|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on January 7, 2014|
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on January 7, 2014.
Q: ROK President Park Geun-hye said at the new year press conference on January 6 that ROK-China relationship has become closer than ever before. She hopes that the two sides could build up mutual trust and friendship and, based on that, stay committed to improving the well-being of the two peoples and realizing peace and stability of Northeast Asia. What is China's comment?
A: China highly commends President Park Geun-hye for her remarks. We all remember that President Park Geun-hye paid a state visit to China in June last year and was warmly welcomed by the Chinese side. She herself also left a deep and good impression on the Chinese people. It is also during that visit that leaders of the two sides reached the important consensus on enriching and deepening China-ROK relations and jointly released the China-ROK Joint Statement for the Future and the Action Plan to Enrich China-ROK Strategic Cooperative Partnership, charting the course for the development of bilateral relations in the coming five years and more.
China and the ROK are each other's important neighbors. The growth of China-ROK ties serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples and contributes to regional peace, stability and development. China is ready to work with the ROK to earnestly implement the consensus reached between leaders of the two countries and push for sustained, sound and steady advancement of China-ROK strategic cooperative partnership.
Q: It is reported that the US side has made public relevant information about the arson attack at the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco. Has the US shared any information with China about the identity of the suspect and the motive for the attack? Does China find the investigation results given by the US acceptable?
A: We have noted relevant reports. The Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco has also got the notification from relevant US departments. The Chinese side requires the US side to investigate thoroughly the case and hold the perpetrator accountable. Meanwhile, we urge the US side to take all necessary means to protect Chinese diplomatic and consular missions and staff as well as their property in the US in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, so as to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents.
We have noted the statement by the US that the trial has just started and the case is under further investigation. We will continue to follow closely the development.
Q: Foreign Minister Wang Yi met respectively with negotiators from the warring parties of South Sudan in Ethiopia. Please give us more details.
A: On January 6, Foreign Minister Wang Yi who is on an official visit to Ethiopia met with negotiators from the warring parties of South Sudan in Addis Ababa. He worked on the two parties to promote peace talks during the meetings.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China stays committed to safeguarding peace and stability of the region and the world at large. As a friend of South Sudan, China is ready to play a constructive role in promoting peace talks between the warring parties.
The two parties briefed Foreign Minister Wang Yi about the current situation and the Foreign Minister worked on them respectively. He stressed that as a new-born country, it is imperative for South Sudan to maintain social stability and boost economy. China pays high attention to the recent conflicts in South Sudan and hopes that the two parties could bear in mind the overall and long-term interests of the people of South Sudan, immediately realize a ceasefire and cessation of violence, uphold the rule of law and order, start peace talks as soon as possible and explore a reasonable solution.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi also pointed out that although the two parties are yet to see eye to eye, the difference is narrowing and the consensus broadening. Basic conditions have been met for the peace talk. It is hoped that the two parties could get engaged in official talks as soon as possible and strive to come up with a reasonable solution. Foreign Minister Wang Yi encouraged the two sides to seek consensus and realize reconciliation with a Chinese saying put like this: We remain brothers after all the vicissitudes; let's forgo our old grudges when we meet again with smile.
Both the warring parties of South Sudan appreciated China's position and expressed the willingness of solving the dispute through peaceful means. They expected to hold an official peace talk at an early date and accepted the mediation efforts of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). They regarded China as a major country with important influence and a true friend of South Sudan, welcoming China's constructive role in promoting peace talks. Both sides pledged to take effective measures to protect Chinese-funded institutions and nationals as well as their property in South Sudan.
Q: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at the press conference on January 6 that the door for dialogue with China and the ROK is open and he would like to explain his true intentions regarding his visit to the Yasukuni Shrine by holding meetings with Chinese and ROK leaders, adding that his proactive pacifism will be understood as long as he explains it thoroughly. What is China's comment?
A: China has repeatedly expounded on its relevant position. The universal and strong reaction by the international community to Abe's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine has spoken volumes about the issue. Facts speak louder than words. Black is black and white is white. What the Japanese leader has done shows that he wants to reverse the verdict on the history of aggression and Class-A war criminals. We want to tell him that the more he tries to hide, the more he is exposed. He'd better realize his errors and mend his way.
What is more, without a correct understanding of and deep repentance for the history of aggression by militarism and without responsible attitude, policies and actions on peaceful development, the Japanese leader will only lead his country further away down the path of danger and mistakes. This is a misfortune rather than a blessing to peace of the region. We hope that friends from the press could convey the voice of justice from people of China and the world to the Japanese people.
Q: Chinese ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming compared the Japanese militarism to Voldemort in an opinion piece. In a response published by the Daily Telegraph, the Japanese Ambassador to the UK wrote: China continuously increases its military spending and changes the status quo with unilateral actions. "There are two paths open to China. One is to seek dialogue, and abide by the rule of law. The other is to play the role of Voldemort" and threaten regional security. What is China's comment?
A: I do not want to make specific comments on the ignorant, impudent and arrogant remarks by the person you mentioned. I just want to call your attention to the historical fact. In history, it was Japan who waged the war of militarist aggression which brought untold suffering to the people of China and other countries in the region and caused over 35 million deaths and injuries in China alone. Crimes committed by the Japanese militarism to neighboring countries in history are too numerous to be listed and cannot be denied and obliterated by anyone. Japanese leaders paid blatant homage to the Yasukuni Shrine where Class-A war criminals of World War II are honored, and the Shrine openly defends the war of aggression. What else can it be if it is not the haunting ghost of militarism?
There is one more noteworthy fact. With a population over ten times larger than that of Japan and an area about 26 times as big as that of Japan, China's per capita military spending is only 1/5 of that of Japan. Who is engaged in military buildup? Who is threatening regional security? It is clear at a glance.
Last but not least, for countries in Asia and other parts of the world, militarist aggression is the most evil "demon" in the history of Japan. Only by bravely facing up to and conquering the "demon" in the history and mind of Japan, can Japan win back the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community. Otherwise, it will always be in the dock of history.