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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on June 28, 2013

2013/06/28

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on June 28, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement.

At the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan will pay an official visit to China from July 3 to 8.

China-Pakistan strategic cooperative partnership enjoys a good momentum of growth as evidenced by frequent high-level interaction, practical and fruitful cooperation and increasingly vibrant cultural and people-to-people exchanges. Premier Li Keqiang recently paid a successful visit to Pakistan. Mutual visits by prime ministers of the two countries in less than two months underscore their special friendship. China is satisfied with the development of China-Pakistan relations and has every confidence in the prospect of their friendly cooperation. China is ready to work with Pakistan to ensure Prime Minister Sharif's visit a success and follow through on the consensus by leaders of the two countries for fresh progress in China-Pakistan relations. We believe that the visit will inject new impetus into China-Pakistan strategic cooperative partnership.

Q: The US State Department spokesman asked China to handle the violent terrorist attack in Shanshan County of Xinjiang according to the law and said that the US was deeply concerned about ongoing reports of discrimination and restrictions against Uighurs and Muslims in China. What is China's comment?

A: We have taken note of the remarks by the US State Department spokesman. The Chinese government protects the rights and interests of people of all ethnic groups including their freedom of religious belief in accordance with law. We express dissatisfaction with and opposition to the US' groundless comments on the case and accusation against China's ethnic and religious policy before finding out the truth. The US is also a victim of terrorism and should be fully aware of the danger of violent terrorism. We hope that the US, instead of taking a "double standard" on anti-terrorism, could condemn and fight terrorism in all manifestations and strengthen international cooperation on anti-terrorism in a joint bid to maintain peace and stability in the region and beyond.

Q: China has over 500 million Internet users, more than any other country in the world. How does China see the issue of cyber security as a major country of Internet?

A: Since its introduction into China in 1994, the Internet has become an important social infrastructure in China through more than a decade of fast development and has played an important role in promoting China's social and economic development. However, China's Internet has been facing the grave threat of offences and crimes such as hacker attacks and cyber virus. Statistics show that over 14.2 million host machines in China were controlled from overseas in 2012 alone, among which there are computers of a large number of Internet users as well as financial, transportation, energy sectors, seriously jeopardizing China's economic development and people's work and life. China has been one of the major victims of cyber attacks. The Chinese government, therefore, takes seriously the issue of cyber security, opposes any hacker attack and has worked out relevant laws and regulations to prohibit and combat hacker attacks.

We always believe that cyber security is a global issue. The cyber space is like a community of common destiny where countries are highly interdependent. What we need in the cyber space is cooperation and regulation instead of strife. China always champions the building of a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyber space and the formulation of relevant international regulations within the framework of the UN, and has put forward specific proposals. China hopes that relevant parties could stop irresponsible attack and accusation against China and make their own efforts to enhance mutual trust and cooperation among all parties so as to jointly uphold peace and security in the cyber space.

Q: How does China assess ROK President Park Geun-hye's visit to China? What is China's comment on the outcome of the meeting between presidents of the two countries?

A: President Park Geun-hye's visit to China is still underway. Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman Zhang Dejiang will meet with her respectively today. She will also visit Xi'an tomorrow. We have noted that her visit has been closely watched and fully covered by both Chinese and foreign media. They have great expectation for the outcome of the visit.

President Xi Jinping and President Park Geun-hye had good and fruitful discussions yesterday. The two heads of state had an in-depth exchange of views and reached broad consensus on developing China-ROK strategic cooperative partnership and strengthening cooperation on major international and regional issues including the situation of the Korean Peninsula. President Xi said that China-ROK relations are at a new historical starting point. The two countries have important shared interests in and positive will to step up cooperation on developing their respective economy, promoting global economic stability and recovery, handling regional and international hotspot issues and meeting various global challenges. We have every confidence in the development of China-ROK relations and stand ready to work with the ROK to pave the way for the long-term development of bilateral relations and push forward mutually beneficial cooperation in all fields. President Park Geun-hye said that the ROK is ready to bolster the strategic cooperative partnership with China, share their dreams, work for common development, and jointly promote peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia.

The two sides also issued the China-ROK Joint Statement for the Future and the Action Plan to Enrich China-ROK Strategic Cooperative Partnership. China looks forward to working with the ROK to implement the important consensus by the two heads of state for more outcomes of their strategic cooperative partnership. It will benefit not only the two peoples but also peace, stability and development of Northeast Asia.

Q: Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and Philippine Navy Chief Jose Alano said in their talks the other day that China was carrying out frequent maritime activities. Unilaterally altering status quo should not be allowed. China should abide by international law. The Japanese and Philippine defense ministers also said in their meeting that they would step up cooperation on protecting remote islands and maritime interests. What is China's comment?

A: It is justified for China to carry out normal maritime activities according to international law and relevant domestic laws. Meanwhile, China always stands for and stays committed to settling territorial and maritime disputes through dialogue and consultation. China firmly safeguards regional peace and stability.

We are pleased to see the development of normal and friendly relations among other countries. But if relevant countries team up to cause troubles, intentionally play up tensions in the region and mislead the international opinion, we will oppose. We hope that relevant parties could have a clear and correct reading of the situation, do more things that are conducive to the political and security mutual trust among regional countries as well as peace and stability of the region, rather than the opposite.

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