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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on July 9, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on July 9, 2013.

Q: Japan released its Defence White Paper 2013 on July 9, saying that China is coercive to its neighbors on issues of conflicting interests and even takes dangerous actions which could lead to a contingency situation. Japan is "extremely regrettable" about that and requires China to abide by international norms. What is China's comment?

A: China is justified in carrying out legitimate marine activities in accordance with international law and relevant domestic laws. China takes the path of peaceful development and pursues a defense policy that is defensive in nature. China stands for and stays committed to a dialogue-based settlement of territorial and maritime disputes. China never allows for infringement upon its territorial sovereignty.

Japan has been hyping the so-called "China threat" and creating tensions and confrontations. Given that some Japanese political forces and politicians oftentimes clamor for military buildup, war preparations and frequent military drills, the international community cannot but feel worried about where Japan is heading for.

We hope that Japan could correct its attitude and make more efforts to build up political and security mutual trust among countries and promote regional peace and stability.

Q: The first cyber working group meeting under the framework of the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogues was held on July 8, in Washington, DC. Which Chinese departments and officials attended the meeting?

A: Relevant information has been given at the Foreign Ministry's press briefing the other day about the fifth round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogues. The Foreign Ministry and relevant departments attended the meeting. Information about the first meeting will soon be released.

Q: Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour on July 8 decreed that parliamentary and presidential elections would be called after the referendum on constitutional amendments. The military and police clashed with Mohamed Mursi's supporters in Cairo on the same day, leaving hundreds dead and injured. What is China's comment on the current situation in Egypt?

A: China has noted relevant reports. We follow closely the developments in Egypt and hope that all relevant parties in Egypt could dissolve differences, restore the rule of law and order and realize social stability through dialogue and consultation without recourse to violence and casualties.

Q: Japan's Defence White Paper 2013 claimed that China's denial of having locked Japanese ships with fire control radar was inconsistent with the fact. What is China's comment?

A: The Chinese Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry have already refuted Japan's groundless accusation in solemn statements. The facts are clear. We hope that Japan could stop such false accusation and irresponsible and malicious hype.

Q: Please give us the latest figure of Chinese casualties in the Asiana Airlines plane crash and update us on the follow-up work.

A: Up till 2 pm Beijing time, two Chinese citizens have been confirmed dead and 135 safe, including 13 injured. We are still trying to reach other four Chinese citizens.

A group of 18 including families of the students killed or injured in the accident, government and school staff arrived in San Francisco at 2:15 pm on July 9, Beijing time. The Chinese Consulate-General in San Francisco is assisting them in dealing with the aftermath.

The Foreign Ministry, the Chinese Embassy in the US and Consulate-General in San Francisco are in close contact with relevant US departments and the Asiana Airlines and spare no efforts in treating and curing the injured, arranging accommodation for the survivors and handling the aftermath. We will continue to update the latest developments.

Q: How do you assess the recent China-Russia joint military drill?

A: The Chinese media have fully covered the China-Russia joint military drill which underscores the high level China-Russia strategic partnership of coordination. It is of great strategic significance to strengthen strategic mutual trust and traditional friendship between the two countries and two militaries, build up the capability of jointly responding to maritime security threat and demonstrate our determination to safeguard world peace and regional stability. I also want to point out that the joint military drill is not targeted at any other country.

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