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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on December 18, 2013

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on December 18, 2013.

Q: It is reported that military officials of India and Pakistan will hold talks next week for ceasefire at Line of Control in Kashmir. What is China's comment?

A: We welcome the efforts made by Pakistan and India for ceasefire at Line of Control in Kashmir. Both Pakistan and India are important countries in South Asia. The improvement of relations between the two countries is of vital importance to regional peace, stability and development. As the neighbor and friend of Pakistan and India, China will, as it always does, support Pakistan and India in properly resolving relevant disputes through peaceful dialogue.

Q: Over the past few days, US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited Vietnam and the Philippines and made high-profile remarks on the South China Sea issue. What is China's comment?

A: China has noted relevant remarks. It is our long-standing view that the South China Sea issue should be addressed through direct negotiations between relevant countries. China and ASEAN countries have long been engaged in smooth and effective communication on the code of conduct in the South China Sea. We hope the relevant country could respect the efforts China and ASEAN countries have made, honor its commitment of not taking sides on this issue, be prudent in words and deeds, do more things that help build up mutual trust between countries in this region and maintain regional peace and stability, rather than the other way around.

Q: Recently, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga successively criticized China's establishment of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). When jointly meeting the press with Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the US did not recognize China's ADIZ. Philippine Foreign Secretary Rosario said that China was attempting to transform the ADIZ into its domestic airspace. What is China's comment?

A: I want to remind those concerned to make a serious study of what the ADIZ is before making any comment. They should, at the very least, figure out that the ADIZ is not territorial airspace or a no-fly zone.

I want to point out that more than 20 countries in the world have established their ADIZs. The US did so in early 1950s and Japan over 40 years ago. It is on November 23 this year, i.e., only a few weeks ago, that China set up its East China Sea ADIZ, the purpose of which is to defend itself. If other countries can establish their ADIZs while China is not allowed to, then where is international justice? Where is sovereign equality?

As we all can see that flight activities and order remain completely normal in the relevant airspace over the past weeks. Remarks saying that regional tensions have been raised are utterly groundless, not to mention accusations against China which confuse right and wrong with ulterior motives.

We think that relevant parties have staged enough shows, and they should give it a rest. If they are genuinely concerned about regional peace and stability, they should look at China's approaches in an objective and just way and stop stirring up troubles.

Q: Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma will start his visit to China tomorrow. Which Chinese leaders will meet with him? What is on his agenda besides watching the launch of a Bolivian communications satellite?

A: At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, Bolivian President Morales will pay a state visit to China from December 19 to 21.

China attaches great importance to President Morales's state visit to China. During the visit, President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders will hold talks and meetings with him. They will exchange views on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common interest. President Morales will also go to the Xichang Satellite Launch Center to witness the launch of a Bolivian communications satellite. This visit is expected to boost China-Bolivia relations.

I also want to brief you on our cooperation in the satellite program. In April 2010, China Great Wall Industry Corporation signed a cooperation agreement with Bolivia on satellite program. According to the agreement, China will develop, launch and deliver in-orbit a communications satellite for Bolivia. It will be used for broadcast communications, distance education and telemedicine. The satellite has arrived in Xichang Satellite Launch Center and is expected to be launched on December 21 Beijing time. We hereby wish this mission a full success.

Q: According to an editorial issued by Rodong Sinbum yesterday, the DPRK has grown into a true nuke-possessor, which is a brilliant result of the Songun revolutionary leadership by Kim Jong Il. What is China's comment?

A: China's position on the Korean nuclear issue is clear-cut. We stay committed to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, upholding peace and stability of the Peninsula and solving problems through dialogue. China will stay in communication with all parties to push for an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks and play a positive role in bringing the Korean nuclear issue back to the process of dialogue and negotiation.

Q: Yesterday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2129, underlining that the international community should stay focused on combating terrorism. It, for the first time, makes explicit requirement for all countries to employ specific measures to crack down on cyber terrorism. What is China's comment? What is China's expectation for enhanced international cooperation against terrorism?

A: Nowadays, the Internet has become an important tool for terrorist forces to conduct activities. More and more terrorist and extremist organizations recruit members, spread violent and terrorist ideas, teach related techniques, raise funds and plot attacks online. The danger of cyber terrorism is growing and it is now an important topic of the international campaign against terrorism.

China is a victim of cyber terrorism. In recent years, the East Turkistan terrorist forces, led by the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), poured audios and videos about terrorism onto the Internet to instigate the so called "jihad" against the Chinese government. It has become one of the major and direct causes for the growing number of terrorist attacks in China, particularly in Xinjiang over the past years. After the serious and violent "October 28" terrorist attack occurred in Beijing this year, the ETIM uploaded a video, claiming responsibility and inciting more terrorist attacks against the Chinese government. The rampant cyber terrorism by the ETIM and other East Turkistan terrorist forces, not only jeopardizes China's security and stability, but also fosters the thought of international terrorism and extremism which will pose severe threat to world security and stability.

It takes strengthened international cooperation to combat cyber terrorism. Resolution 2129 adopted by the Security Council, for the first time, makes it explicit that all countries should employ specific measures to step up counter-cyber terrorism efforts. It is of great significance for the international community to further crack down on online terrorist activities by terrorist organizations and individuals. China hopes that countries around the world will enhance cooperation to combat cyber terrorist activities by the ETIM and other terrorist forces, so as to jointly uphold international security and stability.

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