|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on April 26, 2016|
In order to implement the outcomes of the sixth trilateral leaders' meeting of China, Japan and the ROK, China Public Diplomacy Association and the China-Japan-ROK Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat will co-host the first China-Japan-ROK public diplomacy forum and the 2016 international forum on China-Japan-ROK cooperation at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on April 29. Former Vice Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee Xu Jialu, former ROK Prime Minister Goh Kun, Chairman of the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party's General Council and former Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshihiro Nikai will attend and address the opening ceremony. Executive Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhang Yesui will deliver a speech at the opening ceremony. Prominent figures from the three countries will have discussions centering on promoting trilateral cooperation through communication and exchanges. We believe that the event will play a constructive role in fostering sound interactions and cooperation among the three countries.
Q: Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida delivered a speech on Sino-Japanese relations on April 25, making positive comments about improving and developing the relations in the future. Issues like China's military growth and maritime activities also figured in the speech. What is China's comment on that?
A: We have noted the positive signals sent by Foreign Minister Kishida in his speech. It is hoped that the Japanese side would walk the talk and make concrete efforts to improve and develop the bilateral relationship. However, it is also regrettable that Japan is still making some improper remarks against China on some issues. In this connection, I want to underline that China sticks to the path of peaceful development and pursues a defense policy that is defensive in nature with a strategic intention that is transparent. Activities by China in the East and South China Seas are completely justified and legitimate, and thus beyond reproach. Especially when it comes to the issue of the South China Sea, Japan, as a country outside the region, should place itself at a right position, stop finding fault with China, still less follow the lead of certain country in destabilizing the region.
Q: The Pentagon said in an annual report on April 25 that the US military carried out freedom of navigation operations against 13 countries last year, including several against China, India and Indonesia. In operations targeting Chinese claims, the Pentagon challenged Chinese jurisdiction in the airspace above its maritime Exclusive Economic Zone as well as restrictions it has attempted to impose on aircraft flying through an Air Defense Identification Zone off the Chinese coast. What is China's comment?
A: We have taken note of the relevant report by the US military. The nature of the so-called freedom of navigation operations is nothing but the US assertion of unilateral claims by force or coercive means with the help of its strong naval and air forces. The US took a preemptive move and introduced the freedom of navigation operations in 1979 before the signing of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), with the purpose of ensuring the maximum freedom and maneuverability of US military forces in all the oceans and challenging the new order for the seas and oceans without joining the UNCLOS. It lays bare the US attempt to dominate the order for the seas and oceans, its hegemonic logic of complying with the international law only when the law serves its interests and US enjoying privileges.
We hope that the US would respect other countries' sovereignty and security and make efforts to genuinely uphold the order for the seas and oceans and safeguard regional peace and stability.
Q: It is reported that the Indian government has canceled the visa for Dolkun Isa, head of the "World Uyghur Congress". What is China's comment?
A: We have noted the relevant report. Upon learning that the Indian government would grant a visa for Dolkun, the Chinese side has immediately expressed its concerns with the Indian side through the diplomatic channel.
What I would like to stress is that Dolkun is a terrorist on the red notice of the Interpol and the Chinese police. Bringing him to justice is the due obligation of relevant countries. Sino-Indian relationship enjoys a sound momentum of development. The two sides should respect each other's concerns and properly handle relevant issues.
Q: Do you have more details about the Taiwan fishing boat detained by the Japanese government on April 25?
A: We have seen the report and are trying to learn more about that.
Q: In its annual report on Hong Kong, the EU said that 2015 was a challenging year for the functioning of the "one country, two systems" principle and called on the central government of China to fully respect the arrangements for Hong Kong as a special administrative region in China. What is your comment?
A: The Chinese government's firm resolve of practicing "one country, two systems" is subject to no change. In disregard of the facts, the EU report made unwarranted remarks on Hong Kong affairs based on groundless accusation. We are firmly opposed to that. I would like to reiterate that Hong Kong is the special administrative region of China, and Hong Kong affairs fall totally within China's domestic affairs. No country has the right to interfere. We require the European side to mind its words and deeds and stop intervening in Hong Kong affairs.