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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on October 16, 2014

2014/10/16

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President of the United Republic of Tanzania Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete will pay a state visit to China from October 21 to 26.

During President Kikwete's visit to China, President Xi Jinping will hold talks with him. Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman Zhang Dejiang will meet with him respectively. President Kikwete will also attend the reception for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of China-Tanzania diplomatic relations and meet with Vice President Li Yuanchao.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of China-Tanzania diplomatic ties. The Chinese side is ready to take the opportunity to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with the Tanzanian side in various fields, so as to take China-Tanzania friendly and cooperative relations to a new high.

Q: When answering a question in Parliament about Hong Kong, British Prime Minister David Cameron reportedly said that it is important that democracy involves real choices, the UK-China Joint Declaration talks about rights and freedoms, and the UK should stand up for the freedoms of people in Hong Kong guaranteed through the Declaration. What is China's comment on that?

A: Since the return of Hong Kong, the basic rights and freedoms of Hong Kong citizens have been fully guaranteed in accordance with the Basic Law. As long as the constitutional reform in Hong Kong follows the Basic Law and the decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, democracy and constitutional development in Hong Kong can make historic progress. Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, and the affairs of Hong Kong fall totally within China's domestic affairs. No foreign governments nor individuals have the right to make irresponsible remarks.

Q: The Spokesperson of US State Department said yesterday that the US encourages Hong Kong authorities to carry out a swift, transparent and complete investigation into the incident of Hong Kong police beating a protester. How does China respond?

A: Some people in Hong Kong illegally block the main thoroughfares, resist the police's enforcement of law and put Hong Kong's social order in jeopardy. These are absolutely illegal activities that can be tolerated by no society governed by the rule of law. The central government firmly supports the Hong Kong SAR government in handling these in accordance with law.

I want to point out that no foreign governments have the right to undertake any forms of interference in Hong Kong affairs.

Q: Regulations of the People's Republic of China on News Coverage by Permanent Offices of Foreign Media Organizations and Foreign Journalists prescribe that "international exchanges and dissemination of information" should be promoted. Is the blocking of BBC English websites in China in line with the stated aim?

A: The Chinese government administers the Internet in accordance with law.

Q: First, please give us more details about State Councillor Yang Jiechi's visit to the US. Who will he meet and what is on the agenda? Second, the EU said that during EU leaders' meeting with Premier Li Keqiang, both China and the EU have agreed to increase cooperation to fight terrorism. How does China plan to cooperate with the EU?

A: On your first question, we have released relevant information the other day. During his visit, State Councillor Yang Jiechi will have in-depth discussions with the American side on China-US relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest. Specifics will be given in due course.

On your second question, Premier Li Keqiang met with President Herman Van Rompuy of the European Council and President Jose Manuel Barroso of the European Commission during his stay in Italy. Both sides have agreed to further advance China-EU relations and take next year's 40th anniversary of the establishment of China-EU diplomatic relations as an opportunity to elevate China-EU partnership for peace, growth, reform and progress of civilization to a new high.

We have repeatedly expounded on China's position on tackling the threat of international terrorism. Last month, at the UN Security Council Summit on Terrorism, the Chinese side and other participants to the Summit voted in favor of and adopted the resolution. China stands ready to fight against all forms of terrorism together with the international community. The Chinese side always maintains that all countries should uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter in the counter-terrorism campaign where the UN and its Security Council have to play the leading and coordinating role.

Q: It is learned that China, Japan and the ROK will soon hold a trilateral cyber dialogue. Please give us more information.

A: The consultation mechanism on cyber security affairs was established by China, Japan and the ROK this year, with the aim of building up mutual trust and cooperation among the three countries in the field of cyber security. The first meeting of the mechanism will be held in Beijing on October 21. The three countries will compare notes on their cyber policies, talk about the formulation of international rules governing cyber space and other hot international topics.

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