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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on January 10, 2014

2014/01/10

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on January 10, 2014.

Q: Al-Qaida recently took hold of parts of the Iraqi city Fallujah and fought fierce battles with government forces and armed tribal fighters. Government forces have almost brought the situation under control, and the relevant counter-terrorism operation is still ongoing. What is China's comment?

A: China follows closely the recent security situation in Iraq and supports the Iraqi side in restoring stability and normal order at an early date. We hope that all relevant parties in Iraq would enhance solidarity, properly deal with the current problem and realize national stability and development.

Q: Regarding the measures passed by Hainan province on the implementation of the Fisheries Law of the People's Republic of China, US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said at the press conference on January 9 that “restrictions on other countries' fishing activities in disputed portions of the South China Sea is provocative and potentially dangerous”. What is China's comment?

A: I expressed China's position yesterday. We are dissatisfied with and opposed to the remarks made by the US.

China is a coastal country as well as a continental one, with a long coastline and numerous islands and reefs. In accordance with relevant international law, common international practice and domestic laws, the Chinese government has the right and obligation to manage the living and non-living resources on relevant islands and reefs and in relevant waters. Fishery laws and regulations of China have been properly enforced over the past 30-odd years, without causing any tension. If someone insists on accusing the technical amendment to a local fishery regulation that has been implemented for years as a threat to regional peace and stability, he or she either lacks common sense or is of ulterior motives.

There is no need at all to reinforce China's long-standing and clear claim of rights and interests over the South China Sea by passing a local regulation. As a coastal country of the South China Sea, China is a firm advocate and promoter of peace, stability, cooperation and development of the South China Sea. China stays committed to resolving relevant disputes with countries directly concerned through consultation and negotiation. Thanks to the concerted efforts of China and relevant countries, there has been long-lasting peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

If the US reads closely China’s Legislation Law, Fisheries Law, the lately amended measures of Hainan province on the implementation of the Fisheries Law and their respective application, it will find that there is no difference between the measures and the Fisheries Law enacted in 1986 in terms of provisions on the entry of foreign fishing boats in the waters under China's jurisdiction. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with the law and the regulation. It is because those who read into the law adopted a wrong mindset.

If the US really wants to safeguard regional peace and stability, it should respect and support relevant countries' efforts to solve problems through direct dialogue and negotiation, honor its commitment, be discreet in word and deed, play a constructive role in the cooperation of the South China Sea and avoid sending any wrong signal.

Q: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius reportedly said after his meeting with the visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on January 9 that he hoped that China and Japan could draw on the experience of France-Germany relations when dealing with issues left over from history with mutual respect and the respect for history as the precondition for a peaceful and friendly relationship. What is China's comment?

A: People have been comparing Japan with Germany over these days. On historical issues, such as the attitude toward war crimes, there is a world of difference between Japan and Germany, leaving people with sighs and thought. The kneeling down of former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Willy Brandt in Warsaw won world's understanding, respect and trust for Germany. The reconciliation between France and Germany, the European integration process based on that and peace and prosperity of the European continent that lasts for over half a century would not have been possible without Germany's profound remorse and sincere confession to the history of Nazi. In a stark contrast to it, the Japanese leader refuses to reflect on the history of militarist aggression, takes it as pride instead of shame and pays a blatant homage to the Yasukuni Shrine where Class-A war criminals of World War II are honored. It evokes people's painful memory of that war and gives rise to high vigilance and strong concerns over where Japan is heading.

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Whether to hold on to his wrong course and get caught in his own trap or to sincerely repent and change course, the final decision is for the Japanese leader himself to make.

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