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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on July 10, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on July 10, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement.

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko will pay a state visit to China from July 15 to 17.

Q: Japan issued its new Defense White Paper on July 9, saying that Japan's security environment is becoming increasingly grim and criticizing the lack of transparency in China's defense policy and military development. The paper also said that China's potentially dangerous maritime activities have raised international concern. What is China's comment?

A: China expresses serious concern about and strong dissatisfaction with the new Japanese Defense White Paper's malicious hype about the so-called "China threat" in disregard of the basic facts. I would like to drive home several points.

First, China takes the path of peaceful development, pursues a defense policy which is defensive in nature and has a transparent strategic intention. China's development of normal and legitimate defense capabilities poses no threat to any country. Japan has no right to point fingers at China's internal affairs.

Second, China is justified in carrying out legitimate maritime activities according to international law and relevant domestic laws. We are always committed to solving territorial and maritime disputes through dialogue and consultation and we never allow any country to violate China's territorial sovereignty. By stirring up troubles on the Diaoyu Islands issue, Japan has grossly violated China's territorial sovereignty and undermined regional peace and stability. Japan should seriously reflect on what it has done rather than make excuses for its wrong actions.

Third, peace and development is the mainstream of today's world. To uphold regional peace and stability accords with the general trend and the popular aspiration. However, Japan goes against the trend to create tensions and provoke conflict and confrontation. By playing up external threat, Japan is trying to justify its own military buildup and its attempt to get out of the bounds of the post-war international order. This is what should put the international community on high alert. We urge Japan to seriously reflect on its history of aggression and colonial rule against Asian countries, draw a lesson from history, take the path of peaceful development and make more efforts to build up political and security mutual trust among countries and promote regional peace and stability.

Fourth, China values its relations with Japan and stands ready to grow bilateral ties based on the four political documents in the spirit of taking history as a mirror. But Japan must correct its attitude, meet China half-way and make concrete efforts to remove barriers to the healthy development of bilateral relations, enhance their political and security mutual trust, and improve the mutual sentiments of their peoples.

Q: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on July 9 that China mixed up historical and diplomatic issues to gain more maritime rights and interests over the Diaoyu Islands. What's China's comment?

A: China's position on historical issues is crystal clear. Iron-clad evidence shows that Japanese militarism's aggression inflicted untold sufferings on people of the victimized Asian countries. What Japan should do is to set right its understanding, seriously reflect on history and draw a lesson from it. Only by doing so can Japan get along with its Asian neighbours.

China's position on the Diaoyu Islands issue is clear and consistent. The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands belong to China. China is resolute and firm in safeguarding its territorial sovereignty. Meanwhile, we always stand for proper management and resolution of relevant issue through dialogue and consultation. We urge Japan to stay true to history and facts, show sincerity and take real actions to properly manage and solve the Diaoyu Islands issue.

Q: Taiwan and New Zealand signed an economic cooperation agreement today. What is China's position?

A: We have noted that New Zealand's Commerce and Industry Office and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New Zealand signed the economic cooperation agreement. China-New Zealand relations are now in good shape. Committed to the "One China" policy, New Zealand handles relevant issue properly, which is conducive to a healthy China-New Zealand relationship.

Our position on the issue of Taiwan's foreign exchanges is consistent and clear. We have no objection to non-governmental business and cultural exchanges between foreign countries and the region of Taiwan but oppose the development of any official ties between them. Fair and reasonable arrangement could be made for Taiwan's participation in international activities through practical consultation across the Straits on the premise of not creating "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan".

Q: It is reported that ahead of Indian Defense Secretary A.K. Antony's visit to China last week, Chinese troops once again "crossed the line" into the same area it entered last April in the China-India border areas. It seemed that the two sides had already amicably solved the issue. What is China's comment?

A: I am not aware of the situation. Chinese border defense troops have been patrolling on the Chinese side of the line of actual control (LAC) in the China-India border areas. The situation there is stable on the whole. The two sides have the common understanding that no change should be made unilaterally to the status quo in the LAC area pending the final settlement of the boundary question. China will continue to make joint efforts with India to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas.

Q: Please give us the latest figure of Chinese casualties in the Asiana Airlines plane crash. Is there any information about the four Chinese who are yet to be reached?

A: Up till 12:00 on July 10 Beijing time, of the 141 Chinese passengers on board, two were confirmed dead and 138 safe, including 12 injured. We are making every effort to reach the last one Chinese citizen.

Eighty Chinese passengers have settled down in a hotel near the San Francisco international airport. The Chinese Consulate-General in San Francisco has set up a liaison office in the hotel which is working around-the-clock. Experienced consular officials of the consulate would provide one-on-one service to the families of the two victims and two seriously injured students.

Chinese students have begun to receive professional psychological counseling one by one since July 9 local time, under the arrangement by the Chinese Consulate-General in San Francisco.

Q: Please brief us on the first cyber working group meeting under the framework of the China-US strategic security dialogue and the outcomes of the meeting.

A: China and the US held the first cyber working group meeting under the framework of strategic security dialogue in Washington D.C. on July 8. Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Commerce and Information Office of the State Council on the Chinese side and officials from the Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Treasury, Department of Commerce, FBI and National Security Council on the US side attended the meeting. The two sides had candid and in-depth discussions on the institutional building of the cyber working group, bilateral cyber relations, international rules in the cyber space, bilateral dialogue and cooperation and other issues of common interest. The two sides expressed the will to make the mechanism a good one based on mutual respect and equal dialogue so that it could play a positive role for the two sides to enhance mutual trust and remove misgivings, manage differences and expand cooperation. The two sides also agreed to hold another meeting in the year.

Q: Japanese leaders repeatedly said that Japan was always open to dialogue, but could not accept China's insistence on setting preconditions for dialogue. What's China's comment?

A: China always stands for and stays committed to solving the issue through dialogue. Our door for dialogue is always open. But the thing is that Japan refuses to face up to the grave problem in China-Japan relations, and avoids serious negotiation and consultation with China. What Japan should do is to correct its attitude, face squarely the problem and make concrete efforts to remove the obstacles to the healthy development of bilateral relations rather than cover up differences by chanting empty slogans for so-called dialogue.

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