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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on October 24, 2013

2013/10/24

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on October 24, 2013.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino and Foreign Minister Pasquale Valentini of San Marino, Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit France, Italy and San Marino from October 27 to 31.

Q: The border defence cooperation agreement signed by China and India during Prime Minister Singh's visit outlined a number of confidence-building measures. Please give us more details about this agreement. How does China view the role of this agreement going forward?

A: The border defence cooperation agreement between the two governments is one of the outcomes of Prime Minister Singh's visit. Over the past decades, with the concerted efforts of the two countries, negotiations on the boundary question have sustained a sound momentum and the border areas are basically peaceful and tranquil. The two sides have effectively managed border-related differences and safeguarded the overall interests of common development. The border defence cooperation agreement, which codifies some of good practices and experience, has set parameters and guidelines for future handling of similar issues. The agreement reiterates that the two sides shall not target their own military capability at each other, pledges to maintain peace and tranquility of the areas around the Line of Actual Control, further identifies the scope and mechanism for the two countries to carry out cooperation and ways to strengthen exchanges between border troops and militaries of the two countries. This will greatly boost friendship and mutual trust between the two sides and better safeguard peace and stability of the border areas. It also demonstrates the two countries' resolve and commitment to safeguarding and consolidating the friendly and cooperative relationship with each other.

China has the resolve and capacity to work with the Indian side to sustain lasting peace and tranquility of the border areas and create favorable conditions and provide safeguard for the long-term, sound and steady development of China-India relations.

Q: China and India signed a MoU on strengthening cooperation on trans-border rivers during Prime Minister Singh's visit to China. The two sides agreed to exchange views on the mutually interested issue of river development. Does this mean China is open to discussing specific issues such as the ongoing projects along the Yarlung Zangbo River?

A: China has been taking seriously India's concern. With the joint efforts of the two sides, a MoU on strengthening cooperation on trans-border rivers was signed during Prime Minister Singh's visit. The two sides agreed to further strengthen cooperation, work together within the Expert Level Mechanism on the provision of flood-season hydrological data and emergency management, and exchange views on other issues of mutual interest. India thanked China for its efforts in providing flood-season hydrological data and managing emergencies.

I want to stress that China and India enjoy sound cooperation on trans-border rivers. China has been providing hydrological data to India and properly managed such emergencies as barrier lakes. China stands ready to follow through on the consensus of leaders of the two countries and further enhance communication and cooperation with India on trans-border rivers.

Q: The Japanese Defence Ministry reportedly announced that its maritime, ground and air Self-Defence Forces will conduct joint island-seizing drills around Kyushu and Okinawa from November 1 to 18. What is China's comment?

A: We have taken notice of relevant reports. We hope relevant parties could do more to build up political and security mutual trust among regional countries and safeguard regional peace and stability.

Q: The spokesperson of the DPRK Foreign Ministry reportedly said on October 23 that denuclearization is the consistent policy goal of the DPRK government but it cannot be achieved by DPRK's unilateral nuclear disarmament. He also said that as "action for action" remains a basic principle for finding a solution to the Korean nuclear issue, the DPRK will not unilaterally move first. What is China's comment?

A: Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and safeguarding peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula serve the common interests of all relevant parties. China always believes that to properly settle the Korean nuclear issue, we must address both the symptoms and the root causes and address the concerns of all parties, including the reasonable concerns of the DPRK, in a balanced manner. Dialogue and consultation is the only right way to resolving the Korean nuclear issue. China has made enormous efforts for the early resumption of the Six-Party Talks. China is ready to make joint efforts with all relevant parties for the early resumption of the Six-Party Talks and the implementation of the goals of the September 19 Joint Statement in a full and balanced manner.

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