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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on December 18, 2013

2013/12/18

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on December 18, 2013.

Q: It is reported that military officials of India and Pakistan will hold talks next week for ceasefire at Line of Control in Kashmir. What is China's comment?

A: We welcome the efforts made by Pakistan and India for ceasefire at Line of Control in Kashmir. Both Pakistan and India are important countries in South Asia. The improvement of relations between the two countries is of vital importance to regional peace, stability and development. As the neighbor and friend of Pakistan and India, China will, as it always does, support Pakistan and India in properly resolving relevant disputes through peaceful dialogue.

Q: Over the past few days, US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited Vietnam and the Philippines and made high-profile remarks on the South China Sea issue. What is China's comment?

A: China has noted relevant remarks. It is our long-standing view that the South China Sea issue should be addressed through direct negotiations between relevant countries. China and ASEAN countries have long been engaged in smooth and effective communication on the code of conduct in the South China Sea. We hope the relevant country could respect the efforts China and ASEAN countries have made, honor its commitment of not taking sides on this issue, be prudent in words and deeds, do more things that help build up mutual trust between countries in this region and maintain regional peace and stability, rather than the other way around.

Q: Recently, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga successively criticized China's establishment of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). When jointly meeting the press with Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the US did not recognize China's ADIZ. Philippine Foreign Secretary Rosario said that China was attempting to transform the ADIZ into its domestic airspace. What is China's comment?

A: I want to remind those concerned to make a serious study of what the ADIZ is before making any comment. They should, at the very least, figure out that the ADIZ is not territorial airspace or a no-fly zone.

I want to point out that more than 20 countries in the world have established their ADIZs. The US did so in early 1950s and Japan over 40 years ago. It is on November 23 this year, i.e., only a few w