Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on May 15, 2014.
Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:
At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of the French Republic, will pay a working visit to China from May 16 to 19.
Q: In recent days, there are several violent incidents against foreign enterprises and workers in Vietnam. What is Chin's comment on that?
A: We are shocked at and seriously concerned about relevant incidents. Now Chinese officials from the embassy in Vietnam are racing against the time to reach the scene which is located in very remote areas and verify relevant reports. Leading officials of the Chinese Foreign Ministry have summoned the Vietnamese ambassador to China to lodge solemn representations and demanded the Vietnamese side to take all necessary and effective measures possible to protect the safety of Chinese citizens and the property of Chinese enterprises and organizations in Vietnam.
It is worth pointing out that the Vietnamese side has an inescapable responsibility for the beating, smashing, looting and burning targeted at China and other countries.
We have learned that enterprises from Hong Kong SAR, Taiwan China, Singapore and ROK have also sustained damages and threats to various degrees. That also points to the graveness of the current situation. Again, we urge the Vietnamese side to immediately take all necessary and effective measures possible to protect the safety of foreign citizens and enterprises in Vietnam, including those from China, and provide a decent working environment for foreign enterprises doing normal business there.
Q: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced on May 13 that he had to accept the resignation of United Nations and Arab League special envoy to Syria, Lakdar Brahimi, whose term would come to an end on May 31. What is China's comment? How do you evaluate the work of Brahimi?
A: Mr. Brahimi has been committed to pushing for the political settlement of the Syrian issue and actively carrying out mediation. We are deeply appreciated to the constructive role he has been playing, and we have been supporting and coordinating with his mediation efforts through concrete actions.
Political settlement is the only right way to defuse the Syrian crisis. No matter what happens, political settlement should remain unshaken as the general principle. What is imperative now is to push for the Syrian government and opposition to immediately realize ceasefire, stop the violence and resume dialogue and negotiation. China calls on relevant parties in the international community to make continuous efforts to this end. We wish for the appointment of a new special envoy as soon as possible and press ahead with the political settlement of the Syrian issue.
Q: According to Kyodo news, a government-appointed panel submitted a report to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on lifting the ban on exercising collective self-defense. Abe will hold a press conference clarifying the necessity of doing this. Abe stressed that no country can maintain peace and stability by its own force, and cooperation with ally countries and UN measures on safeguarding collective security have become increasingly important. What is China's comment?
A: Due to historical reasons, Japan's policy changes in military and security fields bear on Japan's national development and regional security environment as well, thus attracting much attention from its Asian neighbors and the international community. Since the Abe government came into power, a series of unprecedented measures have been taken in military and security fields. Given the various negative trends on historical issues that have been popping up in Japan, Asian countries including China and the international community have every reason to be highly vigilant on Japan's true intentions and relevant moves. We urge the Japanese side to earnestly face up to and reflect upon its history, respect the legitimate and reasonable security concerns of regional countries, pursue a peaceful development path and play a constructive role in maintaining regional peace and stability.
Q: The Philippine side has released some photos showing China's construction work in the Chigua Reef in the South China Sea. Can you confirm that?
A: China has indisputable sovereignty over Nansha Islands including Chigua Reef and the contiguous waters. Whatever construction China carries out in the Chigua Reef is completely within China's sovereignty.
Q: Will the two heads of state of China and Russia attend the joint naval drill?
A: The spokesperson for the Chinese Navy has released relevant information. I have nothing to offer on your question.
Q: It is reported that there is illegal logging in the Republic of Guinea- Bissau and most of its timber has been exported to China. Has China taken any actions to ensure timber import through legal channels?
A: I'd like to point you to department in charge. As a principle, I'd like to say that we firmly oppose and crack down on illegal logging and relevant trade behaviors, and stick to the management and cooperation strategy on forest resources that is mutually beneficial and sustainable. We are willing to join hands with the international community and make positive contributions to promoting sustainable forestry business, protecting normal trade in forest products and strengthening protection of global forest resources.