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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on April 18, 2016


At the invitation of Chinese Special Representative on the China-India Boundary Question and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, Indian Special Representative and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval will attend the 19th Special Representatives' Meeting on the China-India Boundary Question in Beijing from April 20 to 21.

The UN General Assembly will convene a special session on the world drug problem from April 19 to 21 at the UN Headquarters in New York. State Councilor, Director-General of the National Narcotics Control Commission, and Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun will lead the Chinese delegation to the session.

This special session will make an all-round evaluation of the achievements made and challenges faced by the world campaign against narcotics, and chart the course for the effective handling of world drug problem.

Q: Last week, the Malaysian government deported a group of wire fraud suspects to Taiwan. Taiwan officials later set them free. Is the mainland upset about this? Did you protest with the Malaysian side?

A: Regarding the cross-Straits relations that this issue touches upon, you may have noticed that the spokesperson of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council issued a statement during the weekend.

I also want to stress that one-China principle is an important political prerequisite for bilateral relations between China and other countries around the world. Relations between China and Malaysia are developing in an all-round way. We believe that effective cooperation between the two sides in law enforcement and security on cracking down on cross-border crimes will serve the fundamental interests of the two sides.

Q: The Japanese government recently released its 2016 Diplomatic Bluebook which claimed that China's ongoing land reclamation activities are for military purposes and criticized Chinese vessels' multiple entry into waters off Diaoyu Dao. What is your comment?

A: China has indisputable sovereignty over Diaoyu Dao and its affiliated islands, and the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters. The Chinese side will firmly safeguard national territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests. Meanwhile, we are committed to properly resolving relevant disputes with countries directly concerned through friendly consultation.

We have also noted that the Bluebook recognized a stable Japan-China relationship as conducive to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific. If Japan genuinely wishes for stable China-Japan relations and regional peace, it should match its words with actions by stopping hyping up maritime issues and making irresponsible remarks so as to avoid further disturbance to bilateral ties and the situation in the region.

Q: China's defense ministry said that a Chinese military plane landed on Yongshu Jiao of the Nansha Islands last Sunday. Is this the first military plane that landed on the island?

A: The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) stands ready to offer emergency assistance to the people. This is a fine tradition of the PLA. It is nothing to be surprised at on Chinese soil.

Q: Last weekend, a strong earthquake hit Ecuador, killing more than 200 people. Will China consider offering humanitarian assistance to Ecuador?

A: Ecuador suffered huge casualties and property losses in the strong earthquake. China is deeply concerned about that. The Chinese side expresses its deep condolences to the deceased and sincere sympathy to the people affected by the disaster, and believes that people in Ecuador will conquer the difficulties, overcome the disaster and rebuild their homes at an early date. The Chinese government attaches high importance to the safety of Chinese citizens in Ecuador. So far there has been no report of Chinese casualties. The Chinese Foreign Ministry, Embassy in Ecuador and Consulate-General in Guayaquil will continue to follow the situation and offer timely help to Chinese citizens.

As for whether we will provide assistance to Ecuador, we are in close contact with its government and will offer help in accordance with the needs of the government and people of Ecuador.

Q: We have noted the intensive interactions between China and India that are unfolding these days. You just announced the visit by the Indian National Security Adviser. India's Defense Minister has already arrived in Beijing. Foreign Minister Wang Yi will also meet the Indian Foreign Minister in Moscow. What is your comment?

A: China and India always have close high-level exchanges. The intensive high-level interactions you mentioned reflect that China-India relations are enjoying a sound and stable momentum of development, with in-depth growth of political mutual trust, enhanced exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and sound coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs. Despite some differences between the two sides which the media are more interested in, China and India are all willing to effectively manage and address these differences through friendly negotiation and consultation.

I want to stress that China and India are two largest developing countries and major emerging economies as well as two significant forces that drive forward world multi-polarization. Close and amicable relations between China and India not only serve the interests of the two sides, but also contribute to peace and stability of the region and the whole world. We would like to work with India and continuously move forward China-India strategic cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity.

Q: Yesterday, a deputy of the Brazilian Chamber called for the start of impeachment procedures against President Rousseff. What is your comment?

A: Brazil is a major country in Latin America and an important emerging market economy. It is also an important comprehensive strategic partner for China. We follow closely what is going on inside Brazil and hope that all sectors in Brazil can properly handle the complex situation they are facing and maintain political stability and economic and social development.

Q: It is reported that Taiwan invited experts on international law and physical geography to visit Taiping Dao of China's Nansha Islands. Leader of the Taiwan region Ma Ying-jeou reiterated that islands in the South China Sea belong to China, and the nine-dash-line shall be interpreted in accordance with the international law in existence when the lines were drawn instead of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea which only took effect several decades later. Ma also said that it is very difficult to resolve disputes through a third-party arbitration. It is better to settle disputes through consultation. What is your comment?

A: Like what I have said, China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands including Taiping Dao and their adjacent waters. China's sovereignty and relevant rights over the South China Sea were formed over the long course of history and are fully backed by historical and jurisprudential evidence.

The final settlement of territorial issues, regardless of what mechanisms and procedures are undergone, including a resort to a third party, has to be based on state will and be agreed upon by parties directly concerned through negotiation.

The Chinese people from both sides of the Straits share similar views on the relevant issue and jointly bear the honorable mission of protecting the heritage of the Chinese nation.

Q: Costa Rica's government canceled an investment project of CNPC in Costa Rica which is one of the largest projects that China has invested in Latin America. What is your comment?

A: We have noted relevant reports. China values its friendly relations with Costa Rica which have been developing with a sound momentum in recent years. For the issue that came up in cooperation which is an individual case, it is hoped that relevant enterprises of the two sides can enhance communication, understand each other's concerns and find a proper solution through consultation.

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