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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 18, 2014

Q: The Armed Services Committee of the US Senate said that hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of US airlines, technology companies and other military contractors for information theft. What is China's comment?

A: The Chinese law bans all the activities that sabotage internet security, including hacker attacks, and resolutely combats relevant criminal activities. The Chinese government and military by no means support any hacking activities. Relevant accusation by the US is totally groundless and untenable.

The Chinese side urges the American side to stop irresponsible attacks and finger pointing against China, stop large scale and systematic cyber attacks against other countries and do more to uphold peace and security of the cyber space.

Q: Today marks the 83rd memorial day of the September 18 Incident. Commemorations were held in China. What is China's comment on that?

A: The Japanese militarism started its war of aggression against China on September 18 83 years ago. We commemorate this day, because we should keep the history and national humiliation in mind, carry forward the Chinese nation's great spirit of peace-loving and continuous self-renewal and do a better job in safeguarding world peace.

The war of aggression against other countries waged by the Japanese militarism in modern times brought untold sufferings to people of victimized Asian countries. We urge the Japanese side to develop a correct view of that part of history and properly deal with it, deliver on its solemn statement and commitment on historical issues, follow the path of peaceful development and win the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community with concrete actions.

Q: First, President Xi Jinping who is visiting India was given a public reception. Do you think it mirrors the significance of China-India relations? Second, do you think India will second and join China's proposal of building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and the Silk Road Economic Belt?

A: On your first question, President Xi Jinping has started his state visit to India. Yesterday, he was greeted with a warm reception at the hometown of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and had an in-depth exchange of views with Prime Minister Modi. Today, President Pranab Mukherjee held a grand welcome ceremony for President Xi in New Delhi, which was followed by the talks between President Xi and Prime Minister Modi. We wish the visit a full success which will elevate China-India strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity to a new high. As President Xi has pointed out in his article published by the Indian media, China-India relations have reached where they are today as a result of the following efforts: we have deepened mutual trust by strengthening strategic dialogue and enhancing political confidence; we have brought more benefits to each other by expanding the areas of cooperation and making the pie of common interests bigger; we have forged closer friendship by encouraging more people-to-people exchanges and cementing popular support for our bilateral relations; and we have treated each other with sincerity by respecting and accommodating each other's concerns and properly managing problems and differences. At such a crucial moment when China-India relations are at the new historical point, this visit is sure to open a new chapter for bilateral relations.

On your second question, last year, President Xi put forward the strategic thinking of building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road with neighbors, with the purpose of further deepening mutually beneficial cooperation, forging ahead common development and realizing common prosperity. The silk road in history has born witness to the much-told story of peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation between China and its neighbors. As we enter the new historical stage, we put cooperation with neighbors under the framework of silk road cooperation, in a bid to further enrich our long-lasting friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation and inject new impetus into it, achieve win-win outcomes on the path toward common development and deliver tangible benefits to our peoples. We hope that communication between the two sides on relevant issues during this visit can lead to important consensus.

Q: The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting will be inaugurated this week in Australia. Which Chinese officials will attend the meeting?

A: It is learned that Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor of the People's Bank of China and Finance Minister Lou Jiwei will attend the meeting.

Q: The Japanese media reported that the Japanese government is considering launching a new round of sanctions against Russia tomorrow. What is China's comment?

A: I answered a similar question yesterday. The Chinese side is of the view that the use or threat of sanctions at every turn will not solve the problem, but will only make it more complicated. Political settlement is the fundamental approach to resolve the Ukrainian issue.

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