|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on June 27, 2013|
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on June 27, 2013.
Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcements.
At the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council, Hungarian Prime Minister Orban Viktor will pay an official visit to China and attend the China-Central and Eastern European Countries Local Leaders' Meeting from July 3 to 6.
During the visit, leaders of the two countries will exchange views on bilateral relations, cooperation between China and central and eastern European countries as well as international and regional issues of common interest. China hopes that through the visit, the two sides could deepen their traditional friendship and cooperation and make fresh progress in the cooperation between China and central and eastern European countries.
At the request of the United Nations, the Chinese government decides to send engineering, medical and security guard units to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) established by the UN Security Council resolution. It is the 30th UN peacekeeping operation in which China has participated since its first dispatch of peacekeepers in 1989 as well as the first peacekeeping operation to which China has sent security troops.
The peacekeeping operation is an important means of the UN to uphold world peace and security. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China always firmly supports and actively participates in UN peacekeeping operations. As one of the major contributors to UN peacekeeping operations, China has so far dispatched a total of over 20,000 military personnel, police and civil officers, among which 1645 military personnel and police are on service in 9 missions. China also contributes the biggest share of UN peacekeeping fee among the developing countries. China will continue to take an active part in UN peacekeeping operations and make its contribution to promoting UN peacekeeping cause and upholding world peace and security.
Q: The Philippine military said that it had revived plans to build new air and naval bases at Subic Bay which American forces could use to counter China's presence in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. What is China's comment?
A: We urge the Philippine side to meet with regional countries halfway, do more things that are conducive to regional peace and stability and play a constructive role in building trust among regional countries and promoting regional peace and stability.
Q: The past 30-plus years has seen a fast growth of China's overall national strength. What international responsibilities will China assume as the world's second largest economy and a permanent member of the Security Council? What contribution could China make to peace and development of the world?
A: China has scored remarkable achievements in its reform and opening-up and realized a fast increase of overall national strength and people's living standard over the past 30-odd years, thanks to our commitment to the socialist path with Chinese characteristics, national development as well as world peace and common development of the mankind.
China pursues peaceful, open, cooperative and win-win development. In the wake of the international financial crisis and European debt crisis, China stood firm with other countries to overcome difficulties and made important contribution to world economic stability and recovery. China stays committed to promoting peace talks on major international and regional issues and has played a constructive role in de-escalating and settling relevant issues. China has taken an active part in peacekeeping operations and has dispatched a total of about 21,000 personnel to 30 UN peacekeeping missions, which is the highest number among the permanent members of the Security Council. China has worked with the international community in energetically tackling global challenges such as terrorism, proliferation of WMD, climate change, food security, energy security and major natural disasters. China is a member of over 100 intergovernmental international organizations and a party to over 300 international conventions. China has also waived debt of 50 heavily indebted poor countries and least developed countries and trained more than 60,000 people for 173 developing countries and 13 regional and international organizations, which contribute to the economic and social development of other developing countries. It has been proven by facts that China is a responsible country and an active participant in building the international system.
China is now speeding up its industrialization, urbanization, information development and agricultural modernization. The 1.3 billion Chinese people are endeavoring to realize the "China dream" of great revival of the Chinese nation. While focusing on its own development, China will also shoulder more and more international responsibilities commensurate with its national strength and standing, take the path of peaceful development, share development opportunities with other countries and jointly meet challenges, and make its due contribution to peace, stability and development of the Asia Pacific and beyond.
Q: Mr. Kevin Rudd was re-elected as the Australian Prime Minister. What is China's comment? How does China envision China-Australia relations?
A: We congratulate Mr. Kevin Rudd on becoming the Australian Prime Minister again.
China-Australia relations are in good shape. The two countries have established strategic partnership and the mechanism of annual regular meeting between leaders. We believe that through the concerted efforts of governments and all sectors of the two countries, China-Australia relations would move constantly forward and deliver greater benefits to the two peoples.
Q: Could you please brief us on ROK President Park Geun-hye's visit to China?
A: President Park Geun-hye arrived in China today for her state visit. This afternoon, President Xi Jinping will hold talks with her, jointly meet the press and youth representatives of China and the ROK, and host a welcome banquet in her honor. Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman Zhang Dejiang will meet with her respectively tomorrow.
China highly values China-ROK relations. President Park Geun-hye has paid great attention to growing ties with China since taking office. The two sides have maintained a good momentum of high-level communication. I noticed that President Park Geun-hye called her visit a "trip of hearts and trust". China expects to have heartfelt and in-depth communication with President Park Geun-hye. China hopes and believes that the visit will further enhance strategic mutual trust between the two countries, chart the course for bilateral relations, promote exchanges and cooperation in all fields, and push for greater development of China-ROK strategic partnership of cooperation. I wish President Park Geun-hye's visit a full success.
Q: China and India will hold the 16th Special Representatives' Meeting on the Boundary Question tomorrow. How do you see the future of special representatives' meeting?
A: 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 on the China-India Boundary Question in Beijing on June 28 and 29. Besides State Councilor Yang Jiechi, Premier Li Keqiang and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will also meet with Special Representative Menon.
Premier Li Keqiang once said that friendship, cooperation and development between China and India is friendship, 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, which serves the interests of the two peoples as well as regional peace, stability and development.
China-India boundary question is a complicated issue left over from history, which takes time to resolve. We must see that 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. 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, we hope that the two sides could 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 US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved a non-binding resolution on June 25 which "reaffirmed the strong support of the US for the peaceful resolution of the territorial, sovereignty and jurisdictional disputes in the Asia-Pacific maritime domains", and condemned the use of coercion, threats, or force to assert disputed maritime or territorial claims or alter the status quo. What is China's comment?
A: We pay close attention to the resolution submitted by a small number of US congressmen. The so-called "views" of the resolution ignore history and facts and send a wrong signal, and thus not conducive to the proper handling and settlement of the issue. China is strongly opposed to that. We urge relevant US lawmakers to tell right from wrong, abandon prejudice and stop pushing through the resolution so as to avoid complicating regional situation.