|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on June 20, 2013|
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on June 20, 2013.
Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcements.
Vice President Li Yuanchao will attend and address the opening ceremony of the second "World Peace Forum" held by the Tsinghua University on June 27. President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Suriname Desire Bouterse, Secretary General of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Dmitry Mezentsev and other foreign leaders, heads of international organizations as well as a few former foreign leaders will attend the forum upon invitation.
At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation José García-Margallo will pay an official visit to China from June 24 to 28.
Q: Please give us more details about the "World Peace Forum", such as the theme and participants of the forum and the reason for China's hosting of the forum.
A: The "World Peace Forum" is the first high-level and non-governmental international forum on security held by China. It serves as a platform for strategists and heads of think tanks from different countries to discuss how to promote international peace and security. The forum is organized by Tsinghua University in partnership with the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs. The first forum was successfully held by the Tsinghua University in July, 2012. The then Vice President Xi Jinping attended and addressed the opening ceremony.
The second forum will be held in the Tsinghua University on June 27 and 28. With the theme of "International Security in a Changing World: Peace, Development, Innovation", the forum will cover topics like the trend of international security, innovation and international security, international coordination and international security, social development and international security and etc..
Vice President Li Yuanchao will attend and address the opening ceremony of the forum on the morning of June 27. President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Suriname Desire Bouterse, Secretary General of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Dmitry Mezentsev and other foreign leaders and heads of international organizations will attend the forum upon invitation. Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, former Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, former Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and other former foreign leaders will attend the forum upon invitation. There will be around 500 participants from home and abroad.
Q: Please brief us on Spanish Foreign Minister Margallo's itinerary in China and China's expectation for his visit.
A: During Foreign Minister Margallo's visit to China, Chinese leaders will meet with him and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will hold talks with him to discuss China-Spain relations and issues of common interest.
China-Spain comprehensive strategic partnership has made remarkable progress over recent years, as evidenced by frequent high-level interaction, solid political mutual trust and increasingly close exchanges and cooperation in trade, energy and culture. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Spain. The two countries will jointly hold a series of celebrations. We believe that Foreign Minister Margallo's visit will help enhance mutual understanding between the two countries, deepen result-oriented cooperation in all fields and promote bilateral relations.
Q: The UN International Meeting In Support of Palestinian-Israeli Peace was successfully held in Beijing, attracting wide attention. Comments say that China's hosting of the meeting underscores its more active involvement in the Middle East affairs and China's active role on the settlement of the Middle East issue is attracting more attention. What is China's comment?
A: The UN International Meeting In Support of Palestinian-Israeli Peace was held in Beijing on June 18 and 19. More than 150 participants including representatives and academics from over 40 countries and relevant international organizations attended the meeting. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with the senior representatives. Assistant Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu attended and addressed the opening ceremony.
As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China places high importance on fulfilling the obligation of upholding world peace and stability, firmly supports the just cause of the Palestinian people, and has been actively involved in advancing the Middle East peace process. We hosted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on their separate visits to China to promote peace talks, and President Xi Jinping laid out a Four-Point Proposal on the settlement of the Palestinian issue. It is a major step taken by China to advance Palestine-Israel peace talks. In order to implement the Four-Point Proposal, China hosted the International Meeting In Support of Palestinian-Israeli Peace.
In their remarks, senior representatives such as Chairman Abdou Salam Diallo of the UN Committee on the Exercise of Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People spoke highly of China's Four-Point Proposal on the settlement of the Palestinian issue and applauded China's impartial and just position and active role on the issue over years as a permanent member of the UN Security Council. They said that while regional situation including the turbulence in Syria is worsening, it is more pressing to settle the Palestinian issue through negotiation, and the international community and relevant parties should redouble their efforts to promote the resumption of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks and push for a just and proper settlement of the Palestinian issue.
China welcomes the efforts made by all relevant parties for promoting peace talks between Palestine and Israel and is willing to continue working for an early, just and reasonable solution of the Palestinian issue together with the international community so as to help Palestinian and Israeli people realize the dream of ending conflict and enjoying peace.
Q: Kim Kye-gwan, First Vice Foreign Minister of the DPRK said yesterday that the DPRK would like to take part in any kind of talks, including the Six-Party Talks. However, the ROK, Japan and the US claimed that the DPRK should not talk for the sake of talks but take actions for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. What is China's comment? Is China of the view that preconditions should be set for the resumption of the Six-Party Talks?
A: Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui co-chaired the strategic dialogue between foreign ministries of China and the DPRK with Kim Kye-gwan, First Vice Foreign Minister of the DPRK on June 19 in Beijing. When talking about the Korean nuclear issue, Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui said that it is in the interests of all parties to realize denuclearization, peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and solve relevant issue through dialogue and consultation. China supports talks among relevant parties and hopes to see an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks. Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said that to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula was the wish of late President Kim Il-sung and late General Secretary Kim Jong-il. The DPRK is willing to hold talks with relevant parties, attend any kind of talks including the Six-Party Talks and solve the nuclear issue peacefully through negotiation.
All parties should cherish the hard-won signs of the relaxation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, maintain dialogue and contact, enhance mutual trust, improve relations and solve relevant issues through dialogue and consultation. The Six-Party Talks is an effective mechanism to realize denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and safeguard peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia. It is also an important platform for the improvement of relations among all relevant parties. We hope that all parties would seize the opportunity, meet each other halfway and create conditions for an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks. China stands ready to work with all parties to push forward the Six-Party Talks, implement the September 19 Joint Statement in a comprehensive and balanced manner and make unremitting efforts for enduring peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia.
Q: Militants carried out a deadly assault on the UN compound in the Somali capital on June 19, killing 22 people including the UN staff. Somali anti-government forces al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack. What is China's comment?
A: China strongly condemns the terrorist attack against the UN agency and staff in the Somali capital Mogadishu on June 19 and expresses condolences to the victims and sympathies to the bereaved families, the Somali government and people. China will continue to fight against terrorism together with the rest of the world and make constructive efforts for durable peace and national restoration of Somalia.
Q: It is reported that US President Barack Obama on June 19 called for a consultation with Russia on the massive reduction of strategic nuclear stockpiles. The Russian side said that all nuclear-weapon states should reduce nuclear weapons, not just the US and Russia. What is China's comment?
A: We believe that the US and Russia, which have the largest nuclear arsenals, should shoulder special and primary responsibility in nuclear disarmament and substantially cut their nuclear arsenals in a verifiable and irreversible manner. It will help create necessary conditions for a thorough and complete nuclear disarmament.
Q: It is reported that the Afghan Taliban announced to open a political office in Qatari capital Doha in the name of the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan". Dissatisfied with that, the Afghan government announced to stop talks with the US on bilateral security agreement. What is China's comment?
A: China always supports the "Afghan-owned and Afghan-led" reconciliation process. China maintains that the international community should facilitate the Afghan reconciliation process based on the respect for Afghanistan's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and join the endeavour to realize the governance of Afghanistan by the Afghan people at an early date.
Q: The US State Department released the 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report which downgraded China from the Tier 2 Watch List to the Tier 3. How does China respond?
A: The Chinese government always pays high attention to combating all forms of trafficking in persons and protecting the rights and interests of the victims. We have been improving domestic legislation, enhancing law enforcement and judicial measures and carrying out cooperation with all countries. China has made tangible efforts and remarkable achievements, which are undeniable. No country can "rate" others by posing itself as an authority.