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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 the US military planes flying over the East China Sea ADIZ. Is that the consequence that foreign flights will face if they enter the ADIZ? Will China take any tougher measure?

A: China has responded to the two US military planes' flight over the East China Sea ADIZ in accordance with the provisions of the Announcement. We will make corresponding reactions in light of the situation and the degree of threat that we may face.

Q: China has made solemn representations about the Australian Foreign Minister's concerns about China's establishment of the ADIZ. In what form were these representations made? Will this episode affect her upcoming visit to China?

A: China has made solemn representations to Australia through the diplomatic channel. With regard to the Australian Foreign Minister's upcoming visit to China, we believe that the two sides will have discussions on a wide range of issues.

Q: Can you clarify that if a civilian aircraft flies into the ADIZ without abiding by its rules, passengers and crew of the aircraft will not be at risk?

A: The Announcement has made things clear and there is no need for me to clarify it. I suggest you read the Announcement carefully.

China's establishment of the East China Sea ADIZ does not change the legal status of the related airspace, nor does it affect the freedom of overflight that countries enjoy in accordance with international law. If any problem or situation occurs, China will deal with it correspondingly in accordance with the Announcement.

Q: The Election Commission of Bangladesh announced on the evening of November 25 that the next round of general election will be held on January 5, 2014. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party, the biggest opposition party there, voiced strong protest. What is China's comment on the situation in Bangladesh?

A: We have noted the aforementioned situation. As a friendly neighbor of Bangladesh, China sincerely hopes that all relevant parties in Bangladesh would set store by overall interests, solve differences through dialogue, make efforts to ensure the success of the election and work together to achieve political and social stability and economic development.

Q: Japanese media reported that in response to China's establishment of the East China Sea ADIZ, Japan's Ministry of Defense will enlarge its ADIZ. What is China's comment?

A: I have not got any formal information on that. I want to stress that China's establishment of the East China Sea ADIZ is a legitimate act of exercising the right of self-defense. It is not directed against any particular country or target. There is no need for the relevant country to make a fuss over it, get into a panic or assume that it has been targeted.

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