|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on June 25, 2013|
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on June 25, 2013.
Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement.
At the invitation of Chinese Special Representative on the China-India boundary question and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, Indian Special Representative and National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon will attend the 16th Special Representatives' Meeting for the China-India Boundary Question in Beijing on June 28 and 29.
Q: A US State Department official reportedly said that the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) would not have allowed Snowden to leave Hong Kong without the approval from the Chinese central government. What is your comment? The US side also said that the Snowden case would bring negative consequences to China-US relations. What is China's comment?
A: I have stated many times that the HKSAR government was handling the case in accordance with law, which is justified and should be respected.
It is unjustified for the US to question the HKSAR government's handling of the case in accordance with law. The US' accusation against the Chinese central government is unfounded and therefore is unacceptable to China.
Our position on China-US relations is consistent and clear. A healthy and steady China-US relationship serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples and contributes to peace, stability and development of the Asia Pacific and beyond. We hope that the US side could work with China to follow through on the important consensus reached by the heads of state of our two countries, strengthen dialogue and cooperation, and manage frictions and differences so as to push forward China-US relations.
Q: Chinese candidate Li Yong was recently elected Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). What is China's comment?
A: Chinese candidate Li Yong won the vote and was nominated as Director-General of the UNIDO at the 41st session of the Industrial Development Board held in Vienna on June 24. He will be officially appointed at a special session of the General Conference on June 28. We congratulate Mr. Li Yong and appreciate the support and trust of all countries.
Mr. Li Yong has long engaged in international development cooperation with profressional credentials and rich experience. We believe that under his leadership, the UNIDO Secretariat could do a better job of serving the member states and promoting sustainable industrial development and international cooperation in this field.
The Chinese government highly values the UNIDO's role and has conducted fruitful cooperation with it. We will actively support the new Director-General's work and a bigger role of the organization in international cooperation on industrial development. We hope all countries could continue their active involvement in the UNIDO activities, step up their support to the organization and support the new Director-General in carrying out his duties.
Q: First, Please brief us on Indian Special Representative and National Security Advisor Menon's itinerary in Beijing. Second, how does China assess the outcomes of the previous fifteen rounds of special representatives' meetings for the boundary question?
A: On the first question, we will release relevant information in due course.
On the second question, China-India relations enjoy a sound growth momentum. The two countries maintain effective communication over the boundary question, and the border areas are peaceful and stable on the whole. Premier Li Keqiang paid a successful and fruitful visit to India not long ago. He said during the visit that friendship, cooperation and development between China and India is frienship, cooperation and development of over one third of the humanity, which is of major implications and significance to the whole world. We hope to make joint efforts with India to maintain the sound and steady development of our relationship. China pays great attention to the special representatives' meeting, since it is another important high-level contact between the two countries after Premier Li Keqiang's visit to India. The two sides will follow the requirements of their leaders by maintaining the momentum of border negotiations and jointly upholding peace and tranquility in the border areas. The two sides will also discuss bilateral relations and major interntaional and regional issues with a view to advancing China-India relations in an all-round and in-depth manner.
China-India boundary question is a complicated issue left over from history. The two sides have made longstanding efforts for an early settlement of the boundary question. Positive progress has been made in the previous rounds of special representatives' meetings for the China-India boundary question. We have signed the political parameters and guiding principles for the settlement of the boundary question and reached preliminary agreement on the framework of a solution. We are ready to work with the Indian side to make good use of the existing mechanisms and find an equitable, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution based on the agreement and consensus between the two sides. Pending the final settlement of the boundary question, the two sides should make joint efforts to uphold peace and tranquility in the border areas and prevent the boundary question from affecting the overall development of bilateral relations.
Q: The Bloomburg reported that the US was investigating into the possibility of Snowden being China's agent. What is China's comment?
A: This is totally groundless and extremely irresponsible.
Q: It is reported that Brunei is pushing for an agreement among parties concerned on a code of conduct in the South China Sea (COC) by the end of the year. Does China support that?
China is always open to discussions on the formulation of the COC with ASEAN countries and maintains smooth and effective communication with them. All parties agree that under the current circumstances, it is imperative to implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in a comprehensive and effective manner, maitain the momentum of dialogue, actively create conditions and work towards the final agreement on the COC based on the consensus through consultation.
The 8th meeting of the joint working group on the implementation of the DOC was held in Bangkok, Thailand on May 29. Participants discussed how to move ahead with the COC and enhanced their mutual understanding. All parties agreed to steadily push ahead with the COC in the course of comprehensively and effectively implementing the DOC based on existing consensus. China is ready to maitain close dialogue and consultation with all parties concerned.
Q: Some people in the US said that it was an irony that Snowden fled to countries with no freedom of the internet and information. The US' cyber intelligence programs are rules-based and different from cyber theft. How does China respond?
A: It is surprising that there are still some one in the US making such remarks. I want to advise these people to take a look at the mirror first and focus on their own business.
China's position on cyber security is consistent and clear. China is opposed to all forms of cyber attacks and a double standard on this issue. What we need in the cyber space is cooperation and international regulations. We hope that all parties could conduct dialogue and cooperation actively in the spirit of mutual respect and trust and handle the issue of cyber security properly so as to jointly uphold peace and security of the cyber space.