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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on May 7, 2014

Q: A Chinese fishing boat was apprehended by the Philippine armed men in waters near the Banyue Reef of the Nansha Islands. What is China's comment?

A: China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and the adjacent waters, including the Banyue Reef. Chinese Coast Guard vessels have arrived at the scene. The Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines have lodged representations with the Philippine side, asking for rational explanation and an immediate release of the Chinese boat and its crew. We warn the Philippine side against taking any further provocative actions.

Q: It is said that the Ukrainian Embassy in China announced the recruitment of Chinese young men for combat actions in Crimea. Can the Chinese side confirm that? What is China's comment? Do you know who sent out the message?

A: The Ukrainian Embassy in China never released such messages. As a matter of fact, the Embassy has asked competent authorities of China to assist them in investigating the circumstances and dealing with the issue.

Q: When visiting Hong Kong, US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel made comments on constitutional reform in Hong Kong and the election by universal suffrage of the Chief Executive of Hong Kong. What is China's comment?

A: Issues concerning constitutional development in Hong Kong fall within the internal affairs of Hong Kong and domestic affairs of China. Other countries have no right to interfere. The Chinese government is resolutely opposed to any foreign country's intervention in Hong Kong's constitutional reform or interference in Hong Kong's internal affairs by any means. The Chinese side calls on the American side to stop making unwarranted remarks about Hong Kong's constitutional reform and refrain from actions that jeopardize prosperity and stability of Hong Kong.

Q: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a speech at the North Atlantic Council on May 6, saying that the posture adopted and military actions taken by China are worrisome, and that China attempts to change the status quo by force. What is China's comment?

A: We have made clear China's principle and position on many occasions.

Internally, the Japanese leader is busy taking perverse actions on historical issues and pressing ahead with constitutional amendment and military expansion under the cloak of pro-active pacifism. Internationally, the Japanese leader is busy spreading maliciously the China threat theory, launching verbal attaches against China and defaming China wherever he goes. If he thinks that he can fool the whole world with these tricks, then he underestimates, if not looks down on the wisdom and sense of people from around the world.

It is definitely not China, neither in the past nor at present, that encroached upon other's territory and changed the status quo by force. The Japanese leader who goes out of his way to raise tensions and sow discord is pursuing nothing but the political end of making Japan a military power free from all restraints in the military security field by hyping up external threat.

We would like to give a piece of advice to the Japanese leader. Instead of confusing cause and effect and pursuing a course that leads to nowhere, it is better for him to be honest, face up to the past and present, win the trust of the international community with sincerity and sense of responsibility, follow the path of peaceful development, properly deal with relevant issues of history and make tangible efforts for the improvement of relations between Japan and its neighbors and regional peace and tranquility.

Q: First, is there any advice that the Chinese government can offer to the Norwegian public about how to respond to Dalai's visit? Second, although government officials of Norway will not meet with Dalai, 25 members of the parliament will do so. Will this further worsen China-Norway relations?

A: I can answer your two questions together. We follow closely the Norwegian side's response to Dalai's visit. China always believes that countries should develop a mutually beneficial and cooperative relationship on the basis of equality and mutual respect. We hope the Norwegian side can respect China's core concerns, do more things that can help deepen political mutual trust between the two countries and create conditions for bilateral relations to improve and develop with concrete actions.

Follow-up Question: What is the Chinese government's advice to the common people in Norway? How should they view Dalai's visit to their country?

A: The answer I have just given sends a message to both the Norwegian government and its people. I believe the Norwegian people understand and approve of the principle that a state-to-state relationship must be based on equality, mutual benefit and mutual respect.

Follow-up Question: Do you mean that the general public in Norway should also avoid meeting with Dalai?

A: China has clarified its position on Dalai's visits to foreign countries and meetings with foreign officials. We hope all people can see clearly Dalai's real purpose and true face. We oppose any foreign official's meeting with Dalai under any pretext or in any capacity, and any country's provision of platform for Dalai to organize separatist activities.

Q: Another Chinese citizen was kidnapped in the Sabah State of Malaysia. Will the Chinese government take more security measures?

A: The Chinese Consulate General in Kuching has asked local police to put the safety of the Chinese citizen first while they carry out rescue and take concrete measures to protect Chinese citizens there. The Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Consulate General in Kuching have issued travel alerts.

Q: China, the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom and France signed the Protocol to the Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone (CANWFZ) Treaty on May 6 at UN headquarters. What is China's comment on that?

A: On behalf of the Chinese government, China's Ambassador to the UN Liu Jieyi signed the Protocol to the CANWFZ Treaty and read out the statement of the Chinese government on the signing of the Protocol. To establish nuclear-weapon-free zones is an important part of global nuclear governance and an important step toward a nuclear-weapon-free world, which holds great significance to nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation as well as peace and stability of the region and beyond. The signing of the Protocol by the five nuclear states is a major event in the international campaign for the implementation of nuclear-weapon-free zones, which is made possible because of the concerted efforts of the five nuclear states and Central Asian countries. China appreciates and welcomes that.

China stays committed to advancing global nuclear governance and supports the international endeavour of establishing nuclear-weapon-free zones. China is the only nuclear state that undertakes unconditionally not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear-weapon states or nuclear-weapon-free zones. The signing of the Protocol gives full expression to this basic nuclear policy of China. At the same time, China follows through on the neighborhood diplomacy featuring affinity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness, devotes itself to safeguarding peace and stability in the neighborhood and works vigorously to promote security cooperation with neighboring countries. All the five Central Asian countries are China's friends. The signing of the Protocol is also an important action taken by China to implement the neighborhood diplomacy and deepen cooperation on regional security. It speaks volumes for China's dedication to peace, stability and development of the five Central Asian countries and the region.

China commends Kazakhstan for its leading role in signing the Protocol. The Chinese side will continue to support the efforts by the international community in establishing nuclear-weapon-free zones in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and other regions.

Q: Is there any foreigner among the injured in the violent attack at the railway station in Guangzhou?

A: The public security agency in Guangzhou has released detailed information. As far as I have learnt, there is no foreigner among the injured.

Q: Pakistan has recently allowed the airlift of a batch of military vehicles to Afghanistan to beef up security and military forces in Afghanistan. What is China's comment?

A: I have to check on that and I will come back to you.

Q: The US government said that if Russia recognizes the referendum in the eastern part of Ukraine as legitimate, it will launch a new round of sanctions against Russia. What is China's comment?

A: China's position on sanctions is clear and consistent. We oppose the use or threat of sanctions at every turn in international relations. We are deeply concerned about the current situation in Ukraine and call on all relevant parties to remain calm, exercise restraint, act upon the consensus reached by Russia, the US, the EU and Ukraine in Geneva, renounce force or any violent action that may cause the situation to deteriorate, start political talks and reconciliation process as soon as possible and move the situation towards de-escalation.

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