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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference on November 13, 2013

2013/11/13

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang held a press conference on November 13, 2013.

Qin Gang started the press conference with the following announcements:

At the invitation of US Secretary of State John Kerry and Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Vice Premier Liu Yandong of the State Council will go to the US to chair the 4th round of China-US High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange and visit Ethiopia from November 17 to 27.

Entrusted by US President Barack Obama, US President's Special Representative and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will pay a visit to China from November 15 to 16. China welcomes Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew's visit. Chinese state leaders will meet with him and officials of relevant departments will hold talks with him.

At the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Minister Ricardo Armando Patino Aroca of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Integration of the Republic of Ecuador will pay an official visit to China from November 18 to 20.

Q: The 68th session of the UN General Assembly elected new members to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on November 12. China won a seat by an overwhelming majority. What is China's comment?

A: On November 12, the 68th session of the UN General Assembly elected 14 new members to the UNHRC. China won a seat by an overwhelming majority. This reflects that the international community fully recognizes China's progress in the human rights cause and China's active participation and promotion in international exchanges and cooperation in this respect. We thank all the countries that support China's bid for the UNHRC membership. China will continue to play a constructive role in the work of UN human rights mechanisms including the UNHRC, advocate dialogues and cooperation and encourage the international community to lay equal emphasis on all forms of human rights and handle human rights issues in a just, objective and non-selective manner so as to make greater contributions to the sound development of the international human rights cause.

Q: This year has seen frequent military-to-military interactions between China and the US. The two navies held joint anti-piracy exercises in the Gulf of Aden last August, and China will participate in the RIMPAC 2014 exercises organized by the US. Analysts say that with military-to-military interactions strengthened, mutual trust between the two countries will be enhanced as well. What is China's view on the military mutual trust between China and the US?

A: The strengthened military-to-military interaction between China and the US is a specific reflection of the implementation of the outcomes achieved during the meeting between President Xi Jinping and President Obama at the Annenberg Estate last June. During the presidential meeting, the two sides agreed to further strengthen military-to-military exchanges and cooperation, promote mutual trust and reduce miscalculation to jointly maintain peace and security globally and regionally, the Asia Pacific region in particular. China is happy with the outcomes of the military-to-military interactions after the meeting at the Annenberg Estate and hopes that such a momentum could be maintained.

Q: Yesterday the Third Plenum of the 18th CPC Central Committee decided to establish a National Security Council. Why does China establish such an organ? Some say it is because Japan will establish a "Japanese National Security Council". What is your response?

A: The aim of China's establishment of the National Security Council is to improve its national security system and strategies to ensure national security.

The latter part of your question seems to have set a trap for me. I have just told you the aim of establishing a National Security Council in China. Undoubtedly, with the establishment of the National Security Council in China, terrorists are getting nervous, separatists are getting nervous and extremists are getting nervous. In short, all those forces that attempt to threaten and damage China's security are getting nervous. Do you want to lump Japan in with that too?

Q: The Philippines was badly hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Will China consider providing further assistance?

A: China pays high attention to the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. President Xi Jinping has expressed sympathy with and solicitude to the people in the disaster-stricken areas of the Philippines, wishing them an early recovery from the disaster and the rebuilding of their hometown at an early date.

To help the people in the disaster-stricken areas, the Chinese side will provide humanitarian relief supplies including tents and blankets for the Philippines. We will maintain communication with the Philippine side to ensure that these relief supplies can reach the disaster-hit areas as soon as possible.

Q: Can you give us a general picture of China's assistance to the Philippines?

A: The Chinese government and people have expressed sympathy with and solicitude to the Philippine people. We have provided the Philippines with assistance in cash and in kind. China was hit by Typhoon Haiyan as well, suffering from casualties and property losses. The Chinese government is mobilizing strengths and resources from all sides. We are fulfilling our international humanitarian obligations while conducting emergency rescue and disaster relief and resettling people affected by the disaster. We will work with relevant parties to follow closely the development of the disaster in the Philippines and provide humanitarian assistance for the Philippine people within our capacity.

Q: Will the relief supplies be transported from China to the Philippines or be purchased in the Philippines and then delivered to the disaster-hit areas?

A: To my knowledge, these humanitarian assistance supplies such as tents and blankets will be transported to the Philippines from China to help thousands of people affected by the disaster.

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