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Assistant Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang Expounds on China's Stand on South China Sea, Cyber Security and Other Issues

2015/06/25

On June 24, 2015, Assistant Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang answered the questions from reporters on the outcomes of the seventh China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) at the US Department of State. Zheng Zeguang noted that this round of S&ED covers a wide range of topics. Both sides made extensive discussion on promoting the building of a new model of major-country relationship between China and the US, deepening bilateral practical cooperation, enhancing China-US interactions and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, controlling and managing differences in a constructive manner and other major issues. Both sides also exchanged views in a candid, in-depth and constructive way on relevant issues without ducking any differences.

With regard to the South China Sea Islands issue, Zheng Zeguang expressed that State Councilor Yang Jiechi has expounded on principled stance of the Chinese government in a comprehensive and in-depth manner. Yang Jiechi pointed out that China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and the adjacent waters. It is lawful, reasonable, justified and beyond reproach for China to carry out construction on some stationed islands and reefs of the Nansha Islands. Apart from some necessary facilities to satisfy the need of military defense, facilities including navigation and search and rescue equipment aiming to meet various civilian demands will be mainly constructed on the islands. Lighthouses on some islands will also be constructed. All of these are aiming to better fulfill China’s international obligations.

Zheng Zeguang stressed that there is no crisis on the South China Sea. China will continue adhering to peacefully resolving disputes by having talks and dialogues with parties directly concerned and promote the consultation on Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea on the basis of consensus by consultation with ASEAN countries while firmly safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as its maritime rights and interests. It is hoped that all parties concerned could take measures conducing to regional peace and stability, and avoid heightening the tension, and even inciting an escalation of disputes.

Zheng Zeguang said that State Councilor Yang Jiechi pointed out that the US is not a party concerned in the disputes over the South China Sea Islands, and the South China Sea issue is not an issue between China and the US. There is no problem with freedom and safety of navigation in the South China Sea in the past, at present and also in the future. As a major trading country, China is committed to and will continue working with all parties concerned to safeguard the freedom and safety of navigation in the world.

When answering questions related to cyber security, Zheng Zeguang said that the cyber security is an important issue concerned by both China and the US. Carrying out cooperation in cyber security between China and the US, both as major network nations, conduces to the interests of both sides. During the dialogue, State Councilor Yang Jiechi pointed out that the Chinese government and the personnel in its institutions never engage in any form of hacker attack and firmly oppose and combat all the forms of hacker attacks.

Zheng Zeguang stressed that the international community should set up a set of rules and norms to regulate the actions in virtual network space and promote mutually beneficial cooperation among all nations, to which China has put forward some initiatives to the US. The US also proposed some initiatives to China. Both sides agreed to further deeply discuss on these initiatives, and carry out exchanges, coordination and cooperation. China hopes that the US could actively participate in the discussion on the formulation of the international norms of network space within the framework of the UN and push forward the formulation of the international norms together with the international community including China, which will benefit all parties.

Zheng Zeguang said that during this round of S&ED, both sides enhanced understanding, boosted mutual trust and reduced doubts in the cyber security sector, laying a sound foundation for in-depth discussion on enhancing cooperation between both sides in the next stage.

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