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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on May 8, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on May 8, 2013.

Q: The People's Daily published an article today titled "On the Treaty of Shimonoseki and the Diaoyu Islands Issue", calling into question Japan's sovereignty over the Ryuku Islands. Does China believe the Ryukus and Okinawa are Japan's territory?

A: Academics have long paid attention to the history of the Ryukus and Okinawa.

I would like to reiterate that the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands are China's inherent territory and have never been part of the Ryukus or Okinawa.

Q: First, Indian Minister of External Affairs Shri Salman Khurshid will visit China tomorrow. Which Chinese leaders will meet with him? Second, the issue of standoff in the China-India border areas has been settled recently. Could you give us more details of the agreement between the two countries?

A: At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Indian Minister of External Affairs Shri Salman Khurshid will pay an official visit to China from May 9 to 10. Chinese leaders will meet with Khurshid and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will hold talks with him during the visit. Relevant information will be released timely.

Both China and India are major emerging market economies and developing countries. The sound and stable development of China-India relations serves the interests of both peoples as well as peace, stability and prosperity of Asia and beyond. In recent years, thanks to joint efforts of the two sides, China-India relations have maintained sound development as evidenced by ever-deepening political mutual trust, fruitful practical cooperation across the board and good coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs. China is ready to push forward China-India strategic and cooperative partnership through the visit of Foreign Minister Khurshid.

Handling border-related incidents in a timely and proper manner serves the fundamental interests and meets the common aspiration of the two countries. China and India reached agreement on solving the incident in the western section of the boundary through consultation. Relevant issue has now been properly settled thanks to the constructive and cooperative attitude and joint efforts of the two sides with the larger interest of bilateral relations in mind. China is ready to work with India to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas and promote the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations.

Q: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will arrive in Beijing today. Will Chinese leaders talk with him about the issue of peace talks between Israel and Palestine?

A: Premier Li Keqiang will hold talks with Prime Minister Netanyahu this afternoon. The two sides will discuss issues of common interest including the Palestinian issue. China hopes that Israel and Palestine could take positive measures to remove barriers to peace talks and restart peace talks as soon as possible.

Q: It is reported that French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said during his visit to Hong Kong that "China's development will bring opportunities to the globe, and create jobs for Europe, including France". What is China's comment?

A: Anyone with vision and without bias will come to the same conclusion as that of Mr. Fabius about whether China's development is an opportunity or a threat to the world. French President Francois Hollande paid a successful visit to China last month. Leaders of the two countries reached important consensus on strengthening China-France comprehensive strategic partnership and deepening practical cooperation across the board. The French side believes that China's development brings opportunities to Europe and the world. This shows that the concept of "win-win cooperation" championed by China increasingly receives positive response from other countries. China is ready to join hands with France for more fruitful results of bilateral relations in order to bring more benefits to both peoples and contribute to global peace, development and prosperity.

Q: First, ROK President Park Geun-hye said in an interview to American media on her visit to the US that China should exert greater influence to help the DPRK choose the right path. What is China's comment? Second, the ROK and the US agreed to cement their alliance. What is China's comment?

A: On your first question, China always takes an objective, impartial and responsible attitude towards major issues concerning regional security and stability. China's position on the Korean Peninsula issue is very clear. We are committed to peace, stability and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula as well as settlement of relevant issue through dialogue and consultation. Bearing in mind the above principles and objectives, China has stayed in close communication and consultation with all parties concerned and made unremitting efforts in easing tensions on the Peninsula, properly solving relevant issue through dialogue and consultation, and seeking the fundamental solution for longstanding stability and peace of the Peninsula. China will continue to do so in the future.

Maintaining peace and stability, realizing denuclearization of the Peninsula and solving relevant issue through dialogue and consultation serves the common interest and is the shared responsibility of all parties. The current situation on the Peninsula remains complex and sensitive. We hope all parties concerned could play a positive role for peace and stability of the Peninsula and relaxation of the situation.

On your second question, the ROK-US alliance is a bilateral arrangement formed under specific historical circumstances. We hope that the development of relevant bilateral relations could play a constructive role for peace and stability of the Peninsula and the region.

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