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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on April 24, 2013

2013/04/25

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on April 24, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Vice President and Foreign Minister of the Swiss Confederation Didier Burkhalter will visit China on April 25.

Q: It is reported that on April 23, a car bomb hit the French Embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli, wounding two French guards. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council have issued statements respectively, strongly condemning the incident. What is China's comment?

A: We strongly condemn this violent attack. China hopes that the Libyan government could take all necessary measures to protect the safety of diplomatic missions and personnel in Libya. Meanwhile, we sincerely hope that Libya could smoothly press ahead with its political and economic reconstruction process and realize the long-lasting peace and stability as well as prosperity and development of the country at an early date.

Q: US media quoted some American officials' saying that the US government is considering tougher confrontational measures against China's cyber espionage. What is China's comment?

A: Cyber security is a worldwide challenge and problem. The international community should carry out constructive dialogue and cooperation in a spirit of equality and mutual respect, and jointly safeguard a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyberspace. Cyberspace should be a new highlight of growth and cooperation to promote China-US relations instead of a source of suspicion and friction. During US Secretary of State John Kerry's recent visit to China, the two sides agreed to set up a cyber working group within the framework of the China-US Strategic Security Dialogue, which I believe is not aimed at confrontation, but dialogue and cooperation. We hope China and the US will carry out constructive dialogue on the cyber security issue to enhance mutual trust, strengthen cooperation and jointly safeguard peace, security, openness and cooperation of the cyberspace.

Q: First, please brief us on the schedule and agenda of US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns' visit to China. Second, Japan and the US plan to hold joint military exercises involving recapturing control of an isolated island in California beaches of the US in June. How will it affect the China-Japan dispute on the Diaoyu Islands?

A: On US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns' visit to China, we will release information in due course.

On your second question, we have noted relevant reports. I would like to point out that no outside pressure could shake the firm will and determination of the Chinese government and people to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity. We hope relevant parties could do more that helps promote mutual political and security trust between countries in the region and safeguard regional peace and stability.

On the Diaoyu Islands issue, we always stand for proper management and solution of relevant issue through bilateral dialogue and consultation. Meanwhile, we will firmly respond to any provocation.

Q: First, please brief us on the schedule of French President François Hollande's visit to China. Second, British Prime Minister David Cameron did not visit China as planned. Is this related to his meeting with Dalai Lama?

A: President Hollande will pay a state visit to China from April 25 to 26. During the visit, President Xi Jinping will hold talks with him, and Premier Li Keqiang, NPC Chairman Zhang Dejiang and other Chinese leaders will meet with him respectively. The two sides will have an in-depth exchange of views on China-France relations, China-EU relations and international and regional issues of common interest. President Hollande will also visit Shanghai.

China attaches great importance to President Hollande's visit. China-France relations are in good shape. We hope that with President Hollande's visit to China, the two sides will enhance political mutual trust, promote practical cooperation across the board, strengthen communication and coordination in international affairs and take China-France relations to a new high. As for the specifics of this visit, please follow the information that we will release in due course.

On your second question, China-UK relations have been impaired by British leaders' meeting with Dalai Lama in May last year. China values its relations with the UK. We believe the healthy and stable development of China-UK relations serves the interests of both sides and also helps promote China-EU relations, but China's position on issues concerning its core interests is firm and unswerving. We hope the UK side could work with China to improve and develop bilateral relations through concrete actions.

Q: Japanese Foreign Ministry yesterday summoned Chinese Ambassador to Japan for representations against Chinese surveillance ships' law enforcement in waters off the Diaoyu Islands. What is China's comment?

A: China does not accept Japan's representations. The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands are China's inherent territory. The China Marine Surveillance's patrol and law enforcement in China's territorial waters in accordance with the law is a necessary response to Japan's provocative action. We will take strong measures to firmly safeguard China's territorial sovereignty.

Q: India asked China to withdraw the troops that "crossed the line". What is China's comment?

A: I would like to reiterate that Chinese border forces have always acted in strict compliance with relevant agreements between the two countries, respected and observed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the China-India border area and carried out normal patrol on the Chinese side without ever crossing the line.

China and India have established a working mechanism on the consultation and coordination of boundary affairs. The channel for communication is unimpeded. Maintaining peace and tranquility in the China-India border area is an important bilateral consensus and serves the fundamental interests of both sides. China stands ready to work with India to properly solve boundary-related issues through the existing mechanism and create favorable conditions for the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations.

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