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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 19, 2013

2013/11/19

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on November 19, 2013.

Q: The Philippine Presidential Spokesperson expressed gratitude to the Chinese side on November 17 for China's provision of disaster relief assistance and said that the Philippines was assessing whether the Chinese medical team was needed in the disaster-hit areas. Has the Philippines given any response yet? Please update us on the delivery of China's relief supplies to the Philippines.

A: The emergency medical assistance team that the Chinese government is going to send to the Typhoon-hit areas of the Philippines is ready to leave. Once the Philippines gives the permission, the medical team will immediately set off. The Philippines is yet to affirm that the Chinese medical team is needed there. We would like to stay in communication with the Philippines on that. Emergency humanitarian relief such as tents and blankets provided by China have arrived in and been handed over to the Philippines yesterday and today.

Q: ROK President Park Geun Hye yesterday expressed gratitude to the visiting State Councilor Yang Jiechi for the progress of erecting a monument for Ahn Jung Geun in China. What is China's comment?

A: Ahn Jung Geun is a famous man who fought against Japan's aggression in the history. He is also respected by the Chinese. China will press ahead with relevant work in accordance with regulations on building foreign-related memorial facilities.

Q: A draft resolution put before the UN Security Council by African countries on the deferral of the International Criminal Court (ICC) trials of Kenyan leaders failed to pass the other day due to insufficient support. What is China's comment?

A: China deeply regrets that the UN Security Council did not adopt the draft resolution on the postponement of the ICC trials of Kenyan leaders. We deem the requirement of the African Union (AU) and Kenya as consistent with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and conducive to regional peace, security and stability. It also represents the basic respect for the state leaders chosen by the Kenyan people. China is of the view that on issues concerning Africa's peace and security, the UN Security Council should pay heed and give positive response to the common appeal of the AU and African countries. China stands firmly for Africa's position and has voted for the draft resolution. China will continue to support the efforts of Kenya, the AU and other African countries for the proper settlement of the relevant issue.

Q: ROK President Park Geun Hye last week offered to jointly compile history textbooks with other Northeast Asian countries in order to resolve history problems in the region. Will China support this proposal?

A: Both China and the ROK are victims to the aggression and colonial rule of the Japanese militarism. Only by facing up to the history can Japan open up the future. On the issue of the history textbook, the Japanese side should face squarely the appeal of its Asian neighbors, reflect on the crimes committed by the Japanese militarism in the history and correct its attitude so as to win the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community.

Q: New evidence shows that some of the US-targeted cyber attacks from China are state-sponsored. What is China's comment? Has there been any discussion between the Chinese and the US sides on that?

A: I don't know what you are referring to. China has stressed many times that China is a victim to hacker attacks. We are opposed to cyber hacker attacks in all forms and have made relevant laws and regulations on that. We have also called on the international community to lay down rules and make joint efforts to build a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyber space. A cooperative attitude rather than groundless accusation should be adopted on the relevant issue.

Q: The P5+1 and Iran have decided to hold a new round of dialogue in Geneva on November 20 and 21. Which official will lead the Chinese delegation? Will China push for an agreement between the P5+1 and Iran? What is China's expectation for the dialogue?

A: Vice Chinese Foreign Minister Li Baodong will lead the Chinese delegation there. Dialogues on the Iranian nuclear issue have taken on a positive momentum, with all major parties showing the political readiness to solve the problem. China hopes that the parties could accommodate each other's concerns, seek common ground and resolve differences, work for progress, stabilize the situation surrounding the Iranian nuclear issue and create conditions for the comprehensive, long-term and proper settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue. We will continue to promote peace talks and work constructively for an ideal outcome of the dialogue.

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