|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on April 22, 2013|
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on April 22, 2013.
Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:
As agreed between China and the US, US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns will visit China from April 24 to 25. The two sides will exchange views on China-US relations and international and regional issues of common interest.
Q: Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson yesterday remarked on the international community's assistance to the earthquake-hit zone in Lushan, Sichuan, saying that China does not need foreign assistance now. Does China accept assistance from international non-governmental organizations or other forms of humanitarian assistance?
A: Yesterday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson remarked on the international community's assistance to the earthquake-hit zone in Lushan, Sichuan. After the earthquake hit Lushan of China's Sichuan Province on April 20, the international community immediately expressed sympathy and support to the Chinese government and people, and some countries offered to provide assistance in different forms. The Chinese government and people express sincere appreciation and thanks for that. The Chinese government is going all out for the rescue work, allocating plenty of relief materials and mobilizing a large number of rescue teams. At present, China has guaranteed rescue and medical treatment capability and sufficient relief materials. In light of the inconvenient traffic and telecommunications in the quake zone, foreign rescue and medical teams or relief materials are not required now. We will make requests to relevant countries once needed.
We express appreciation and welcome if any country or organization would like to provide fund assistance to China. As far as I know, the Ministry of Civil Affairs accepts the fund on behalf of the Chinese government, and Chinese diplomatic missions abroad can also help collect and transfer the fund. The Red Cross Society of China has publicized the contact information for international fund assistance. I would also like to bring to your attention that yesterday, the State Council released a notice on orderly rescue and relief work in the quake-hit zone in Lushan, Sichuan, saying that people willing to provide assistance is advised to donate in cash, and the money will mainly be used for reconstruction and long-term relocation of the quake-affected residents.
Q: It is reported that a Russian rescue team arrived in Sichuan this noon. Is this contradictory to China's claim that it does not need foreign assistance?
A: As I said just now, some countries offered to provide assistance in different forms. The Chinese government and people express sincere appreciation and thanks for that. The Chinese government is going all out for the rescue work, allocating plenty of relief materials and mobilizing a large number of rescue teams. At present, China has guaranteed rescue and medical treatment capability. The quake-hit zone is in a valley area with limited space, narrow roads, inconvenient traffic and frequent aftershocks. Large numbers of people's travel to the zone will bring new difficulties to the rescue and relocation work. In light of the traffic and other inconvenient conditions in the area, foreign rescue and medical teams or relief materials are not required now. As far as I know, there is no foreign rescue team in Sichuan. We will make requests to relevant countries once needed.
Q: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine and three Cabinet ministers including Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso visited the Shrine the other day. What is China's comment? Will it affect China-Japan relations?
A: The Yasukuni Shrine issue is about whether those in power in Japan could honestly face the country's past, correctly view and deal with the history of invasion by the Japanese militarism and respect the feelings of people in the victimized countries. People of all countries, including the Chinese people, will wait and see.
The aggression and atrocities committed by the Japanese militarism during the Second World War was evident. Only by facing up to and deeply repenting on the history of aggression can Japan create the future and truly develop friendly and cooperative relations with its Asian neighbours.
China has lodged solemn representations with Japan over its negative actions.
China's position on developing its relations with Japan is very clear. We are ready to develop China-Japan strategic relationship of mutual benefit on the basis of the principles of the four political documents between the two countries. Meanwhile, we urge Japan to face up to and deeply respent on the history and correctly deal with historical issues to create necessary conditions for the improvement and development of bilateral relations.
Q: Indian media reported that Chinese troops had crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the China-India border area for patrol. Please confirm. Have China and India communicated on this?
A: Chinese border forces have always acted in strict compliance with relevant agreements between the two countries, respected and observed the LAC in the China-India border area and carried out normal patrol on the Chinese side without ever crossing the line.
China-India relations are in good shape. The two sides have maintained good communication and coordination on the boundary issue. There is peace and tranquility in the border area. China stands ready to work with India to properly solve the boundary issue left over by history through peaceful negotiations. Pending the final solution, the two sides should jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border area and properly deal with border-related incidents through the existing mechanisms to create favorable conditions for the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations.
Q: First, it is reported that ROK Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se will visit China this week, please confirm. Second, it is learnt that China has barred Philippine fishermen from fishing around the Huangyan Island. What is China's comment?
A: On your first question, we have released the information on ROK Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se's visit to China. At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se will pay an official visit to China on April 24. The two sides will exchange views on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common interest. The specifics of this visit are under coordination and arrangement.
On your second question, the Huangyan Island is indisputable Chinese territory. China carries out necessary management over the Huangyan Island in order to keep its territorial sovereignty from being violated or challenged again.
Q: It is reported that US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin E. Dempsey has arrived in Beijing. Please give us more information.
A: I have no information at present. Please consult relevant department.
Q: The US State Department released the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012 on April 19, in which the China-related part once again criticized China's human rights situation. What is China's comment?
A: Since the reform and opening up more than 30 years ago, China's human rights have made huge and world-renowned progress, which is a matter of fact. The China-related part of the US' reports ignored the facts and is full of prejudices. Meanwhile, the US points fingers at other countries' internal affairs in the reports, while saying nothing about its own human rights problems. This is typical of double standards.
No country's human rights situation is perfect. We stand ready to carry out dialogue and communication with other countries on human rights on the basis of equality and mutual respect to enhance understanding and make joint improvement, but strongly oppose interferences in other countries' internal affairs by using human rights issues.
Q: What is China's position on the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP) ?
A: At present, negotiations on the 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 this reality and promote 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 Asia-Pacific economic integration in a step-by-step manner in the principles of openness, inclusiveness and transparency.