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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Remarks on the Japanese Foreign Minister's Reference to Maritime Security at the APEC Foreign Ministers' Breakfast Meeting

2013/10/06

Q: Media reports say that Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida talked about maritime security on October 5 at an informal breakfast meeting of foreign ministers of APEC sovereign states, expressing concern about China's maritime activities. What is China's comment?

A: Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong gave his response to Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida's remarks right on the spot. He said that APEC is an economic cooperation forum which has upheld for years the tradition of not introducing political security, sensitive and controversial issues. Some country is playing up this issue for its own political end, which is unpopular and doomed to failure.

The freedom and security of navigation in this region is out of question. The Chinese government always maintains that  maritime security of all countries around the world should be guaranteed, and thus has taken an active part in regional cooperation on maritime security, which is universally recognized. Playing up the so-called maritime security issue goes against the real efforts for the freedom and security of navigation.

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