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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 has sent a ship to disaster-hit areas overseas to carry out humanitarian medical assistance. During the sixteen-day mission, the "Peace Ark" altogether treated and cured 2,208 people, hospitalized 113 people and performed 44 surgical operations. In addition, it conducted assistant examinations, epidemic investigations, tests of water quality and sterilization and donated part of the medical and health supplies to the Philippine side.

The medical assistance work by the "Peace Ark" showcases China's attitude as a responsible major country and the People's Liberation Army's image as a well-disciplined force for peace, and passes to the Philippine side the friendliness of the Chinese government and people.

Q: The funeral of the former South African President Nelson Mandela will soon be held. What memorial activities has the Chinese government conducted?

A: After the passing of former President Mendela, President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang immediately sent messages of condolence to South African President Jacob Zuma. They deeply lament the passing of former President Mendela, speak highly of his important and historical role in the anti-aparthied struggle and the building of a new South Africa, and commend his historical contribution to the establishment and growth of China-South Africa ties. Vice President Li Yuanchao went to the South African Embassy in China for mourning. He will also attend relevant memorial services in South Africa as the Special Representative of President Xi Jinping, which fully shows the importance the Chinese government attaches to relevant funeral arrangement by the South African government.

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