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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on March 3, 2015

2015/03/03

Q: When taking an interview, US President Obama said that he was concerned about information security mentioned in China's draft counter-terrorism law, and asked China to adjust relevant contents. What is China's response?

A: As an important step to govern the country according to law, China formulates the anti-terrorism law in order to prevent and combat terrorism as is required by the Chinese government. Contents in this draft law echo the international situation of combating terrorism and meet the actual demands of domestic counter-terrorism campaign. They are proposed by learning from legislative experiences and practices of other countries. The legislation is China's domestic affair, and we hope the US side can take a right, sober and objective view towards it.

On the information security issue, there is media revelation that certain country embedded spying software in the computer system of other country's SIM card maker for surveillance activities. This is only one out of the recently disclosed cases. All countries are paying close attention to this and taking measures to safeguard their own information security, an act that is beyond any reproach.

I'd like to point out that the Chinese side firmly opposes cyber surveillance using information technology advantages or exploiting the convenience of providing information technology products, and consistently supports and promotes the formulation of international rules in the cyber space under the framework of the UN. Given the frequent incidents in the cyber space, it is especially important to set up a uniform code of conduct for all parties. Back to September 2011, China submitted a draft proposal of the International Code of Conduct for Information Security to the UN General Assembly together with relevant countries. In a bid to maintain peace and stability of the cyber space, China submitted an updated version this January with more emphasis on the fair governance of the Internet and the building of confidence measures in the cyber space based on the principles of respecting the sovereignty of other countries, not interfering in other's domestic affairs and peacefully resolving the disputes. We hope that the US side can contribute constructively to relevant discussions, forge an international consensus as soon as possible and set up a cyber space that is peaceful, secure, open and cooperative.

Q: China yesterday said that leaders from major participating countries in the Second World War, Asian countries and other regions would be invited to attend the 70th anniversary commemorations marking the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression. Has China sent out invitations to leaders of countries such as Japan, Italy, Germany, France and the US?

A: China will send out invitations to leaders of all countries and international organizations related to the commemorations. The invitation work is still underway, and relevant information will be released in due course.

Q: The Vietnamese side has protested against China's construction activities in the Nansha Islands. What is China's response to this?

A: China holds a clear and consistent stance on the South China Sea issue. China's normal construction activities on our own islands and in our own waters are lawful, reasonable and justifiable. We hope that relevant party can take a calm view on this.

Q: Tajikistan held a lower house election on March 1. Does China have any comment on this?

A: China congratulates Tajikistan on the smoothing running of its parliamentary election. At the invitation of the central election commission of Tajikistan, the Chinese side sent a delegation to observe the election. The Chinese delegation highly commends the election which they believe is democratic, open and transparent featuring openness and inclusiveness of the political process of Tajikistan. As a friendly neighbor and strategic partner, China sincerely wishes for better achievements of the Tajikistani people in their pursuit of national development.

Q:On the commemorations for the 70th anniversary marking the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, there is media speculation that by holding the military parade, China aims to showcase its power or "flex muscles". What is your take on this?

A: In reference to the common practice of other countries, we hold the military parade as an important part of the 70th anniversary commemorations, with the aim to display the resolve and capability of the people of China and the world to defend world peace rather than "flex muscles".

Q: China assumed the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council in February. How does China comment on the work done during this presidency?

A: China held the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council in February. Given the complicated international situation and the heavy schedule of the Security Council, China took a proactive, pioneering and innovative attitude in deliberating on major international and regional hot-spot issues related to Syria, the Middle East, Iraq, Ukraine and South Sudan based on principles of objectiveness, fairness, high efficiency, pragmatism, transparency and openness. We offered Chinese idea and wisdom and contributed constructively to promoting the role of the Security Council in maintaining international peace and security. All these were greeted with warm applause from the member states.

On February 23, Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a trip to New York and chaired the Security Council open debate on maintaining international peace and security by learning from history and reaffirming strong commitment to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, which was fully supported and well received by the international community. The debate proves that in light of the volatile international situation, the purposes and principles of the UN Charter still burst with vitality. It is in the shared interests of all parties to commit to the spirit of the UN Charter, give fresh meanings to the Charter and cement the collective security system built by the Charter. China's ideas of building a new model of international relations with win-win cooperation at its core resonate with myriad countries. This open debate kicks off the 70th anniversary celebrating the founding of the UN and the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War. China calls on all parties to contribute positively to jointly summarizing the history and looking forward to the future.

As a permanent member of the Security Council, China will play an active role and get deeply involved in the Security Council and make greater contributions to safeguarding world peace and security.

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