عربي Español Русский Français 简体中文

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on December 3, 2014

Q: The electoral committee of Namibia announced the presidential election result on December 1 with Hage Geingob, presidential candidate of the ruling South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO Party) being elected as the new president. What is China's comment and what are China's expectations for Sino-Namibian relations?

A: China sends congratulations to Namibia for successfully holding the presidential election, and to the SWAPO Party as well as President-elect Hage Geingob.

Namibia is an "all-weather" friend of China in Africa. The two countries have long been delivering support and trust to each other and carried out fruitful exchanges and cooperation covering various fields. The Chinese government pays great attention to developing relations with Namibia, and stands ready to work with the Namibian side to elevate the friendly and cooperative relationship between the two countries.

Q: Transparency International, headquartered in Berlin, issued the Corruption Perceptions Index 2014, saying that despite the remarkable efforts the Chinese government has made on anti-corruption, China's ranking falls according to the index. What is your comment on this?

A: China's resolve to fight corruption and its notable achievements in this regard are clear for all to see. Scores and ranking on China given by the Corruption Perceptions Index 2014 is in total contradiction with the remarkable progress China has registered in anti-corruption. The Chinese people would have a fair opinion on the visible achievements from China's anti-corruption campaign, and the Corruption Perceptions Index 2014 issued by Transparency International can not serve as a standard in this regard. As a fairly influential international organization, Transparency International should seriously examine the objectiveness and impartiality of its Corruption Perceptions Index.

Corruption crime is a tumor in human society that erodes social justice and development outcomes, and thus must be uprooted. Given the increasing number of cross-national corruption crimes, all countries should step up comprehensive international cooperation, judicial assistance and extradition in particular. This is the only way to ensure that the corrupted find nowhere to escape and illegal proceeds be returned to where they should be. We call on the international community to work with China, intensify judicial and law enforcement cooperation and jointly crack down on cross-national corruption crimes.

Q: Ukraine's Parliament approved the formation of a new government. Does China believe that this will give new impetus to the development of China-Ukraine relations?

A: China always views Ukraine as a strategic partner and good friend, and is poised to work together with the Ukrainian government, promote practical cooperation in various fields and press ahead with China-Ukraine relations.

Q: On December 2, House of Commons of the UK Parliament held a debate after an investigation group of the Foreign Affairs Committee was refused by China to enter Hong Kong. Some people from the British side believe that as a party to the Sino-British Joint Declaration, the UK still holds responsibility to Hong Kong. How does China respond to this?

A: Hong Kong has returned to China back in 1997, and is now a special administrative region of China. The 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration makes distinctions about rights and obligations of China and the UK in terms of China's resumption to exercise sovereignty over Hong Kong as well as relevant arrangements during the transitional period. The UK has no sovereignty, jurisdiction or right of supervision over Hong Kong, and there is no such thing as "moral obligation".

Individuals from the British side mislead the public and interfere in China's domestic affairs under the pretext of "moral obligation", which is unacceptable and doomed to failure.

Suggest to a friend
Print