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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on February 25, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on February 25, 2013.

Q: What is China's comment on Park Geun-hye's swearing-in as President of the ROK as well as China's expectation for the development of China-ROK relations in the future?

A: We congratulate Ms. Park Geun-hye on her official assumption of office as the ROK President. As the Special Representative of President Hu Jintao and General Secretary Xi Jinping, Liu Yandong, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and State Councilor, arrived in the ROK on February 23 and attended the inauguration ceremony of President Park Geun-hye this morning.

China and the ROK are important neighbours. We attach great importance to the ROK and China-ROK relations, which are now in good shape. It serves the interests of the two countries and peoples and is conducive to regional peace, stability and development to maintain the sustainable, steady and healthy development of China-ROK relations. Under the new circumstances of the new era, China stands ready to work with the ROK to constantly deepen bilateral friendly exchanges and practical cooperation across the board and further enrich China-ROK strategic partnership of cooperation.

Q: First, in the meeting with President Barack Obama during his recent visit to the US, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Japan has always been calmly dealing with the Diaoyu Islands issue, and since Japan-China relationship is one of the most important bilateral relations to Japan, win-win relations should be built based on strategic mutual benefit despite antagonism between the two sides, adding that Japan stands ready to maintain dialogues including those at the political level with China. What is China's comment? Second, Japan and the US issued a joint statement on the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP). What is China's comment?

A: On your first question, we have noted relevant reports and have made clear our solemn position on Japanese leader's recent remarks concerning China in his interview with the US media. China remains committed to the policy of developing its relations with Japan on the basis of the principles of the four political documents between the two countries. We hope Japan could match words with deeds, show sincerity and take concrete measures to join China in bringing China-Japan relations back to the track of normal development at an early date.

On your second question, China is open to any cooperation initiative that is conducive to economic integration and common prosperity of the Asia Pacific including the TPP. Under the current situation, we should take full consideration of differences and diversities of regional economic development and promote economic integration of the Asia Pacific step by step in accordance with the principles of openness, inclusiveness and transparency.

Q: It is reported that the recent serial bombings in the Southern Indian city of Hyderabad have caused hundreds of casualties. What is China's comment?

A: China condemns the bomb attack. We express sincere sympathy to the Indian government and people, the bereaved families and the injured as well as condolences to the victims.

Q: It is reported that some German government institutes and businesses were attacked by suspected Chinese hackers. Will China investigate this?

A: We have repeatedly expounded our position on cyber attack. I would like to point out that the main crux of the cyber security issue now is that some countries take the internet as a new battlefield, vigorously develop cyber warfare capabilities, expand cyber military alliance, call for cyber deterrence and promote the formulation of engagement rules in the cyberspace so as to justify their launch of cyber attacks. All the above increase the risk of conflicts between countries in the cyberspace. China is concerned over the negative development of the situation. Against such a background, some countries deliberately make an issue of "cyber espionage" to divert the international community's attention. This makes no contribution to countries' cooperation on the cyber security issue as well as the international community's efforts to promote cyber security.

In recent years, China has developed bilateral law enforcement cooperation with more than 30 countries and regions including the US, the UK, Germany and Russia and has formed a relatively complete mechanism on combatting cyber crimes and hacker attacks. We hope relevant party will stop unilateral groundless accusations and hype and make joint efforts with China to build a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyberspace.

Q: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in his speech at the US Center for Strategic and International Studies on February 22 that both history and international law can prove that "Senkaku Islands" belong to Japan, which has never been questioned by a single country from 1895 to 1971. What is China's comment?

A: The logic of the above remarks is absurd. Can one change the reality of stealing and illegally occupying the property of others by stealing and then hiding it in his pocket for a while? Similarly, no matter how the Japanese side quibbles, the fact that it illegally seized Chinese territory can not be covered up.

Diaoyu Islands are China's inherent territory, over the nearly 500 years from the 15th century to 1895, no country had ever challenged China's sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands. After the end of World War II, defeated as Japan was, it did not fulfill its international obligations as prescribed in the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Proclamation by returning the Diaoyu Islands to China. All actions that Japan has taken up till now over the Diaoyu Islands are based on its theft and occupation of the Chinese territory, and are thus illegal and invalid. We urge the Japanese side to correct its attitude, face up to history and reality, and make concrete efforts for the proper settlement of the Diaoyu Islands issue and the improvement of China-Japan relations.

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