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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on December 10, 2013

2013/12/10

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on December 10, 2013.

Q: According to a report by US computer security firm FireEye Inc, Chinese hackers spied on the computer systems of five European foreign ministries before last September's G20 Summit. What is China's comment?

A: China firmly upholds cyber security and opposes any forms of hacker attacks. We have made laws to crack down on such behavoirs and China has been engaged in a wide range of international cooperation to combat cyber crimes.

US cyber security companies have long been interested in hyping up the so-called "cyber threat from China" with no solid proof. The so-called "evidence" they got, which is not professional and much less responsible, is widely questioned by cyber experts. To divert public opinion and gain people's attention with some groundless stories does no good to international cooperation on cyber security nor does it make for professionalism and fame of relevant companies.

Q: Last night, the King of Thailand issued a royal decree which consents to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's dissolution of the parliament and the general election on February 2, 2014. Pending the election, Prime Minster Yingluck and the chief of the Election Commission will remain as caretaker heads. What is China's comment?

A: As a friendly neighbor, China hopes that the Thai election will be held smoothly. We hope to see relevant parties in Thailand properly manage differences through dialogue and consultation within the framework of the constitution and laws, and restore national stability and order at an early date.

Q: The Chinese Naval hospital ship "Peace Ark" has completed its mission of medical assistance in the distaster-hit area in the Philippines and it is on the way back. Please brief us on what the ship has done in the Philippines.

A: After completing its mission of humanitarian medical assistance in areas severely afflicted by typhoon in the Philippines, the Chinese Naval hospital ship "Peace Ark" is leaving the Leyte Gulf for China today.

It is the first time that China ha