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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on October 10, 2014

2014/10/10

 

Q: The European Commission has approved UK's Hinkley Point nuclear power station programme jointly invested by France's EDF Energy and China's nuclear companies. What is China's comment on that ?

A: We welcome the decision made by the European Commission. China supports relevant companies in undertaking trilateral cooperation in the field of nuclear energy on the basis of mutual benefit and win-win results, which we believe will bring more substance to the practical cooperation between China and the UK as well as between China and France.

Q: This morning, the captain of a Chinese fishing vessel was reported to be shot in a ROK coastguard operation which was met with resistance from the Chinese fishermen in the ROK's Exclusive Economic Zone. Though the ROK side immediately rushed the captain to hospital, he still died from the gunshot. Can you confirm that? Has China lodged representations with the ROK side?

A: On October 10, during a ROK coastguard operation, ROK coastguard officers shot at the fishermen of Chinese Lurongyu 50987 fishing vessel, causing the death of the captain Song Houmu. The Chinese side is deeply shocked by and strongly dissatisfied with such violent law enforcement behavior. We urge the ROK side to earnestly and thoroughly investigate the incident at once, bring whoever is accountable to justice, and inform the Chinese side timely of the results of its investigation.

Upon learning the incident, Chinese embassies and consulates in the ROK immediately lodged representations with the ROK side, and sent officials to the scene to get first-hand information. Leading officials of the Department of Consular Affairs of China's Foreign Ministry have lodged solemn representations with the ROK embassy in China. The Foreign Ministry and Chinese embassies and consulates in the ROK will continue to follow the incident closely and urge the ROK side to handle the aftermath in a serious, earnest and proper way.

Q: The hacking group "Anonymous" threatened to launch an attack on the websites of Chinese government, and disclose several hundred emails of Chinese officials as a way of showing its support for the "Occupy Central" movement in Hong Kong. Is China aware of this? What steps will China take to protect its websites from hacker attack?

A: If what you said is true, it shows that the Chinese government is the victim of cyber hacking. China consistently opposes and resolutely combats all forms of cyber-hacking activities, and condemns the actions of relevant organization.

As for the current situation in Hong Kong, our position is very clear. "Occupy Central" movement is a completely illegal activity. The central government of China resolutely opposes all kinds of illegal activities that undermine the rule of law and social order in Hong Kong, and firmly believes that Hong Kong SAR government will handle the matter in accordance with the law.

Q: Will the death of the Chinese fishing boat captain derail China-ROK relations?

A: I have made our position clear. We will continue to follow the incident closely, and urge the ROK side to handle the aftermath in a serious, earnest and proper way.

Q: A China-related report published by the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China attacked China's human rights and rule of law record. The report also focused on Hong Kong's constitutional reform. What is China's comment on that?

A: The report published by this commission twisted facts and showed prejudice towards China's internal affairs, to which we are resolutely opposed. We urge this commission to stop this kind of erroneous words and actions that disrupt and sabotage China-US relations.

I would like to stress that Hong Kong is China's Special Administrative Region. Hong Kong affairs are purely China's domestic affairs. No foreign government, institution or person has right to interfere.

Q: The report published by the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China said that the US should focus on the democratic development in Hong Kong, and suggested that the US government should intensify its interaction with Hong Kong and send senior officials to visit Hong Kong. What is China's response to that?

A: As I just pointed out, " Occupy Central" is an illegal activity. The central government of China resolutely opposes all kinds of illegal activities that undermine the rule of law and social order in Hong Kong, and firmly believes that Hong Kong SAR government will handle the matter in accordance with the law.

Hong Kong is China's Special Administrative Region. Hong Kong affairs are purely China's domestic affairs. No foreign government, institution or person has right to interfere. They should be prudent with their words and deeds, avoid getting involved in Hong Kong's internal affairs, refrain from supporting illegal activities like the " Occupy Central" movement, and not send any wrong message.

Q: Canadian media reported that Canadian citizens Kevin Garratt and his wife who were arrested for espionage may be released soon. Can China confirm that?

A: Relevant case is under investigation.

Q: There have been a lot of speculations about the DPRK's Supreme Leader's health condition. Is China in communication with the DPRK on this issue?

A: The condition of the DPRK' leader is its internal affair. China and the DPRK maintain friendly exchanges at various levels.

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