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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on January 26, 2016


Q: A US official told the press that ASEAN wants to work in unison to protect maritime rights and interests and avoid militarization and conflict. What is your comment?

A: I have noted relevant reports. The US official cannot speak for ASEAN countries. I have no comments on his words.

I want to point out that maintaining peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific serves the interests of all regional countries. It is hoped that the US would make constructive efforts for peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific, instead of stirring troubles and sowing discord.

Q: These days, some US officials have been making remarks against China on the Korean nuclear issue via the media. What is your response?

A: We have noted those remarks, most of which make no sense and are unconstructive.

To realize denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and safeguard peace and stability of the Peninsula serves the common interests of all parties. As a close neighbor to the Korean Peninsula and a responsible major power, China has been making unremitting efforts and playing an important role. This is an undeniable fact recognized by all. However, it cannot solely rely on China to realize denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and safeguard peace and stability of the Peninsula. It calls for concerted efforts of all parties to work toward the same direction. Some parties' failure to do so is one major reason why the denuclearization process on the Peninsula has ran into difficulties and the Six-Party Talks stalled. Therefore, we hope and urge that the relevant party would earnestly fulfill their due responsibilities and play a constructive role. It should work with China to bring the Korean nuclear issue back to the right track, instead of pointing fingers and making inappropriate remarks.

Q: China has released the Swedish citizen Peter Dahlin. Why was he released?

A: First of all, I need to correct you that he is not released but deported.

Information from the relevant departments shows that the Swedish citizen Peter is suspected of supporting criminal activities that endanger China's state security. In accordance with the Criminal Procedure Law of the People's Republic of China, Beijing State Security Bureau placed Peter under compulsory measures of residential surveillance at designated residence. After inquiries, Peter owned up to the crime. He was deported on January 25, 2016 by China in accordance with relevant law.

Prior to that, following the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, China informed the Swedish side about the relevant situation and arranged for the Swedish side to visit him.

Q: What is your response to US criticism on China's reclamation and test flights in the South China Sea?

A: We do not accept such unfounded criticism. China's construction activities on some islands and reefs of the Nansha Islands and inspection and test flights on Yongshu Jiao are legitimate, justified and for public interests. We have made this clear on many occasions. The setting up of relevant facilities will improve maritime search and rescue in the South China Sea as well as other public service capabilities. It is hoped that the relevant country can have a correct view on this and stop making groundless accusations and hyping up the issue. If it sincerely wishes for peace and stability in the South China Sea, it should work with the Chinese side and play a constructive role to that end.

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