Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on December 17, 2013.
Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:
At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Juan Evo Morales Ayma of the Multinational States of Bolivia will pay a state visit to China from December 19 to 21.
Q: First, the DPRK held a memorial service marking the second anniversary of the passing of former supreme leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang today. Has China sent anyone to attend the aforementioned activity? Second, the DPRK supreme leader Kim Jong Un has been in power for two years. What is China's comment on the current China-DPRK relations?
A: General Secretary Kim Jong Il has made important contribution to China-DPRK relations. To ensure the sound and steady growth of China-DPRK relations serves the fundamental interests of both peoples and helps maintain regional peace and stability. China will continue to promote the sound and steady growth of China-DPRK ties and make active efforts to uphold peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and this region.
To my knowledge, the Chinese Ambassador to the DPRK attended relevant memorial activity in Pyongyang together with diplomatic representatives from other countries.
Q: The Abe Cabinet today adopted a national security strategy, new defense program guidelines and a medium-term defense buildup plan. What is China's comment?
A: Japan's policies in the military and security fields, which concern its development direction and have a bearing on regional security environment, have been closely watched by its Asian neighbors and the international community. Given all the negative moves taken by Japan on historical issues, Asian countries and the international community, including China, cannot but pay high attention and stay on high alert. We urge the Japanese side to earnestly face up to and seriously reflect upon history, follow the trend of the times featuring peace, development and win-win cooperation, respect the just and reasonable security concerns of countries in this region and pursue the path of peaceful development. We also hope that Japan will not simply make verbal commitment to peace, rather, Japan should translate it into concrete actions and play a constructive role for regional peace and stability.
Q: The 24th Meeting of China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) will be held this week. What does China expect from this meeting?
A: We released relevant information days ago. As agreed by China and the US, the 24th China-US JCCT meeting will be held in Beijing on December 19 and 20. Vice Premier Wang Yang of the State Council will co-chair the meeting with US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and US Trade Representative Michael Froman.
JCCT is one of the earliest high-level dialogue mechanisms the Chinese and US governments set up in the business field. Over the past 30 years, it has played an irreplaceable and important role in expanding business cooperation and maintaining the stability of business relations between China and the US. China places high importance on this JCCT meeting. The two sides will have in-depth discussions on important business issues that each side concerns and explore ways to expand mutually beneficial cooperation, based on a review of the outcomes of the last JCCT meeting. China hopes that the US will take real actions to relax policies on export control over high-tech products to China, create a level playing field for Chinese companies investing in the US and strengthen cooperation on intellectual property rights protection, work with China to broaden the foundation for shared interests, enrich the new model of major-country relationship between China and the US and keep opening up new chapters for bilateral business cooperation.