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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on May 7, 2015

Q: A Philippine naval official said in a testimony to the Philippine Parliament that China is trying to set up an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea, and that a Philippine military aircraft has been warned of flying over Chinese-controlled islands. What is China's comment on that? Will China set up an ADIZ in the South China Sea?

A: China is entitled to set up ADIZs. A decision in this regard depends on whether the air safety is threatened and to what extent it is threatened. A whole range of factors should also be taken into account before establishing an ADIZ.

The situation in the South China Sea is stable in general, and China enjoys a sound relationship with ASEAN countries. We are exploring to promote mutually beneficial cooperation, and jointly safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea. Obviously, there are some other motives behind the deliberate hype of the so-called "ADIZ in the South China Sea".

Q: 187 historians from the US, Europe, Australia and some other countries and regions jointly signed a statement on May 6, expressing concerns about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's attitude on the history issue, and calling on the Japanese government to face up to its history of colonial rule and aggression. What is China's comment on that?

A: We have noted the relevant report. It is hoped that the Japanese side would pay heed to the righteous voice from the international community, reflect upon the history of aggression with sincerity, properly handle the history issue and take solid steps to win the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community.

Q: US State Department Spokesperson Jeff Rathke issued a statement on May 6, saying that the US remains deeply concerned about China's detention of Pu Zhiqiang which has lasted for one year, and reiterating their call on China to release him. What is China's comment on that?

A: It seems to me that some people in the US always want to play world police or judge, trying to reach as far as they can. As is known to all, the US is facing a lot of problems inside its own country. It is better for the US to give priority to and concentrate its efforts on domestic affairs.

China is a country under the rule of law. The judicial authorities of China handle the relevant case in accordance with the law. We call on the American side to discard the double standard, be discreet with words and deeds and stop meddling with China's judicial sovereignty and domestic affairs in any form.

Q: A New Zealand citizen accused of smuggling drugs went on trial in Guangzhou and could get death penalty. What is China's comment on that?

A: I need to get more information on the specific case. I want to point out that drug-related crimes cause grave harm to the society. The Chinese judicial authorities uphold justice and handle these cases in accordance with the law. The Chinese side exercises strict control over the death penalty and applies it with prudence.

Q: The ROK government recently voiced its opposition to Japan's move to list the "Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution" as UNESCO World Heritage, saying that these places are proofs of Tokyo's wartime practice of conscripting forced labour. Is China aware of that? Does China share the opposition of the ROK?

A: We have noted the relevant report. The world heritage application should live up to the principle of "building peace in the minds of men and women" as upheld by UNESCO and the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage with a respect for the common values of humanity. The colonial history must not be glorified.

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