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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on October 25, 2013

2013/10/25

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on October 25, 2013.

Q: Prime Ministers of Russia, India and Mongolia paid successful visits to China successively. Does this attest to the fruitful results of China's neighbourhood diplomacy?

A: Prime Ministers of Russia, India and Mongolia visited China successively. These successful visits are of great significance to the further growth of China's relations with the three countries. I have taken notice of the remarks by some scholars and media, saying that foreign leaders' concurrent visits to China reflect the high level of good-neighbourly and friendly relations of cooperation between China and its surrounding countries.

A distant relative is not as good as a close neighbour and good neighbours are a blessing. We attach great importance to neighbourhood diplomacy, unswervingly pursue a policy of building good neighborly relationships and partnerships with neighbouring countries and stay committed to fully growing our relations with surrounding countries. We are ready to make joint efforts with our neighbours to continually enhance strategic mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation and work for win-win outcomes and common development.

Q: It is reported that the US spied on the phones of many European leaders. What is China's comment?

A: I have noted relevant reports and the statements by relevant leaders. This again shows that cyber security is the common security concern of all countries and underlines the need for the international community to take active actions within the framework of the UN to develop a code of conduct in the cyberspace at an early date so as to jointly safeguard peace, security, openness and cooperation in the cyberspace.

Q: China is now under the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and has been criticized by some human rights groups. What is China's comment?

A: On October 22, during the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, Special Envoy of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Wu Hailong elaborated, in a down-to-earth manner, China's efforts and progress in protecting and promoting human rights as well as the challenges going forward. During the review, most countries fully acknowledged China's marked progress in human rights. As a matter of fact, anyone who is unbiased and has no political prejudice would recognize China's progress in this area. But if one, blindfolded by prejudice and arrogance, fails to see the ongoing progress in China and the feelings of the vast majority of the Chinese people, he or she will not come to a just and objective conclusion.

How is the human rights condition in China? The 1.3 billion Chinese people are the best qualified to speak on that. The Chinese government takes very seriously the protection and promotion of human rights. The scale of employment, poverty reduction and urbanization in China over the past three decades is unseen in the world before. China's economic and social development not only changed the lives of hundreds of millions of Chinese people but also contributed heavily to the prosperity and progress of the entire mankind and the development of the international human rights cause. We do not want to judge the human rights conditions in other countries and hope all relevant parties could see the development of China's human rights cause in an objective and just light and assess their own countries and other countries in a modest and objective manner. One should see both the progress of other countries' and the problems in his own country and society. We will listen attentively to the constructive recommendations and suggestions from other countries and study carefully those conforming to China's national conditions so as to make improvements. But we are firmly opposed to those unreasonable and even malicious accusations.

Q: The US and NATO have expressed grave concern over the Turkish government's potential purchase of Chinese air defence missiles. What is China's comment?

A: Relevant cooperation between the Chinese company and Turkey is a normal arms trade cooperation. We hope others could see it in an objective light and refrain from politicizing normal business competition.

Q: Has China changed its stance on the Philippines taking its disputes with China in the South China Sea to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea for arbitration?

A: China's position on the South China Sea question is clear. China does not accept the so-called arbitration launched by the Philippines. This position is fully supported by international law and will not change.

We hope the Philippine side could implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea in a full and earnest manner and come back to the right track of resolving disputes through bilateral talks.

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