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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on January 6, 2016

2016/01/06

I would like to start the press conference with a statement of the Foreign Ministry.

Today, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) conducted once again a nuclear test in disregard of widespread opposition from the international community. The Chinese government is firmly opposed to that.

To realize denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, prevent nuclear proliferation and safeguard peace and stability of Northeast Asia is China’s firm position. We strongly urge the DPRK side to honor its commitment to denuclearization and stop taking actions that worsen the situation.

Peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia serves the common interests of all parties. The Chinese side will press firmly ahead with denuclearization on the Peninsula and stay committed to resolving the Korean nuclear issue within the framework of the Six-Party Talks.

Q: First, had the DPRK informed the Chinese side before it carried out the nuclear test? Second, will the Chinese side consider imposing sanctions on the DPRK?

A: On your first question, the Chinese side knew nothing about the nuclear test beforehand.

On your second question, the Chinese side will continue to fulfill its due international obligations and work together with the international community to realize denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

Q: Has the Chinese side monitored the amount of radioactive substances in the river and air of the border area between China and the DPRK? If so, will the relevant data go public? What measures has the Chinese side taken?

A: The Chinese government prioritizes Chinese citizens’ safety. The competent authorities of China are checking on whether the nuclear test has had any influence on China and will take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of citizens within China.

To my knowledge, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection is conducting real-time monitoring and is going to launch emergency radiation monitoring in the border area. They will analyze and assess the data and make it public. The Environmental Protection Ministry’s real-time automatic monitoring on atmospheric radiation shows that the dose rate of gamma radiation is, within the range of local background, which means normal.

Q: China has made significant efforts to try to talk the DPRK out of nuclear tests. Apart from condemning today’s nuclear test, what specifically will China do?

A: The Chinese side holds a clear and firm position on the Korean nuclear issue, which is to realize denuclearization on the Peninsula, prevent nuclear proliferation and safeguard peace and stability of Northeast Asia. Peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia serves the common interests of all parties. The Chinese side will press firmly ahead with denuclearization on the Peninsula and stay committed to resolving the Korean nuclear issue within the framework of the Six-Party Talks.

Q: Can we expect to see anything other than words? Will there be any action on China’s part?

A: The Chinese side has been striving to promote denuclearization on the Peninsula both in words, policies and in actions. Denuclearization on the Peninsula as well as peace and stability of Northeast Asia serves the common interests of all parties and calls for their concerted efforts as well. The situation at the moment is testimony to the significance, urgency and necessity of restarting the Six-Party Talks and including the Korean nuclear issue under the framework of the talks. The Chinese side will work together with all relevant parties for the goal of realizing denuclearization on the Peninsula and stay committed to resolving the Korean nuclear issue within the framework of the Six-Party Talks.

Q: Can you tell whether it was a hydrogen bomb or an atomic bomb that the DPRK had tested?

A: We have noted the DPRK’s statement on the nuclear test. Experts from China will waste no time in making their assessment. China’s position of firmly opposing DPRK’s nuclear test is clear. We urge the DPRK to honor its commitment to denuclearization and stop taking actions that worsen the situation.

Q: After the nuclear test today, what will the future course of the Six-Party Talks be like?

A: It has been proven that the only realistic and effective approach is the Six-Party Talks. The Chinese side will continue to make efforts for the realization of denuclearization on the Peninsula and stay committed to addressing the Korean nuclear issue within the framework of the Six-Party Talks. We stand ready to make constructive efforts with all parties to that end.

Q: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on January 4 that all the chemical weapons declared by Syria had been destroyed. What is China’s comment?

A: The Chinese side welcomes and commends the complete destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, which is a successful try by the international community to resolve Syria’s chemical weapons crisis through peaceful means. It would not be possible without the concerted efforts by the Syrian government, the OPCW, the UN and all relevant parties of the international community.

The Chinese side always supports the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons and has made positive contributions to that end. China stands ready to work constructively with all parties to move forward the political settlement of the Syrian issue.

Q: First, it is reported that Indonesia and China are cooperating to stop religious extremists from illegally entering Indonesia. Why is that? Can you confirm whether or not Indonesian counter-terrorism officials have come to China to investigate relevant case? Second, do you have any comment on Taiwan and Japan holding consultations on the issue of comfort women?

A: On your first question, the Chinese side attaches great importance to safeguarding Chinese citizens’ rights and interests to legally enter and exit the country, and has enhanced cooperation on law enforcement with countries around the world including Indonesia to combat transnational crimes. We will work with countries concerned in the region to firmly crack down on illegal immigration and human smuggling that violate international conventions and law. As for Indonesian officials’ investigation in China, I have no relevant information at the moment.

On your second question, China’s position on the issue of comfort women is very clear. We believe that the Japanese side should properly deal with the relevant issue in an honest and responsible manner. Our position on Taiwan’s external contact is consistent.

Q: Has the Chinese side summoned the DPRK ambassador to China?

A: Of course we will lodge solemn representations with the DPRK side.

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