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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on July 5, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on July 5, 2013.

Q: Please give us some details on Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to China and their business and investment cooperation.

A: You may refer to the press release of the meeting between President Xi Jinping and Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif yesterday afternoon.

Premier Li Keqiang held talks with Prime Minister Sharif this morning. The two sides agreed to further deepen China-Pakistan strategic cooperative partnership in the new era and decided to enhance high-level interactions and strategic cooperation, scale up economic cooperation and trade, promote cooperation in connectivity, expand cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and deepen cooperation in defence, security and anti-terrorism as well as in multilateral settings. The two sides issued the Shared Vision on Deepening China-Pakistan Strategic Cooperative Partnership in the New Era after their talks.

On economic cooperation and trade, the two sides are determined to have closer practical cooperation and translate the advantages of high-level political relations to broader and fruitful economic cooperation. The two sides agreed to establish a joint cooperation council to develop a long-term plan for the China-Pakistan economic corridor and get it up and running as soon as possible. Connectivity, economic and technical cooperation, cultural and people-to-people exchanges and local collaboration will be included in the plan. It is also agreed that the third meeting of the China-Pakistan working group on energy will be held soon to deepen bilateral cooperation in conventional, renewable and other types of energy. China reaffirmed its commitment to encourage and support Chinese companies' investment in Pakistan, and Pakistan in turn pledged to create a safe and favorable environment for that.

Q: Indian Defence Secretary A.K. Antony is visiting China. Please brief us on his visit as well as the military-to-military relations between China and India.

A: Pleas consult the Ministry of National Defence for the specifics of Indian Defence Secretary Antony's visit.

Bearing in mind the overall interests of China-India relations, the two countries are earnestly implementing the important consensus reached by their leaders, enhancing mutual trust, stepping up practical cooperation and jointly maintaining peace and stability of the China-India border areas and South Asia. As agreed by the two sides, Chinese and Indian army will hold the third anti-terrorism joint training in China late this year. There will also be exchanges between navies, air forces, military academies and young officers. China is ready to make energetic efforts to safeguard peace and tranquility of the border areas together with the Indian side.

Q: Four years has past since the July 5 incident in Xinjing. Some groups like the Reporters without Borders criticized China's strict control of information in Xinjiang. How does China respond?

A: We have a clear definition of the July 5 incident in 2009. It is an organized, serious and violent crime involving beating, vandalism, looting and arson, which was plotted and incited by separatist forces in and outside China and carried out by separatists inside China. It incurred heavy losses to people's safety and property. The Chinese government handled relevant criminals seriously in accordance with law to safeguard the sanctity of legal system, maintain social stability and protect people's safety and property.

In response to someone's questioning about the measures taken by the Chinese government in Xinjiang, I wan to point out that the July 5 incident and the recent violent terrorist attack in Xinjiang inflicted heavy casualties and property losses as well as severe damage to social stability. Instead of renouncing and fighting the outrageous and violent terrorist attack, some people questioned the Chinese government's handling of the incident in accordance with law and even made irresponsible remarks on China's ethnic and religious policy. It only shows that these people are severely biased against China and pursue double standards on the issue of anti-terrorism.

Facts have proven that the Chinese government's ethnic and religious policy in Xinjiang is consistent with China's national conditions and the actual situation in Xinjiang. The necessary measures taken by the Chinese government according to law 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. 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. 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 all forms of violent and terrorist actions. We hope that relevant parties and media could be free of political prejudice, put China's ethnic and religious policy in a comprehensive, objective and correct perspective, see clearly the nature and danger of terrorism, understand and support China's position and concerns as well as the necessary measures it has taken to protect people's safety and property and safeguard national unity and social stability.

After the press conference, a journalist asked: The Union of South American Nations held an emergency summit on July 4 to discuss how to deal with the denial of permission for Bolivian president's plane to fly over relevant European countries. Many Latin American Leaders expressed their strong dissatisfaction with the incident which they regarded as a gross violation of Bolivia's diplomacy and sovereignty. What's China's comment?

Hua Chunying said that China has noted relevant reports. China believes that the principle of equality and mutual respect among states in international relations enshrined in the UN Charter should be upheld.

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