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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on March 15, 2013

2013/03/16

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on March 15, 2013.

Q: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will formally announce Japan's entry into the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP) tonight. What is China's comment?

A: At the 2010 Economic Leaders' Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Yokohama, Japan, all parties concerned agreed that existing free trade mechanisms and those being planned such as the 10+3, 10+6 and TPP are all feasible means to build the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP). At present, negotiations on TPP, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), China-Japan-ROK Free Trade Area and other free trade arrangements in the Asia Pacific are moving forward in parallel. All parties should respect the reality and press ahead with or participate in relevant negotiations in the basic principles of promoting economic and social development as well as common prosperity of the Asia Pacific. Under the current circumstances, we should take into full consideration the differences and diversity of economic development in the region and push forward the Asia-Pacific region's economic integration process step by step in the principles of openness, inclusiveness and transparency.

Q: It is reported that heads of state of China and the US talked about the cyber security issue during their telephone conversation last night. Please give us more details.

A: On the evening of March 14, President Xi Jinping had a telephone conversation with US President Barack Obama, during which the two exchanged views on the cyber security issue. President Xi Jinping elaborated on China's principled position, saying that the cyber security issue, which is increasingly prominent, has become a comprehensive security challenge that arouses world-wide concerns. It serves the common interests of the international community including China and the US to safeguard peace, security, openness and cooperation of the cyberspace. China firmly opposes all forms of hacker attacks and would stay in touch with the US on the cyber security issue in a constructive way.

Q: It is reported that following the election of its self-governing parliament, there comes a voice in Greenland calling on local government to tighten up its control over foreign companies' investment. A Chinese company's proposed investment of USD 2.3 billion on exploring Greenland's coal mine and exporting its iron ore to China thus bears the brunt of controversy. What is China's comment?

A: I think that current discussions about China's investment in Greenland have gone way beyond the truth. As far as I know, Greenland has issued 20 oil and gas exploration licenses and more than 100 mining licenses to foreign enterprises. None of the above was granted to a Chinese enterprise, and there is no Chinese worker in Greenland. Only one Chinese enterprise has taken an initial part in a third-country's investment project in Greenland. The intention of some media and people's groundless hype of "China making a big push into Greenland" is worth pondering.

Denmark is reputed as the most trade-friendly country in Europe. China and Denmark enjoy mutually beneficial economic cooperation and trade. We appreciate the openness of the central government of Denmark and the autonomous government of Greenland to foreign enterprises' engagement in the development of Greenland's resources and support enterprises of the two sides in carrying out win-win cooperation so as to achieve self-development while benefit local people.

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