At the invitation of British Prime Minister David Cameron and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council will hold an annual meeting with the British Prime Minister in the UK and pay official visits to the UK and Greece from June 16 to 21.
Premier Li Keqiang's visit to the UK will be the first by the Chinese Premier over the past three years and the first by the leader of the new Chinese government, which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the establishment of China-UK comprehensive strategic partnership. It is of great significance to the increase of political mutual trust, the enhancement of practical cooperation and the sound and stable development of China-UK relations at a higher level. During his visit to the UK, Premier Li Keqiang will meet with Queen Elizabeth II, hold an annual meeting with his British counterpart David Cameron and meet with other British leaders. They will have in-depth discussions on developing China-UK relations.
Premier Li Keqiang will also pay his first visit to Greece to call on Prime Minister Samaras who visited China last year. During his visit, Premier Li will meet and hold talks respectively with Greek President, Prime Minister and Speaker of the Parliament. We believe that this visit will further cement the traditional friendship between China and Greece, deepen political mutual trust, expand practical cooperation across the board and push for greater progress in China-Greece and China-EU relations.
Q: What does China hope to achieve by submitting The Operation of the HYSY 981 Drilling Rig: Vietnam's Provocation and China's Position to the UN? Will China consider resorting to international arbitration or other means to resolve relevant disputes?
A: Yesterday, I have already addressed the question about China's consideration of releasing the position paper. China has repeatedly lodged solemn representations with the Vietnamese side, requesting them to stop all forms of disruptions and withdraw all the vessels and personnel from the site. However, instead of restraining itself, the Vietnamese side has gone even further by carrying out more disruptive and destructive activities at the site, spreading rumors around the world to vilify and hurt China unscrupulously and groundlessly and issuing notes that distort facts to international organizations including the UN. Given that, we must present the facts in front of the international community so as to set the record straight.
China has repeatedly expounded on its position, that is, we will not accept Vietnam's request for the so-called "international arbitration".
Q: A private US cyber security company released a report on Monday, accusing Chinese soldiers of conducting hacking operations against western countries to advance China's satellite and aerospace programs. The report also claimed to have evidence, including the email and blog of one hacker who identified himself as a soldier. How does China respond?
A: I have seen the report. The wording and form of the report look familiar to me.
To be frank, I really disapprove of the trick played by the US of accusing others of theft while he himself is the thief. As is known to all, large amounts of revelations by Edward Snowden have brought into daylight that the US government and relevant departments have long been engaged in large scale and organized cyber theft, wiretapping and supervision against political figures, enterprises and individuals of other countries, including China. They resort to every conceivable means to make their supervision all-pervasive. The US should stop playing victim, because he himself is the empire of hackers, as is known to people from around the world. Instead of reflecting on and behaving itself, the US is still making groundless accusation and launching verbal attacks at others. It is not constructive at all.
China has repeatedly expounded on its position on the issue of cyber security. Cyber attack, including hacking, is a global issue. It is transnational and anonymous, and thus calling for the enhancement of cooperation by the international community based on mutual respect and mutual trust. China came up with the initiative of an international code of conduct on information security as early as 2011, hoping to build a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyber space by enacting an international norm and code of conduct in this regard. We are ready to strengthen dialogue and cooperation with the international community and jointly crack down on hacker attacks and other cyber crimes.
Q: Why did China release a White Paper on the Practice of the "One Country, Two Systems" Policy in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region today?
A: The Information Office of the State Council today released a White Paper on the Practice of the "One Country, Two Systems" Policy in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, going into details on the practice and major achievements of the "One Country, Two Systems" policy in the HKSAR as well as efforts made by the Central Government to ensure the lasting prosperity and stability of the HKSAR.
I would refer you to the competent authorities of China for the specifics.
Q: Foreign Minister Wang Yi has just wrapped up his visit to India as the Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping, during which he had extensive interactions with the Indian side. What messages has he sent? What influence will these messages impose on the development of China-India relations?
A: The official visit paid by Foreign Minister Wang Yi as the Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping to India has drawn high attention. One important message conveyed through this visit is that China attaches great importance to growing ties with India. Interests shared by China and India far outweigh their disputes. The two countries are long-term strategic and cooperative partners, rather than rivals. The dreams of both China and India to build a strong nation and to improve people's livelihood have a lot in common. The two countries should work to find more converging points of their development strategies, support each other with their respective strengths and build a close partnership of development.
When meeting with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that if the 2.6 billion people of China and India join hands to pursue modernization in the 21st century, they are sure to create the grandest spectacle in the history of mankind. This is not only the common mission of China and India, but also the responsibility entrusted by the world. The two sides should give top priority to each other in their foreign strategies, take each other as opportunities for development, broaden common interests, realize the peaceful, cooperative and inclusive development of the two countries and ensure that friendship remains the mainstream of bilateral relations.
When meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China-India relationship is at a new historical starting point, embracing important opportunities for development. China is willing to discuss with India the idea of development so as to draw upon each other's experience in state governance. China is willing to compare notes with India on the strategy of development so as to synchronize India's "Look East" policy with China's acceleration of opening up to the west. China is willing to share with India the advantages of development, so as to complement each other and achieve common development. China is willing to cooperate with India as two major civilizations so as to make new contributions to the progress of mankind. China is willing to forge a synergy with India as two growth engines, so as to intensify their partnership of development and lay a solid foundation for the strategic cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity.
Indian leaders made positive remarks. President Mukherjee said that India and China are two countries enjoying time-honored civilization and long history of friendly exchanges. India is ready to press ahead with bilateral cooperation together with China so as to constantly inject new contents and fresh energy into India-China strategic partnership. Prime Minister Modi said that the important message from President Xi Jinping has charted the course for the development of bilateral relations. The new Indian government is committed to common development. Both sides should maintain high-level exchanges, cement strategic mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation, increase cultural and people-to-people exchanges and jointly safeguard peace and tranquility of the border areas.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit holds great significance to the advancement of China-India relations. We look forward to working hand in hand with India to bring China-India relations from strength to strength. We believe that a constantly enriched and high-level China-India relationship not only serves the interests of the two peoples but also contributes to peace, stability and development of the region and beyond.
Q: Please tell us about the consultation between top Six-Party Talks negotiators from China and the ROK.
A: Hwang Joon-kook, ROK Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs and head of the Six-Party Talks delegation, came to China today for consultations. He will meet with officials from China. China and the ROK will exchange views on the situation of the Korean Peninsula as well as the restart of the Six-Party Talks. We will release relevant information in a timely fashion.
Q: Has the Chinese government applied for the inclusion of relevant files and documents related to Japan's forced recruitment of the "comfort women" in the Memory of the World Register?
A: Memory of the World Register is an important initiative launched by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which collects manuscripts, rare documents reserved in libraries and achieves as well as records of oral history of worldwide significance.
China has been active in making applications to the Memory of the World Register and currently has 9 documents listed on the register. What China has submitted for application this time are authentic, rare and precious documents with historical significance, which meet the standard of application. By applying for the inclusion of precious historical documents related to the Nanjing Massacre and Japan's forced recruitment of the "comfort women" in the register, China is to memorize the history, treasure the peace, uphold the dignity of mankind and prevent behaviors against humanity, human rights and human being from happening again.
Q: Will China send any officials to the summit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of G77 to be held in Bolivia? What are China's expectations for this summit?
A: In mid-June, the summit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of G77 will be held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. China will send a high-level delegation for this summit, and relevant information will be given in due course.
G77 is an important mechanism to foster solidarity and collaboration among developing countries. It plays an irreplaceable role in international affairs. China supports G77 in enhancing unity and increasing the influence of developing countries in international affairs. Taking this summit as an opportunity, China looks forward to working with G77 members to sum up achievements and experience in the course of cooperation over the past half a century, deepen cooperation and safeguard the common interests shared by developing countries.