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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on July 3, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on July 3, 2013.

Q: Japan said that it had lodged a protest with China for building new oil and gas development facilities in the vicinity of the "medium line" in the East China Sea. What is China's purpose of taking such an action?

A: Japan's so-called protest is unacceptable to China. China is justified in carrying out development activities in waters under its jurisdiction. China has never accepted the so-called "medium line" unilaterally claimed by Japan.

Q: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is about to start his visit to China, seeking more Chinese investment in energy and other fields. How does China view the security situation in Pakistan? Will it affect China's investment there?

A: Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif is going to launch his official visit to China today. China pays high attention to the visit. Leaders of the two countries will have an in-depth exchange of views on deepening bilateral relations, promoting practical cooperation in all fields and other issues of common interest. We hope that the two countries could further enhance strategic mutual trust and promote practical cooperation through the visit. It is in the interests of the two peoples as well as regional peace and stability.

China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners who enjoy sound cooperation across the board. Both sides attach great importance to the security environment of investment. China hopes that the Pakistani side could take effective measures to create a safe and reliable environment for bilateral cooperation in trade and investment.

Q: Will the two countries reach new agreement on nuclear energy cooperation during Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif's visit to China? What is China's expectation for the outcomes of the visit?

A: China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners who enjoy sound cooperation in various fields, including energy. During Prime Minister Sharif's visit, leaders of the two countries will explore ways to deepen practical cooperation across the board. We hope that his visit will be fruitful and instill new energy into our strategic cooperative partnership. The visit is just beginning and information about the outcomes and specific cooperation agreement will be released when the talks and meetings between leaders of the two countries finish.

Q: Is China concerned that the insecurity factors in Pakistan will spill over to Xinjiang? What measures will China take in response?

A: Pakistan has made tremendous efforts and great sacrifice to combat terrorism. China supports Pakistan in making anti-terrorism strategy based on its national conditions. The international community should help Pakistan overcome difficulties and challenges on the premise of respecting Pakistan's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. China will continue to firmly support the efforts of the Pakistani government and people to maintain national security and stability and combat terrorism. China is willing to deepen anti-terrorism cooperation with Pakistan.

The recent violent terrorist attack in Xinjiang is maliciously launched by terrorist forces in and outside China. The "Three Forces" in and outside China has plotted and carried out a large number of violent terrorist activities in Xinjiang in collusion with international terrorist forces for a long time, undermining Xinjiang's stability and development. China will step up cooperation with relevant countries to jointly combat terrorist organizations, including the East Turkistan terrorist forces.

Q:  Nicaragua gave a Chinese-funded company concession to build and operate the transoceanic canal project. What is China's position on that?

A: China and Nicaragua have not established diplomatic relations. Relevant Chinese company made its own decision on taking part in the canal project in Nicaragua. Please consult relevant company for the specifics.

Q: During the debate among heads of Japan's ruling and opposition parties on July 3, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refused to make a clear statement on whether Japan had invaded its neighbors during the Second World War. What is China's comment?

A: Ironclad evidence has shown that the aggression war waged by Japanese militarism brought untold sufferings to China, the ROK and other Asian countries. History brooks no denial. Whether Japan can be true to history or not is an important political basis for Japan to develop relations with its Asian neighbors. Honesty and credibility is the founding principles of a nation. Only when a country, especially its political leaders, remain true and honest to themselves, history and facts can they bring future and hope to the country. We hope that Japan could heed the just call of the international community, be responsible to history, the country and the people, respect, recognize and seriously reflect upon history and deal with historical issues prudently and properly. Otherwise, there will be no bright future for relations between Japan and its Asian neighbors.

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