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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on March 12, 2013

2013/03/13

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on March 12, 2013.

Q: US National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon delivered a speech on US' Asia-Pacific policy at the Asia Society in New York yesterday, in which he talked about the Obama administration's China policy in its second term and expressed concerns over the cyber security issue. What is China's comment? Donilon also said that the US Department of the Treasury would impose sanctions against the DPRK's Foreign Trade Bank. What is China's comment? Does China believe that the US' sanctions against the DPRK are effective?

A: Donilon said in the speech that the US welcomes the rise of a peaceful and prosperous China and disagrees with the theory of "great power confrontation", adding that the US will continue to place high value on China-US relations, improve communication, promote cooperation and manage differences with China so as to jointly build a new type of relations between major countries. We welcome the above positive remarks.

China-US relations are now at an important stage where we should build on past achievements and forge ahead into the future. China hopes to work with the US side, in accordance with the important consensus reached by heads of state of the two countries, to keep to the overall direction of bilateral relations, enhance coordination and cooperation in all fields and earnestly respect and accommodate each other's core interests and major concerns so as to jointly explore a way to build the new type of relations between major countries based on mutual respect through win-win cooperation.

Cyber security is a global issue. In fact, China is a vulnerable group in terms of cyber security as well as one of the countries that come under the most serious cyber attacks. The Chinese government attaches great importance to the issue of Internet security, and firmly opposes and combats cyber attacks in accordance with law. What the cyberspace needs is not war, but rules and cooperation. China stands ready to work with the international community including the US to carry out constructive dialogues and cooperation in the principles of mutual respect and trust so as to jointly safeguard "peace, security, openness and cooperation" of the cyberspace.

On your second question, Resolution 2094 of the UN Security Council has demonstrated the international community's objection to the DPRK's nuclear test. Meanwhile, it pledged to peacefully solve the Korean nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiation. China always believes that sanction itself is not the purpose. We hope relevant parties could uphold dialogue and negotiation, in an effort to solve the Korean nuclear issue within the framework of the Six-Party Talks and explore an effective way to realize long-lasting peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia.

Q: It is reported that the Myanmar government and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) held a new round of peace talks in Ruili. Please give us more information.

A: Delegations from the Myanmar government and the KIO held peace talks in Ruili, Yunnan Province on March 11. This is a new round of negotiation following their talks in Ruili in early February which have yielded positive results. The two sides issued a joint statement and agreed to make continuous efforts till the realization of a firm ceasefire on the basis of mutual understanding, respect and trust, with the aim of launching true political peace talks. They will continue the consultation on military issues in the most conflict prone regions. China provided assistance and convenience to this round of talks at the request of the two sides. Special Envoy of the Foreign Ministry on Asian Affairs Wang Yingfan met with heads and senior members of the delegations respectively. Both sides appreciated China's constructive role in facilitating the talks.

Q: US media reports cited US experts' conjecture that the space debris which accidentally hit a small Russian scientific research satellite might be left by China's outer space test in 2007. What is China's comment?

A: We have noted relevant reports. Relevant remarks are neither professional nor responsible.

Space debris comes into being with the passage of time through human beings' long-term outer space activities. The international community has already had a fair judgement on who is the biggest "contributor" of space debris. China always supports international actions to reduce space debris and has adopted a host of measures. We are ready to make continuous efforts with relevant parties to reduce space debris.

Q: During the 2012 US Presidential election, Barack Obama admitted the launch of "Stuxnet" attacks against the computer system of Iran's nuclear facilities as well as several cyber attacks against Iran. What is China's opinion on these activities and does China believe them to be legal?

A: I am not aware of the situation you mentioned. China always believes that the international community should be committed to building a "peaceful, secure, open and cooperative" cyberspace and opposes turning the cyberspace into a new battlefield. We hope relevant parties could adopt a constructive and cooperative attitude in jointly safeguarding peace and security of the cyberspace.

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