Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu's Regular Press Conference on October 12, 2010
On the afternoon of October 12, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu held a regular press conference and answered questions.
Ma Zhaoxu: Good afternoon! Welcome to the first press conference at our new press conference hall, known as the Blue Hall. This is our new homeland, and I hope you all like it. This is also the first press conference after the 7-day National Holiday, you must have quite a lot of questions, and I'll be more than happy to take them.
Now the floor is yours.
Q: Today, the Foreign Ministry launches the new press conference hall, also known as the "Blue Hall". What's the implication of the name? And how do you feel about giving the first press conference here? Separately, how do you comment on the recent parliamentary election in Kyrgyzstan?
A: This hall is called the "Blue Hall", because the color blue symbolizes openness, courage, sincerity and harmony, which is the essence of our press conference. Blue is also the color of the sea. We should all have the bosom of the sea, into which all rivers run. It is our sincere hope that the Blue Hall could serve as a bridge to bond all of us together; it is our sincere hope that the Blue Hall become a platform for better communication; it is also our sincere hope that the Blue Hall stand as a mirror that reflects China's strides in its reform and opening-up. We see this hall as our shared homeland, where I believe we'll have a great time together.
As for the parliamentary election in Kyrgyzstan, China and Kyrgyzstan are friendly neighbors. China follows closely the development of the situation there. We take note that the Kyrgyz parliamentary election went smoothly. China respects the choice by the Kyrgyz people and sincerely hopes to see a comprehensive restoration of stability in the country. This is in the fundamental interest of the Kyrgyz people and also conducive to peace, development and prosperity in Central Asia.
Q: It's reported that some Japanese congressmen made a so-called "inspection from the air" over the Diaoyu Island, how do you comment?
A: China has stated its solemn position on the issue to the Japanese side. The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been China's inherent territory since ancient times. Some individuals in Japan made the illegal "inspection from the air" in an attempt to infringe upon China's territorial sovereignty and undermine China-Japan relations, which will arrive nowhere.
I'd like to stress that China and Japan are close neighbors. It is in the fundamental interest of the two peoples to strive for improvement and development of China-Japan relations. We maintain that relevant sensitive issues should be properly handled through dialogue and consultation within the framework of the strategic relationship of mutual benefit in the spirit of the four China-Japan political documents.
Q: What would you like to say to those countries that support awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Mr. Liu Xiaobo?
A: China has already made its position clear on the issue. Since reform and opening-up, China has made remarkable achievements in its development, including continuous progress in human rights. This is widely acknowledged by the international community. The Norwegian Nobel Committee, by giving the Peace Prize to a convicted person in China, shows no respect for the judicial system of China. Politicians from some countries are using this opportunity to attack China. This is not only disrespect for China's judicial system but also puts a big question mark on their true intention. What I want to say is that, if some people try to change China's political system in this way and try to stop the Chinese people from moving forward, that is obviously making a mistake.
Q: The Japan-China Friendship Association announced on its website on October 10 that China had notified the Japanese Foreign Ministry of its permission to allow 1000 Japanese youth to attend the Shanghai World Expo from 27 to 30. Could you confirm?
A: People-to-people exchanges, particularly exchanges among the youth between China and Japan are of great importance to the improvement and development of bilateral relations. We welcome more Japanese youth to come to the Expo. Since the Expo is soon to conclude, I suggest you lose no time in going.
Q: It is reported that the DPRK had confirmed Kim Jong-un as the successor of Kim Jong-il. Do you have any comment?
A: The DPRK has recently held a Party Congress, during which the top party leadership was elected. China has sent its congratulations. We hope various undertakings in the DPRK continue to move forward.
Q: First, yesterday, Zhou Yongkang conveyed to the DPRK side President Hu Jintao's invitation to Kim Jong-il and the new DPRK leadership. Is Kim Jong-un on the invitation list? If so, does that mean China recognizes Kim Jong-un as the successor? Second, what is the implication of Zhou Yongkang's visit to the future China-DPRK relations?
A: I've already answered your first question.
About the visit by Zhou Yongkang, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and secretary of Politics and Law Commission of the CPC Central Committee, you may have read relevant reports. During his visit, General Secretary Kim Jong-il of the DPRK Workers' Party and Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK had meetings and talks with him. During his meeting with General Secretary Kim Jong-il, Zhou Yongkang conveyed President Hu Jintao's invitation to General Secretary Kim Jong-il and the new DPRK leadership to visit China when it's convenient.
China and the DPRK enjoy the tradition of exchanges of high-level visits. It is not only good for our traditional friendship to move forward in the new era, but also conducive to regional peace and stability that the two countries have frequent exchange of views on bilateral relations and issues of common interest.
Q: Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force planned to have a stopover at Qingdao in mid-October, but China is said to have postponed it. Could you comment?
A: About military-to-military exchanges, please refer to the Ministry of National Defense.
Q: Yesterday, General Secretary Kim Jong-il extended invitation to President Hu Jintao to visit the DPRK, and President Hu Jintao also invited General Secretary Kim Jong-il and the new DPRK leadership to visit China. How big is the possibility for the exchange of high-level visits to take place within the year? If Kim Jong-un comes with his father, would that be his first or second time to China?
A: About your first question, China and the DPRK share profound traditional friendship. The two countries maintain the tradition of exchanges of high-level visits. We believe this is favorable for the development of China-DPRK relations and also conducive for peace and stability in Northeast Asia.
You second question is a hypothetical one.
Q: It's reported that President Obama recently wrote to the US Senate and House of Representatives, announcing to resume issuing export license for C-130 transport planes to China. How do you comment?
A: We have taken note of relevant reports. We hope the US side will continue to take measures to relax the export restrictions over high-tech products to China. This is in the interest of both sides.
Q: It's understood that DPRK's First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan is visiting China. Could you tell us the purpose of his visit?
A: China and the DPRK keep exchanges of visits on a regular basis. As for the specific visit you mentioned, I'll have to check.
Q: The Philippine Government has released the final report on the hostage case. How do you comment?
A: The Philippine side has sent a copy of the review report on the hostage case to the Chinese Embassy. We are now looking into it.
If there are no other questions, thank you, see you!