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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on February 27, 2015

2015/02/27

Q: Director of the US National Intelligence James Clapper said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that China is stationing ships and conducting land reclamation activities in the South China Sea, and the US is concerned with relevant activities. What is China' response to that?

A: China's position on the South China Sea issue is clear and consistent, and we have been acting in a restrained and responsible way. What China has been doing on its own islands and reefs and in its own waters is lawful, justifiable and reasonable, and other countries have no right to make unfounded accusations. We hope the US side can honor its commitments, mind what it says and does, and act in a way that is conducive to the development of China-US relations and regional peace and stability.

Q: A delegation of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) ministerial contact group on Palestine and Jerusalem is in China for a visit from February 27 and 28. Who are the delegation members? What is their itinerary? What is China's expectation for this visit?

A: A delegation of Organization of Islamic Cooperation ministerial contact group on Palestine and Jerusalem led by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is in China for a visit from February 27 to 28. The members include OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki, Foreign Minister of Guinea Lounceny Fall and representative of Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov of Azerbaijan. Vice President Li Yuanchao will meet the delegation on February 28. Foreign Minister Wang Yi will hold talks with them today.

China attaches great importance to the Palestinian issue, stands firmly with the Palestinian people in their just cause, and supports Palestine in integrating further into the international community as a state. During the visit, both sides will have an in-depth exchange of views on seeking a comprehensive and just solution to the Palestinian issue at an early date.

Q: The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued the 36th Six-Monthly Report on Hong Kong on February 26. What is China's comment?

A: Since the return of Hong Kong, "one country, two systems" has been proved to be a great success, and is recognized by the world. The Central Government of China will continue to implement the "one country, two systems" policy and the Basic Law, resolutely support Hong Kong's democratic development in accordance with the law, and safeguard Hong Kong's long-term prosperity and stability.

I would like to stress again that the Central Government of China resumed its sovereignty over Hong Kong on July 1, 1997. Since then, Hong Kong has been a special administrative region of China. The so-called "responsibility" that the British side claimed to have over Hong Kong simply does not exist. Hong Kong affairs are completely China's domestic affairs. No foreign country has any right to interfere.

Q: As an important part of the "Belt and Road" initiative, China will sign some cooperation agreements with Kazakhstan, Pakistan and others next month. Can you confirm that?

A: China is discussing with relevant neighbors on moving forward project cooperation under the Silk Road Economic Belt and Maritime Silk Road of the 21 Century. China's initiative has been well received by many countries. Neighboring countries are playing an active part in it. The "Belt and Road" initiative has marked some positive progress. We hope that on the basis of consultation, joint undertaking and sharing, the cooperation we have with our neighboring countries can deepen our mutually beneficial relations and lead us to common development.

Q: Turkey is pressing ahead with talks with U.S. and European firms over the purchase of their missile defense system. Officials from Turkey's defense ministry said that Turkey is now reviewing the possibility of buying China's missile defense system. What is China's response?

A: The discussions and negotiations between China and Turkey are normal business exchanges. We believe the Turkish side will make decisions to suit their best interests.

Q: Reports say that Taiwan has heightened its security alert due to the security threat suspectedly released by the Islamic State on the internet. What is your comment on that?

A: The threat to world peace and security posed by international terrorism is spreading lately. China firmly opposes all forms of terrorism and is willing to cooperate with the international community on counter-terrorism.

Q: According to its annual worldwide threats assessment released by the Office of the Director of the US National Intelligence, cyber threats to US national and economic security are increasing. Russia, China, Iran and the DPRK are the top nation states launching cyber attacks. What is China's response to that?

A: Recent years have seen the disclosure of large-scale cyber surveillance the US launched on other countries. As to where the cyber space threats are emanating from, the international community can reach a fair decision.

China's position on opposing hacking attack and other cyber threats is consistent, clear and serious. Hacking is a global issue that needs to be tackled jointly by the international community. Peace, security, openness and cooperation of the cyber space needs to be maintained with collective efforts.

China is a staunch guardian of cyber space peace and stability, as well as an advocate for formulating order and rules in cyber space. This January, China and other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization submitted a draft of International Code of Conduct for Information Security to the United Nations, offering opinions on preserving cyber space security. If some country really cares about cyber security, it should contribute constructively to the discussion on international rules and seek common security of the international community.

Q: Prince William will arrive in China next week. Can you give us more details?

A: China welcomes Duke of Cambridge Prince William's visit to China. We hope that through the Duke of Cambridge's visit, the royal family and other sectors in Britain can know China better, the friendship between the two peoples can be deepened, and bilateral relations between China and the UK can be elevated. More details will be released in due course.

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