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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on February 5, 2016


Q: Legislation is working its way through US Congress right now to impose different sanctions on the DPRK. How concerned is China about the effects of the legislation on its trade with the DPRK?

A: A principle of China is that we never approve unilateral sanctions in international affairs. This position will not change no matter how the situation varies. As for issues relating to the fourth nuclear test by the DPRK, you may have already known that members of the UN Security Council are discussing them. We sincerely hope that all parties could meet each other halfway rather than further complicate the issue.

Q: Due to the unfruitful visit by Special Representative Wu Dawei to Pyongyang, does China think it should take more serious measures in response to DPRK's space ambition?

A: We may have different understanding about what is "more serious". The consultation by Special Representative Wu Dawei in Pyongyang is, in itself, a very serious diplomatic endeavor by the Chinese side.

Q: First, is China concerned about the Zika virus that has broken out in Brazil? Is the Chinese government satisfied with the Brazilian government's response to that? Second, when will China's military base in Djibouti be operational? Does China have other plans for military bases around the world?

A: On your first question, I talked about China's view on this issue days ago. We hope that relevant countries could put the virus under control with the help of the international community. The Chinese side is ready to help and cooperate whenever necessary with relevant countries, which are mainly Latin American countries, based on existing sound cooperation on medical treatment and public health.

On your second question, vessels have been sent by China to the Gulf of Aden and waters off the Somali coast for escort missions in recent years. In fulfilling escort missions, we encountered real difficulties in replenishing soldiers and resupplying fuel and food, and found it really necessary to have nearby and efficient logistical support. Governments of China and Djibouti consulted with each other and reached consensus on building logistical facilities in Djibouti, which will be used mainly to resupply Chinese troops when they perform escort duties or humanitarian rescue in the Gulf of Aden and waters off the Somali coast, in a bid to enable them to better fulfill international responsibilities and obligations and safeguard peace and stability of the region and beyond.

Q: Recent reports in the Chinese media claimed that Chinese athletes in the 1990s were forced to take performance enhancing drugs ahead of international competitions. Have any international bodies asked China to investigate these allegations?

A: It is not within the remit of the Foreign Ministry. I'd point you to the competent authorities.

Q: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) was signed by 12 nations including the US and Japan on February 4 in New Zealand. The US claimed that the TPP allows America, and not countries like China, to write the rules of the road in the 21st century. What is your comment on that?

A: I have taken note of the interesting remarks just like you. We never believe that world trade rules can be made by any specific country alone. We have never thought that China or any other specific country could decide by itself how to write the rules or agenda of global trade in the 21st century. We always maintain that the World Trade Organization (WTO) play a leading role in making global trade rules, and hope that major trading powers and economies would stay committed to upholding the role of the WTO.

We understand that governments of some countries have to let the business circle and the public of their countries know the pros and cons about relevant free trade arrangements, then just give them the facts. There is no need to politicize the economic issue. Don't make people feel that the US is pursuing some political ends throughout the process of promoting the TPP. Remarks as such will mislead the public and do harm to state-to-state relations.

Q: Recently there have been a number of cyber attacks on Taiwan "President" Tsai Ing-wen's Facebook page that appeared to be coming from mainland Chinese users. Some speculate that the Chinese government is potentially supporting those attacks. What is your response to the speculation?

A: First I must say that Taiwan is a part of China. We hope that when talking about sovereignty-related issues, rhetoric would be chosen in line with the one-China principle.

I wonder whether there is any evidence to support the speculation you mentioned. We have heard a great variety of speculations concerning cyber security. We don't have that much time to spend our efforts commenting on each and every groundless allegation or hearsay like that.

The Regular Press Conference of the Foreign Ministry will be adjourned from February 8 to 12 for the Spring Festival vacation, and resumed on February 15 (Monday). During the adjournment, the Spokesperson's Office of the Chinese Foreign Ministry will take your questions by phone.

Today's press conference is the last one that we have in the Chinese lunar year of goat. Wish you all a happy lunar new year! We also hope that friends from the foreign press would share with us the happiness of Spring Festival.

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