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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference on April 28, 2014

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang held a press conference on April 28, 2014.

Q: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abott held a press conference today. He announced that they will adjust the search plan, and a new phase of the search will focus on the ocean floor. What is China's comment?

A: Since the Malaysia Airlines plane went missing, China has been in close communication and cooperation with all parties concerned including the Malaysian side and the Australian side to carry out search operation. In the massive search operation that has lasted for more than 50 days since March 8, China has been doing whatever it can. We have sent a total of 18 naval vessels, mobilized 66 merchant ships and 20 fishing boats to search a 1.3 million square kilometers stretch of waters. Multiple sorties of flights have also been dispatched to the relevant waters and 21 satellites been used. The scale of this search operation is unprecedented in China's history.

All countries, including Malaysia and Australia, are engaged in searching for the missing plane by actively deploying their resources. They have made strenuous efforts by doing whatever they can. The Australia-led search of the southern Indian Ocean, in particular, has gone through numerous difficulties. China is highly appreciative of and grateful for their efforts. China appreciates the convenience and assistance relevant countries have provided to the Chinese vessels and planes taking part in the search.

China welcomes the Australian side's decision of coordinating search resources to intensify underwater search. China will continue to deploy its resources, remain in close coordination and cooperation with the Malaysian and Australian sides and actively support and participate in the next phase of the search. We call on the international community to continue their support.

Q: The Norwegian side recently announced that they will not have any official meetings with Dalai when he visits Norway in May. What is China's comment?

A: China pays attention to the announcement by the Norwegian side. China always maintains that countries need to develop a relationship of win-win cooperation on the basis of mutual respect and equal treatment. China's position on the issue of Dalai is consistent, clear and unchanged. We urge the Norwegian side to earnestly respect China's core concerns and take concrete actions to create condition for China-Norway relationship to improve and develop.

Q: US President Barack Obama's four-state visit to Asia is nearing its end. Does China believe it has helped or hurt the United States' overall strategic engagement with Asia? How does China view his visit to these four countries?

A: What I want to stress here is that entering the 21st century, the trend of this region and the common aspiration of all the people living in this region is peace, development and win-win cooperation. We hope that the US and relevant countries in this region can base their actions on this trend and aspiration, and make positive efforts to ensure peace, stability and prosperity of this region.

I have also noticed some media reports in recent days saying that President Obama did not include China in his trip to Asia because he meant it as a way to counter China. Whether it is to counter China or not, we will tell based on what the US says and does. As for China not being one of the destinations of President Obama's trip, I'd say China is right here, whether he comes or not.

Q: The US and the Philippines signed the Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation. What is China's comment? Does China believe it is an attempt to contain China?

A: We hope relevant countries can do things that help countries in this region enhance mutual trust and safeguard regional peace, stability and prosperity. As to whether it is a way of containing China, it depends on what the US says and does. President Obama and other US officials have said on multiple occasions that the US has no intention of containing China. We believe that China and the US, as two countries sharing a wide range of common interests in the Asia-Pacific, should respect each other, enhance cooperation, and work with relevant countries in this region to promote regional peace, stability, development and prosperity. That is what should be done.

Q: The initial result from the Afghan presidential election shows that former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and former finance minister Ashraf Ghani have led the poll and are likely to enter the second round. What is China's comment?

A: China welcomes the progress the Afghan presidential election has achieved so far. As a friendly neighbor of Afghanistan, China respects the choice made by the Afghan people, and hopes that this election can serve as a new beginning from where Afghanistan can proceed toward unity and stability. China stands ready to work with all sides to continue to support Afghanistan's peaceful reconstruction and national reconciliation and work for the enduring peace and prosperity of Afghanistan and the region.

Q: There are reports that China and the US have launched negotiations on cutting carbon dioxide emissions. All sides hope that a deal backed by both China and the US can be sealed at the Climate Change Conference in Paris next year. Please brief us on relevant developments.

A: In recent years, climate change, energy conservation and emission reduction have become a new area of cooperation between China and the US. Two heads of state have reached consensus in this area. Under the framework of the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogues, we have set up a working group on climate change, established relevant mechanisms and worked out relevant plans. As two influential countries in the area of climate change, China and the US should further enhance communication, coordination and cooperation, pool the efforts from the international community to address the challenges brought by climate change together. However, China and the US are at different stages of development and under different national conditions. The US is the largest developed country while China is the most populous developing country. When dealing with climate change, we follow the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities", enhance mutual understanding and broaden consensus through consultation and dialogue, and encourage other countries to join in the international campaign against climate change. The 21st UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris next year is a very important one. We stand ready to work with the US and other countries to move this conference toward anticipated results.

Q: G7 has agreed on a new round of sanctions against Russia. Does China believe that sanctions can help solve the Ukrainian crisis? Has G7 discussed relevant issues with China?

A: Since the Ukrainian crisis broke out, China has been in close contact with relevant countries, including G7, and we have expounded China's principles and positions.

China always opposes the use or threat of sanctions in international relations. We believe that sanctions will do no good to solve the problem, but may further escalate the tension. It is in no party's interests. We call on all sides to carry on talks and negotiations to find a proper solution to the dispute and push for a political resolution of the Ukrainian crisis.

Q: There are reports from the Australian media that Chinese spies had hacked into the email system of the Australian Parliament. What is China's comment?

A: I wonder on what grounds did the Australian media make this accusation against China. We oppose and ban cyber-attack. Judging from the facts that have been brought to daylight over recent years, China is a victim of internet hackers. Cyber-attack knows no boundary and can be carried out anonymously. Cracking down on cyber-attack needs the concerted efforts and intensified cooperation of the international community. We hope relevant media organizations in Australia can approach this issue in a responsible and constructive manner, instead of making groundless accusations and media hype.

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