|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on January 29, 2014|
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on January 29, 2014.
Q: It is reported that on January 28, Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and the entire cabinet. The Ukrainian Parliament voted to repeal new anti-protest laws. However, the opposition claimed they had taken a successful step and would continue protests. They want not only to change the government but also the "rules of the game". What is China's comment on the current situation in Ukraine?
A: China has been following closely the development of the situation in Ukraine. As a strategic partner, China respects the choice made by the Ukrainian people and supports the efforts of the Ukrainian government and people to maintain social harmony and stability. We hope all relevant parties in Ukraine bear in mind the interests of the country and the well-being of the people, resolve differences through dialogue and consultation and restore stability and social order as soon as possible. We also hope that the international community could play a constructive role in this regard.
Q: The Japanese media reported that US Vice President Joe Biden once tried to discourage Shinzo Abe from visiting the Yasukuni Shrine. What is China's comment?
A: Japan's relations with China, the ROK and other neighbors have become strained, and the reason is clear. It is completely caused by Japan's deliberate provocations on the issue of territorial disputes and its backsliding on historical issues. In total disregard of the firm opposition of the international community, Abe visited the Yasukuni Shrine where Class-A war criminals of WWII are honored. This, in particular, grossly tramples on the historical justice and human conscience and challenges the outcome of WWII and the post-war international order. With its negative impact gone beyond the scope of China-Japan relations and ROK-Japan relations, this action has aroused universal and strong opposition of the international community. We believe that the international community should speak with one voice for justice and jointly urge the Japanese leader to deeply reflect upon the history of aggression, take steps to correct errors, make tangible efforts to improve relations with neighbors and win the trust of Asian neighbors and the international community with concrete actions.
Q: The Yonhap said that the ROK government has decided to promote the international joint study on Japan's history of aggression in response Japan's frequent provocations on historical issues. It is also said that China and the ROK who were once invaded by Japan may naturally join hands in the international joint study because of their same position on historical issues. What is China's comment?
A: Japan has been taking perverse actions for some time on historical issues concerning the Yasukuni Shrine, the forced recruitment of comfort women and the revision of textbooks. It attempts to glorify the history of aggression and colonial rule by the Japanese militarism, overturn the trial of justice by the international community on the militaristic Japan and challenge the outcome of WWII and the post-war international order. Such actions have been firmly opposed by China and the ROK and triggered strong reaction from the international community.
The future is only open to those who are true to history. China and the ROK share similar or same experiences on Japan-related historical issues. We both hold that Japan must face up to history, deeply reflect upon history, admit mistakes, change course and win the trust of its neighbors and the international community with concrete actions. We support the ROK's decision of conducting the international joint study on Japan's history of aggression, and we stand ready to maintain communication with all victimized countries in Asia including the ROK to jointly uphold historical justice, human conscience, the outcome of WWII and the post-war international order as well as regional peace and stability.
Q: At the plenary session of the House of Councilors, Japanese Prime Minister Abe restated his intention of revising the Constitution and called for an early meeting of Chinese, ROK and Japanese leaders, saying that candid talks should be held without preconditions just because there are problems. What is China's comment?
A: What kind of development path Japan follows is a major issue that affects not only Japan's future but also peace, stability and development of Asia. We urge the Japanese side to deeply reflect upon the history of aggression and pursue a path of peaceful development.
On the issue of dialogue between Chinese and Japanese leaders, we have expressed explicitly our position many times. Japan must not on the one hand, refuse to admit mistakes, speak evil of China and stir up troubles everywhere in an attempt to smear China, and on the other hand duck major matters but take up minor ones, avoid real efforts but pay lip service and chant empty slogans of dialogue. We urge once again the Japanese leader to no longer try to get away with mistakes by playing tricks. Instead, he should admit and correct mistakes in real earnest and take steps to create conditions for the improvement of relations with neighbors.
Q: US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies visited China the other day. Please give us more details about his visit. The DPRK said efforts should be made to improve its relations with the ROK as soon as possible. Are we expecting any progress on the resumption of the Six-Party Talks?
A: During his recent visit to China, US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Davies met with Executive Vice Foreign Minister of China Zhang Yesui and held talks with Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Korean Peninsular Affairs Wu Dawei. The two sides exchanged views on the situation of the Korean Peninsula and the resumption of the Six-Party Talks. China elaborated its position on the issue of the Korean Peninsula, stressing that we should stay committed to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, upholding peace and stability of the Peninsula and solving problems through dialogue and consultation. Under the current circumstances, all parties should be discreet in word and deed and make joint efforts to avoid any more setbacks in the relatively relaxed situation of the Peninsula. We should safeguard the overall peace and stability of the Peninsula and create conditions for an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks. To resume the Six-Party talks at an early date and incorporate the Korean nuclear issue into a sustainable, irreversible and gradual trust-building process serves the common interests of all relevant parties. The parties should shoulder their due responsibilities and make constructive efforts for an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks.
A journalist asked after the press conference: It is learned that the Hong Kong SAR government will suspend its visa-free arrangement for the Philippines as a way of sanction. What is your comment?
Hua Chunying: The "August 23" Hong Kong hostage incident affects the feelings of the Chinese, including Hong Kong compatriots. The Central government supports the efforts made by the Hong Kong SAR government for the proper settlement of the follow-up matters. We urge the Philippine side to face squarely the concerns of the victims and their families, show sincerity and solve the relevant issues at an early date.