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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on June 26, 2013

2013/06/26

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on June 26, 2013.

Q: ROK President Park Geun-hye will visit China tomorrow. It is reported that the Korean nuclear issue will be on the agenda of her visit. Analysts say that both China and the ROK support denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula but are not completely on the same page over specific issues such as how to press ahead with dialogue. What is China's comment?

A: At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, ROK President Park Geun-hye will pay a state visit to China from June 27 to 30. She will hold talks with President Xi Jinping and meet with Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman Zhang Dejiang respectively. She will also visit Xi'an. During her visit, leaders of the two countries will exchange views on China-ROK relations, the Korean Peninsula issue and other international and regional issues of common interest.

On June 21, ROK's new Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs and Head of Delegation to the Six-Party Talks Cho Tae Yong visited China and held talks with Wu Dawei, Special Representative of the Chinese government on the Korean Peninsula Affairs. The two sides agreed that to handle the Korean nuclear issue properly and realize denuclearization, peace and stability of the Peninsula serves the interests of all parties including China and the ROK. The two sides agreed to stay committed to a peaceful settlement of relevant issue through dialogue and consultation under the framework of the Six-Party Talks.

The situation of the Korean Peninsula has been tense since the beginning of this year. Recently, we have seen signs of an easing of tensions and positive factors thanks to the concerted efforts of all parties. China has made tremendous efforts in this regard. We hope that all parties concerned could cherish and seize the opportunity, maintain dialogue and contact, enhance mutual trust, improve relations and further ease the tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

China believes that despite some setbacks, the Six-Party Talks remains an effective mechanism for peace, stability and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula as well as a major platform for contact, dialogue and improvement of relations among relevant parties. We hope that all parties could make joint efforts to further ease the tensions, return to the track of dialogue and consultation and create conditions for an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks. China will maintain close communication and coordination with all relevant parties including the ROK.

Q: Japanese media quoted the Japanese Defense Ministry's new Defense White Paper as saying that Japan's security environment is worsening, and China's rising military spending and lack of transparency in its military and security affairs is a concern to the region and the international community. Given that Chinese government ships entered the waters off the Diaoyu Islands many times, Japan would beef up the capabilities of its Self-Defense Forces by such means as joint military drills. What is China's comment?

A: Committed to the path of peaceful development, China pursues a national defense policy which is defensive in nature and has transparent strategic intention. China's normal and legitimate development of national defense capabilities is to safeguard its national sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as to uphold peace and stability in the region and beyond. It poses no threat to any country.

On the contrary, Japan's military and security movements have always been followed closely by its Asian neighbours due to historical reasons. In recent years, the Japanese side has been hyping the so-called "China threat" and unilaterally creating tension and confrontations. Given that some Japanese political forces and politicians oftentimes clamor for military buildup, war preparations and frequent military drills, the international community cannot but feel worried about where Japan is heading for.

We hope that Japan could follow the historical trend, seriously reflect on its crime of aggression in the past, stay committed to peaceful development and make more contributions to political and security trust among countries and peace and stability of the region.

I would also like to emphasize that China is firm in its position and resolve to defend its territorial sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands and will continue to take necessary measures to this end. We hope that Japan could stop all provocative words and actions, show sincerity and take concrete steps to properly manage and solve the Diaoyu Islands issue through dialogue and consultation.

Q: It is reported that four Chinese citizens were killed in Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea. Please confirm and give us more details. What has China done?

A: On the evening of June 24 local time, four Chinese citizens were killed in Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea. Preliminary investigation by local police shows that it is a serious and violent criminal case. The Chinese Embassy in Papua New Guinea paid great attention to it and immediately launched the emergency response mechanism by sending consular officials to the scene to assist the police in handling the case. Our Ambassador had an urgent meeting with senior officials of Papua New Guinea, asking its police to bring the perpetrators to justice as soon as possible and take strong measures to protect the safety and property of the Chinese citizens. Prime Minister Peter Paire O'neill of Papua New Guinea issued a statement which strongly condemned the bloody and violent crime. He said that Papua New Guinea would go all-out to capture the perpetrators and expressed deep condolences to the Chinese side and the families of the victims. The Chinese Foreign Ministry and Embassy in Papua New Guinea will follow up on the case and give full assistance to the bereaved families in handling the aftermath.

Q: It is reported that the Philippines and the US will hold a joint naval exercise in the South China Sea starting from tomorrow. What is China's comment?

A: We have seen the report and hope that relevant parties could do more to maintain regional peace and stability rather than the opposite.

After the press conference, a journalist asked for China's comments on the ongoing conflict between the Lebanese army and Salafist militants in the region of Sidon, which killed more than 80 people including over 20 officers and soldiers of the Lebanese army. The Lebanese army has taken control of the area.

Hua Chunying said that China follows closely the recent armed conflict in south Lebanon's Sidon region and supports the efforts by the Lebanese government, army and all political sects for maintaining national security and stability.

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