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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on June 13, 2013

2013/06/14

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on June 13, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcements.

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang will pay a state visit to China from June 19 to 21.

At the invitation of the Chinese government, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will pay an official visit to China from June 18 to 21.

Q: According to media revelations, the US has engaged in cyber surveillance on China for many years. What is China's comment?

A: China has repeatedly reiterated that China has been one of the major victims of hacker attacks and confronted with the grave threat of cyber attack. China is a firm advocate of cyber security. The Chinese government always takes cyber security seriously and opposes any hacker or cyber attack. We believe that cyber security is a global issue and the international community should conduct constructive dialogue and cooperation on the issue based on mutual respect and trust.

China and the US agreed to set up a cyber working group within the framework of China-US Strategic Security Dialogue. We hope that both sides could take an even-tempered, level-headed and objective approach to the issue, build up understanding and trust and enhance cooperation through dialogue and communication so as to jointly build a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyberspace. Taking a double standard on cyber security does not help solve the issue

Q: Former South African President Nelson Mandela was recently hospitalized for lung infection. His health conditions attracted wide attention. What is China's comment?

A: Mr. Mandela is a famous anti-apartheid leader in South Africa, the founder of new South Africa as well as a world renowned statesman.

Mr. Mandela was recently hospitalized once again for lung infection, raising concern of the South African people and attracting high attention of the international community. The Chinese Ambassador in South Africa has extended his regards to the South African government, and through it, to Mr. Mandela and his family. We sincerely wish Mr. Mandela an early recovery.

Q: Please update us on China's handling of the detention of Chinese citizens suspected of illegal gold mining in Ghana.

A: The Chinese government takes seriously issues related to Chinese citizens digging gold in Ghana and has dispatched once again to Ghana a joint working team consisting of members from Chinese ministries of foreign affairs, commerce and public security.

Shortly after its arrival, the working team and the leading official of the Chinese Embassy in Ghana met with senior officials of Ghana's security, immigration and internal departments, asking the Ghanian side to protect Chinese gold miners' safety and legitimate rights and interests, carry out civilized law enforcement, stop arresting Chinese nationals outside the mining areas, and prevent some locals from looting Chinese nationals. The Chinese officials urged the Ghanian authorities to ensure the safety and facilitate the travel of those Chinese citizens who want to leave the country, keep intact the production equipments of the Chinese gold miners in order to cut property loss, and deal with the lawbreaking locals so as to prevent illegal gold mining for good. The working team also met with the Chinese gold miners, listened to their briefing and requests, gave them advice on how to deal with the situation and offered to assist their return to China.

All the 169 Chinese gold miners detained in Ghana's large-scale clean-up actions of illegal gold mining have been set free so far and will return to China in groups after relevant paperwork is finished. Coordinatd by relevant departments of the central government, working teams from the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Fujian Province have also gone to Ghana and will work with the Chinese Embassy in Ghana to assist the return of the Chinese citizens concerned.

The Chinese government will continue to go all-out to protect the safety and legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese gold miners and work for a proper solution of relevant issue.

Q: It is reported that the DPRK and the ROK decided to cancel the inter-governmental talks scheduled for June 12. What is China's comment?

A: We have taken note of relevant report and hope that relevant parties could cherish the hard-won momentum of dialogue on the Korean Peninsula and seize the opportunity, keep the momentum of dialogue and contact and make active efforts to improve relations between the North and the South and ease the situation on the Peninsula.

Q: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir announced on June 8 the closure of pipelines exporting South Sudanese oil from June 9 due to South Sudan's backing of rebels in Sudan. What is China's comment?

A: China is concerned about the recent setback in Sudan-South Sudan relations which has affected the oil sector. Maintaining normal oil production and export in South Sudan concerns not only major economic interests of Sudan and South Sudan but also their overall relations. We appeal to both sides to stay calm and restrained, accommodate each other's major concerns, honor their agreement in good faith, properly address their disputes through negotiation and consultation based on mutual accommodation and understanding in order to uphold the larger interests of bilateral relations.

Q: The EU plans to file a complaint with the WTO against China over its tarrifs on stainless steel tubes from the EU. What is China's comment?

A: I am not aware of the specifics. We stand for a proper solution of China-EU economic and trade frictions through dialogue and consultation. Being important trade partners, it is natural for China and the EU to encounter some frictions and problems. What's important is that the two sides should always try to solve them through friendly consultation so as to jointly uphold the larger interests of China-EU business ties.

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