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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on March 14, 2013

2013/03/15

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on March 14, 2013.

Q: Sudan and South Sudan recently reached consensus in Addis Ababa on the implementation of the border security agreement and the African Union-proposed timetable for implementing the already-signed agreements. What is China's comment?

A: China welcomes the consensus between Sudan and South Sudan on the implementation of the already-signed agreements, and hopes that both sides could earnestly implement the agreements and appropriately solve other outstanding issues through negotiation at an early date.

Q: What is China's comment on yesterday's election of the new Pope? What conditions does China believe are neccessary for improving China-Vatican relations?

A: We congratulate Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio on his election as the new Pope. The Chinese government's position on China-Vatican relations is consistent and clear. We hope that under the leadership of the new Pope, Vatican could work with China to create favorable conditions for the improvement of relations.

The Chinese government's two basic principles in dealing with China-Vatican relations are consistent and unchanged. We hope Vatican could adopt a flexible and practical attitude and take concrete actions to create conditions for the improvement of China-Vatican relations.

Q: What is China's comment on the article by Lamido Sanusi, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) at the Financial Times on March 12?

A: We have noted relevant remarks by Governor of the CBN. China expresses concerns over and dissatisfaction with these remarks which are not true. Long suffered from colonial rule in history, Africa should know well what colonialism is. In recent years, China-Africa cooperation has strongly promoted the development of economy and improvement of people's livelihood in Africa. It has been widely applauded by African countries and the international community. It is obviously illogical to compare China-Africa cooperation to former Western colonial activities. China will continue to develop its relations with Africa in the principles of sincerity, friendliness, equality, mutual benefit and common development and make positive contributions to peace, stability and development of Africa.

Q: The US Congress has rebuffed the Obama administration's proposal of increasing US funding to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This will affect the implementation of the IMF's reform package which will elevate China's quota in the organization. What is China's comment?

A: We hope that relevant quota and governance reform package of the IMF will be implemented timely and effectively.

Q: In his interview with the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) on March 13, President Barack Obama said that the US had made it clear to China that the US expects China to follow international norms and abide by international rules on cyber security issues and that the US would carry out serious dialogues with China. What is China's comment?

A: Recently, we have repeatedly expounded our principled position. Cyber security is a global issue. 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.

Q: On March 13, Nepal's four major political parties reached consensus on forming an interim government and holding the Constituent Assembly election. What is China's comment?

A: China welcomes the consensus reached by Nepal's major political parties on pushing forward the constitutional process and the establishment of the Interim Election Council. As a friendly neighbour, we sincerely hope that political forces in Nepal could continue to seek political consensus through dialogue and negotiation and conclude the peace and constitutional process at an early date so as to realize political stability and economic development.

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