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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference on November 27, 2013

2013/11/27

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang held a press conference on November 27, 2013.

Q: Is China going to establish another air defense identification zone in the South China Sea?

A: China will establish other Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ) in due course after completing relevant preparations.

Q: First, what is China's formal response to the two US B-52 bombers' flight over the East China Sea ADIZ? Second, what is China's comment on Japan's refusal to observe the rules of filing flight plans to China?

A: On your first question, the Spokesperson of China's Ministry of National Defense has released a statement at noon, from which you can find answers to the questions you are interested in.

On your second question, there are explicit provisions in the Announcement of the Aircraft Identification Rules for the East China Sea Air Denfense Identification Zone of the People's Republic of China. We hope that all relevant parties could cooperate actively to jointly maintain flight security. The Announcement has stipulated corresponding measures to deal with different situations.

Q: Please update us on the relief efforts made by the three medical assistance forces sent by China to the Philippines.

A: The emergency medical assistance team of the Chinese government, the international rescue team of the Red Cross Society of China and the "Peace Ark" hospital ship of the Chinese navy got fully engaged in the intense relief and rescue work upon their arrival in the hard-hit areas of the Philippines. They built medical camps and field hospitals there, carried out surgical operations, treated and cured many local people. Up till now, they have treated and cured over 1,000 patients and injured people. The international rescue team of the Red Cross Society of China has also found the bodies of 22 victims. They will carry on and fulfill their mission.

Q: Given the US military planes' flight over the East China Sea ADIZ and the fact that Japan ignores China's announcement and refuses to file flight plans, is China concerned that the East China Sea ADIZ will be viewed as a "paper tiger"?

A: The term "paper tiger" has a special implication. You may check what Chairman Mao referred to as a "paper tiger".

I want to stress that the Chinese government is fully determined and capable of defending national sovereignty and security. We also have the capability to exercise effective management over the airspace of the East China Sea ADIZ.

Q: The Statement by China's National Defense Ministry said that they were monitoring and identifying