|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on October 22, 2013|
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on October 22, 2013.
Q: It is reported that the British government signed a deal with France's EDF and two Chinese nuclear companies for the construction of two nuclear reactors in the UK. What is China's comment?
A: You can refer to relevant companies for further information. The cooperation between China and relevant countries in the field of civil nuclear energy based on rules of the market economy is mutually beneficial.
Q: It is reported that China and India are looking to sign a border defence agreement during Indian Prime Minister Singh's visit to China. Please confirm.
A: Prime Minister Singh will start his visit when he arrives in Beijing this evening. It marks another important high-level visit between China and India following Premier Li Keqiang's visit to India last May, and will be the first time for the two Prime Ministers to exchange visits within a year since 1954. China places great importance on Prime Minister Singh's visit. We hope, through this visit, to further enhance strategic mutual trust with India, promote practical cooperation and people-to-people and cultural exchanges, step up communication and coordination on major international and regional issues and advance China-India strategic cooperative partnership.
In a recent interview with the media, Prime Minister Singh spoke positively of China-India relations and stated that there are growing consensus and common interests between our two countries. Indeed, consensus and common interests between China and India far outweigh differences and problems. China is ready to work with the Indian side to properly resolve the outstanding problems and ensure the sound and steady growth of China-India relations. During Prime Minister Singh's visit, the two sides will sign a number of bilateral cooperation deals covering a wide range of areas. As to whether a border defence cooperation agreement will be signed, you can wait for the news release after the two Prime Ministers' talks tomorrow. I would like to stress that thanks to the joint efforts, the two sides have signed the agreement on the political parameters and guiding principles for the resolution of the boundary question. The two sides also reached initial consensus to peacefully resolve the boundary question through friendly consultation and jointly safeguard peace and stability of the border areas. The two sides agreed to jointly maintain peace and tranquility of the border areas pending an overall settlement of the boundary question. There are also effective border-related consultation and coordination mechanisms between the two sides. We are ready to further strengthen communication and coordination with the Indian side, continue leveraging the existing mechanisms and better safeguard peace and tranquility of the border areas.
Q: It is reported that the Japanese government has drawn up a plan to cope with drones that violate its airspace, including shooting them down and taking other coercive measures. Prime Minister Abe was briefed on the plan and issued his approval days ago. What is China's comment?
A: Due to historical reasons, Japan's political moves in the military and security fields always receive high attention from its Asian neighbours and the international community. For some time, Japan has been deliberately playing up the so-called external threat, ratcheting up tension and confrontation and using that as an excuse for constant military build-up. What on earth is Japan's real intent? This cannot but generate concerns and vigilance from the international community.
I want to reiterate that the Diaoyu Islands are integral parts of China's territory. China has the resolve and ability to defend its territorial sovereignty and will resolutely respond to any external provocation.
Q: There was a bomb attack on a bus in the Russian city Volgograd on October 21, resulting in many casualties. What is China's comment? Has the Chinese government conveyed condolences to the Russian side?
A: China resolutely opposes terrorism in all manifestations and strongly condemns all terrorist activities that are targeted at innocent civilians. During the just concluded 18th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian Prime Ministers, Premier Li Keqiang conveyed to Prime Minister Medvedev China's condolences to the victims and strong condemnation of the terrorists. The two sides agreed to further step up anti-terrorism cooperation.
Q: There are reports saying that during Prime Minister Singh's visit, China and India will have consultation on setting up Chinese industrial parks in India. What is China's comment?
A: China and India are the two largest developing countries and important emerging markets in the world. There are great potential and broad prospects for our two countries to further enhance business cooperation. During Premier Li Keqiang's visit to India last May, the two sides agreed to carry out cooperation in building industrial parks so as to provide a platform for the cluster development of companies of the two countries. China stands ready to further cooperate with India in this area to help companies of the two sides expand market and increase mutual investment.
Q: During Prime Minister Singh's visit to China, will leaders of the two countries discuss cooperation in trans-border water resources?
A: China values cooperation with India in trans-border water resources. Since 2007, there have been six rounds of meetings under the Joint Expert Level Mechanism on trans-Border Rivers. Bearing in mind the overall interests of China-India relations and the humanitarian spirit, China has done much work in providing to India flood-season hydrological data of trans-border rivers and assistance in managing such emergencies as barrier lakes in trans-border rivers, thus playing an important role in flood prevention and disaster alleviation in downstream areas.
Thanks to our concerted efforts, the two sides issued a joint statement during Premier Li Keqiang's visit to India last May, which stated that the two sides will further strengthen cooperation on trans-border rivers, cooperate through the Expert Level Mechanism on provision of flood-season hydrological data and emergency management, and exchange views on other mutually interested issues. China is ready to stay in close touch with the Indian side on this matter.
Q: Will Chinese and Indian leaders discuss the Kashmir issue during Prime Minister Singh's visit to China? What is China's position on the Kashmir issue?
A: China's position on the Kashmir issue is clear and consistent. The Kashmir issue is an issue left over by history between India and Pakistan. We hope India and Pakistan could properly settle the issue through friendly consultation.