Q: Edward Snowden, former contractor for the US National Security Agency, has reportedly left Hong Kong on today's flight to Moscow. The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has released a statement on that. What is China's comment?
A: We have noted relevant reports but are not aware of the specifics. We will continue to follow its development. Hong Kong is ruled by law. On the basis of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the principle of "one country, two systems", the central government always respects the HKSAR government's handling of affairs in accordance with law.
Q: As disclosed by the media, the US has hacked Chinese telecommunications companies and the Tsinghua University. How does China respond?
A: We are gravely concerned about the recently disclosed cyber attacks by relevant US government agencies against China. It shows once again that China falls victim to cyber attacks. We have made representations with the US.
I would like to reiterate that China is opposed to all forms of cyber attacks. We are ready to actively enhance dialogue and cooperation with the international community in the spirit of mutual respect, so as to jointly uphold peace and security of the cyber space.