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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference on November 14, 2013


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang held a press conference on November 14, 2013.

Qin Gang started the press conference with the following announcements:

Minister Li Liguo of Civil Affairs of China will attend upon invitation the Third Arab-Africa Summit as Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping from November 18 to 20 in Kuwait.

China enjoys friendly interactions with the Arab world and African countries. China extends warm congratulations on the convening of the Third Arab-Africa Summit. We are ready to make joint efforts with the Arab and African sides to advance the China-Arab strategic cooperative relationship and the new type of China-Africa strategic partnership.

At the invitation of the government of the Republic of Korea, State Councilor Yang Jiechi will pay a visit to the Republic of Korea from November 17 to 19.

Q: Please brief us on the background, agenda and China's expectations for State Councilor Yang Jiechi's visit to the ROK.

A: During his visit to the ROK, State Councilor Yang Jiechi will meet with leaders of the ROK and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the ROK, hold talks with the Chief of the National Security Office of Chong Wa Dae and launch with the ROK a joint committee for people-to-people and cultural exchanges at the vice foreign ministerial level. Besides, State Councilor Yang Jiechi will visit some economic projects there.

As each others' important neighbors, China and the ROK maintain close high-level interactions, strategic communications and mutually beneficial cooperation. Last June, President Park Geun Hye paid a successful state visit to China, during which she reached broad and important agreement with President Xi Jinping on enriching and deepening China-ROK strategic cooperative partnership, charting the course for the future development of bilateral relations. State Councilor Yang Jiechi's upcoming visit is an important part of the efforts to implement the consensus of the two Heads of State. The visit is to promote bilateral cooperation across the board and exchange views on China-ROK relations as well as major international and regional issues. We believe this visit will definitely play a positive role in advancing China-ROK relations, enhancing mutual trust and promoting peace and stability in the region.

I want to highlight two points. During President Park Geun Hye's visit to China, the two Heads of State decided to establish a joint committee for people-to-people and cultural exchanges. We believe that as close neighbors, we should not only boost mutual trust and step up communications politically, advance cooperation economically, but also nourish the friendship between the two peoples persistently. We believe that this committee will inject new vigor into the cultural and people-to-people exchanges and non-governmental interactions between the two countries.

The two Heads of State also decided to establish a mechanism for dialogues between the Chinese official in charge of diplomatic affairs in the State Council and the Chief of the National Security Office of Chong Wa Dae of the ROK. It will facilitate the strategic communication between the two countries on major issues. During this visit, State Councilor Yang Jiechi will hold the first dialogue with the ROK side.

Q: The US company Cisco Systems says that its sales in China have been sliding recently. In light of the constant revelation of the intelligence gathering of the US government, has the Chinese government considered asking state-owned enterprises and central or local government agencies to reduce the purchase of network equipments made by US companies such as Cisco?

A: I am not aware of the specifics you have mentioned. But our general principle is that China always conducts business interactions with other countries based on mutual respect and mutual benefit. Meanwhile, we hope and require that relevant foreign companies could observe Chinese laws. The Chinese government of course has the obligation and responsibility to maintain national security. There have been many reports in this respect recently. We hope that the US side could pay attention to other countries' concerns, including those of China's. With regard to the operation and sales in China of some companies you have mentioned, you can verify with them.

Q: US Ambassador to China Gary Locke reportedly said today that China still has a long way to go in protecting intellectual property rights (IPR). What is China's response?

A: The Chinese government attaches unquestionably great importance to IPR protection, not only for protecting the interests of foreign businesses but also for advancing the innovation-driven development in China. In recent years, to promote IPR protection, China has made great efforts in various areas such as legislation, judiciary, law enforcement, administration and publicity, and scored tremendous achievements. We hope the US side could recognize this in an objective and just manner. No country is perfect in IPR protection. China is ready to strengthen cooperation with other countries including the US to jointly advance IPR protection. The Chinese government will continue to take IPR protection as an important part of creating a sound environment for foreign-invested businesses and make more efforts in this respect. It also coincides with China's need to carry out reform and opening up and build an innovation-driven country. On the issue of IPR protection, we hope relevant countries could strengthen dialogues and exchanges and deepen mutual understanding rather than always resorting to pressures and accusations.

Q: Japan is going to pass the amendment to the Self-Defense Forces Law in the coming days to allow Self-Defense Forces to transport abroad the Japanese by land in emergencies. What is China's comment?

A: Out of various reasons, the international community pays close and high attention to Japan's move in military and security sectors. We hope that Japan could follow a path of peaceful development and do things that are conducive to global and regional security and stability.

Q: It is reported that China will provide further assistance for people from the disaster-stricken areas in the Philippines. What is the reason for the increase of assistance?

A: I have said on this podium many times that the Philippines suffers huge casualties and grave property losses due to the typhoon. The Chinese people have expressed sympathy and solicitude. We stand ready to provide humanitarian assistance to the Philippine people within our capacity. With respect to the amount of the assistance, it is constantly updated with the development of the situation. You must remember that I have never said on this occasion that a certain kind of assistance or some supplies to the Philippines is a one-time deal. I have maintained from the very beginning that we will consider providing humanitarian assistance to people in the disaster-stricken areas in accordance with the situation there and the needs of the disaster-hit country.

Q: Are you giving additional relief supplies worth 10 million Yuan or this amount of money in cash to the Philippines? Please give us more details of China's assistance to the Philippines.

A: I am going to repeat it once again. We announced at the beginning that the Chinese government would provide the Philippine people with the humanitarian emergency disaster relief of 100,000 US$ in cash and that the Red Cross Society of China would provide the Philippine people with the humanitarian emergency disaster relief of 100,000 US$ in cash as well. We decided the other day to provide people in disaster-hit areas of the Philippines with humanitarian relief supplies including tents and blankets that are worth 10 million Yuan. There would be thousands of tents and tens of thousands of blankets. We believe that the relief could arrive at the disaster-hit areas as soon as possible to convey the goodwill of the Chinese people to the Philippine people.

Q: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe handed yesterday a letter of commendation to Chinese overseas student Yan Jun who rescued a drowning Japanese child. A Japanese official told the press that Japan and China have the responsibility to contribute to global peace and stability and that the Japanese people know the importance of friendly China-Japan relations. What is China's comment?

A: Chinese overseas student Yan Jun's courageous act of saving a drowning Japanese child demonstrates a traditional virtue of the Chinese nation, that is, to help others in time of need. The Chinese Embassy in Japan held an award ceremony for Yan Jun days ago and Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua awarded a certificate of merit to him. We also hope that the rescued Japanese child will grow healthily and make contribution to China-Japan friendship when he grows up.

Q: Sources say that next week a delegation of Japanese business leaders will visit China. Does relevant visit indicate any warming relations between Beijing and Tokyo?

A: Indeed, a delegation of the Japan-China Economic Association will visit China in a couple of days. The Chinese side is making active preparations and arrangements for this visit. To my knowledge, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade will play host to them. I would refer you to relevant parties for specifics. We are ready to strengthen interactions with people from all walks of life in Japan, the economic sector included, who advocate friendly cooperation to jointly improve and develop China-Japan relations.

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