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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on July 1, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on July 1, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement.

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta will attend the China-Central and Eastern European Countries Local Leaders Meeting to be held in Chongqing from July 2 to 4. During their stay in Beijing, President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang will meet with them respectively. Hungarian Prime Minister Orban Viktor would not be able to visit China and attend the meeting as scheduled from July 3 to 6 for domestic reasons. China shows its understanding of Hungary's request for a postponement of the visit.

Q: Will Chinese and Japanese Foreign Ministers meet on the sidelines of ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meetings?

A: I have not heard about such arrangement.

Q: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit China this week. What is China's expectation for the visit? How does China view the China-Pakistan economic corridor?

A: As was released last week, at the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang, Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif will pay an official visit to China from July 3 to 8. China places high premium on Prime Minister Sharif's first overseas visit since taking office. President Xi Jinping will meet with Prime Minister Sharif. Premier Li Keqiang will host a welcome ceremony for him and hold talks with him. Chairman Zhang Dejiang will meet with him.

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 and the importance the two sides attach to developing China-Pakistan relations. 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.

During Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Pakistan, the two sides reached an important agreement on building the China-Pakistan economic corridor. We are in close communication on that. China is ready to work with Pakistan to step up the planning and building of the grand project of China-Pakistan economic corridor and make it a new highlight of bilateral cooperation. We believe that the success of the project will contribute to China-Pakistan cooperation and regional development.

Q: It is reported that the Philippines circulated a statement on day one of the 46th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meetings, saying that "it views with serious concern the militarisation of the South China Sea", and the "massive" presence of Chinese military and paramilitary ships at the Huangyan Island and the Ren'ai Reef in the Philippines' exclusive economic zone would be a threat to maritime peace and security of the region. What is China's comment?

A: China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters and will continue to defend resolutely its national sovereignty, rights and interests. China also steadfastly upholds peace and stability in waters off the Nansha Islands.

Facts have proven that what has happened in the South China Sea over recent years was not caused by China. Last year, the Philippines stirred up the incident of the Huangyan Island by harassing Chinese fishermen with warships in relevant waters. This year, the Philippines attempted to build fixed facilities on the Ren'ai Reef where it illegally "grounded" its warship. I would like to call your attention to the fact that China has made repeated representations with the Philippines since the "grounding" of the Philippine warship on the Ren'ai Reef in 1999, asking it to tow away the ship. The Philippines made it clear to the Chinese side that due to a shortage of component parts, it was unable to drag away the ship for the moment, adding that it did not want to be the first party to violate the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC). Therefore, the "grounding" of the Philippine ship does not constitute its occupation of the Ren'ai Reef. Just think about it, if every country could create the so-called "status quo" by grounding a broken-down ship on other's reef, then what rule is there going to be? What honesty and credibility is there going to be? How can we uphold peace and stability of the South China Sea? Therefore, China has every reason to make necessary response to the Philippines' provocative actions that gravely violate China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests as well as the DOC.

I want to stress once again that China has enough sincerity and patience and stays committed to properly solving relevant disputes through dialogue and negotiation with parties directly concerned in light of the spirit of the DOC. If some individual claimant chooses the course of confrontation, it will lead nowhere.

Q: First, Chinese media reported that East Turkistan forces from Syria were involved in the violent terrorist attack in Xinjiang. Can you confirm? Second, the US carried out cyber surveillance on EU institutions and countries. What is China's comment? Third, massive demonstrations recently broke out in the capital of Egypt. What is China's comment?

A: On your first question, the Xinhua News Agency has fully covered the violent terrorist attack in Xinjiang with detailed facts and explicit characterization. It has been proven that the incident is a serious, violent and terrorist attack. China is firmly opposed to all forms of terrorism. The East Turkistan terrorist forces have increased its collusion with international terrorist organizations, severely impairing China's national security and puting other countries' peace and stability in danger. The international community should be highly vigilant. China will step up cooperation with relevant countries to combat terrorist organizations, including the East Turkistan terrorist forces.

The Chinese government's ethnic and religious policy in Xinjiang is consistent with China's national conditions and the actual situation in Xinjiang and has won support from all ethnic groups in Xinjiang. The overall economic and social development in Xinjiang is in good shape. People of all ethnic groups aspire for stability, development and harmony and are working hard for a well-off and happy life. The scheme of a small group of people to split Xinjiang and undermine the stability and development of Xinjiang goes against people's will and is doomed to failure. The Chinese government has the confidence and capability to protect the safety and property of people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang, ensure the durable peace and stability of Xinjiang and continue to create sound environment for the development of Xinjiang.

On your second question, we have seen relevant report. It proves once again that the cyber security issue has become a security concern for countries around the world. The international community should enhance cooperation, work out a code of conduct in the cyber space at an early date and build a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyber space. China calls once again for all countries' active actions within the framework of the UN to draw up relevant international regulations and jointly maintain peace and security of the cyber space.

On your third question, we follow closely the situation in Egypt and support the settlement of differences through political dialogue among all relevant parties, in a bid to avoid casualties and restore stability as soon as possible.

Q: Were external terrorist forces involved in the violent terrorist attack in Xinjiang?

A: The Xinhua News Agency has fully covered the violent terrorist attack in Xinjiang with detailed facts and explicit characterization. I want to stress that represented by the East Turkistan forces, the "three forces" in and outside China have long carried out anti-China separatist activities for the purpose of splitting China and even colluded with international terrorist forces to plot and carry out a lot of violent and terrorist activities in Xinjiang. These activities undermine Xinjiang's development and stability, cause casualties and property losses of innocent civilians and pose a grave threat to China's national security and regional peace and stability. The Chinese government strongly condemns and firmly combats violent terrorist forces and activities, punishes criminals of violence in accordance with law, protects the safety and property of people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang and safeguards national unity, development and stability of Xinjiang.

I also want to emphasize that Xinjiang-related affairs concern China's core interests, as they are about China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. We are firmly opposed to national separatism as well as violent and terrorist actions. We hope that every one could see clearly the separatist and terrorist nature of the East Turkistan forces, understand and support China's position and concerns as well as what China has to do to safeguard national unity and social stability in Xinjiang and to protect people's safety and property.

Q: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly said that meetings and dialogues are the correct diplomatic posture when there are problems between China and Japan. No precondition should be set for leaders' meetings. What is China's comment?

A: Japan's repeated provocative actions on the Diaoyu Islands issue plunged China-Japan relations into grave difficulties. It should the one who makes the trouble to solve it. Japan should put things right and stop all its actions that infringe upon China's territorial sovereignty. China is always committed to the proper management and resolution of the Diaoyu Islands issue through dialogues and consultation. Instead of merely paying lip service to having "dialogues", Japan should be true and honest to history and facts, show sincerity and take concrete actions to meet China halfway.

Q: Bomb attacks hit some places of Pakistan on June 30, killing at least 43 people. What is China's comment?

A: I have noted the report. China is opposed to all forms of terrorism and strongly condemns the attacks in Pakistan. We express deep condolences to the victims and sincere sympathy to the injured and the bereaved. China reaffirms its steadfast support to the unremitting efforts of the Pakistani government and people in safeguarding national stability.

Q: Will Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meet with his DPRK counterpart on the sidelines of ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meetings?

A: Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his DPRK counterpart Pak Ui-chun today on the sidelines of ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meetings. The two sides exchanged views on China-DPRK relations and expressed the hope of jointly maintaining the sound and steady development of bilateral relations.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi fully expounded China's principled position on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. He said that taking note of the positive changes to the situation on the Korean Peninsula, China hopes that all relevant parties, including the DPRK could pull together to bring the Korean nuclear issue back to the track of dialogue and consultation and create favorable environment for the resumption of the Six-Party Talks.

Q: Will Prime Minister Sharif discuss with the Chinese side the recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan during his visit to China?

A: China will continue to firmly support the efforts of the Pakistani government and people in safeguarding national security and stability and combating terrorism.

Q: Croatia becomes the 28th member of the EU today. What is China's comment?

A: Croatia's accession to the EU as its 28th member marks a new step toward European integration under the new circumstances. China always stands for European integration, supports the EU in playing an important role in international affairs and appreciates Croatia's policy of taking part in European integration. We stand ready to work with the EU and Croatia to push ahead with China-EU and China-Croatia relations.

Q: It is reported that China rejected the Philippine Vice President's visit to China to appeal for compassion to a Philippine drug trafficker who is about to be executed. What is your comment?

A: Drug-related crime is an internationally recognized serious crime which poses grave danger to the society. The Chinese judicial authorities extend equal treatment to foreign drug traffickers, handle relevant cases according to law, and strictly fulfill international obligations to ensure the litigation rights and due treatment of the person concerned.

The Philippine citizen involved in the case smuggled a large amount of drugs, which has been proven by clear facts and conclusive evidence. The Chinese judicial authorities have given a fair judgement in accordance with law. Although death penalty is reserved in the Chinese law, it is used with prudence and caution. The application of death penalty should follow strict judicial procedures and regulations. China hopes that foreigners in China could learn about and abide by the Chinese law and do not commit offense and crimes.

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