Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on June 14, 2013.
Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement.
At the invitation of Vice President Li Yuanchao, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, First Vice President of the Council of State and First Vice President of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, will pay an official visit to China from June 17 to 19.
Q: The US intelligence community recently assessed that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on a small scale several times last year. The US would provide more support to the Syrian opposition. What is China's comment?
A: China's position on the issue of chemical weapons is consistent and clear-cut. We are firmly opposed to whosoever uses chemical weapons. China hopes that the UN working team investigating chemical weapons in Syria could launch an objective and fair investigation in compliance with relevant international laws and UN Security Council Resolutions.
China always believes that political resolution is the only practical way out for the Syrian issue. There are positive developments on the way to the political resolution of the Syrian issue, and the international community is preparing for a new international conference on the Syrian issue. We hope that relevant parties could seize the opportunity, meet each other halfway, work responsibly for a successful meeting so as to promote the political resolution of the issue, and avoid taking any action that could further militarize the Syrian crisis.
Q: Please brief us on Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang's upcoming visit to China next Wednesday. How does China assess its relations with Vietnam? What is China's expectation for the visit?
A: Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang would pay a state visit to China from June 19 to 21 at the invitation of President Xi Jinping.
During the visit, President Xi Jinping will hold talks with President Truong Tan Sang, and other Chinese leaders will meet with him respectively. The two sides will have an in-depth exchange of views over China-Vietnam relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest. President Truong Tan Sang will also visit Guangdong Province.
Relevant departments of the two countries are negotiating cooperation documents in political, defense, business and cultural fields.
China-Vietnam relations have been moving forward steadily. General Secretary Xi Jinping of the CPC Central Committee talked to General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong of the Communist Party of Vietnam over the phone last March and reached important agreement on cementing and developing China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership. The sixth meeting of China-Vietnam Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation held in China last May outlined the specific measures to promote mutually beneficial cooperation between the two sides in all fields.
We believe that a healthy and steady China-Vietnam relationship serves the interests of both sides who are important neighbours and cooperative partners and are at a critical juncture of reform and development. We hope to enhance political mutual trust, boost practical cooperation and strengthen communication and coordination with Vietnam in multilateral affairs through President Truong Tan Sang's visit so as to make fresh progress in China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership.
Q: It is reported that the US who accuses China of cyber attacks has intruded into Chinese networks for years. What is China's response?
A: China has repeatedly said that it is one of the major victims of cyber attacks and is firmly opposed to any hacker attack. We believe that what we need in cyber space are rules and cooperation rather than war or hegemony.
China takes seriously the issue of cyber security. The Chinese Foreign Ministry recently set up a cyber affairs office to coordinate diplomatic activities regarding cyber affairs. We will continue to engage in constructive dialogue and cooperation with relevant parties on cyber security. We maintain that relevant international rules should be formulated within the UN framework and have laid out specific proposals. We hope that relevant parties could take concrete actions to enhance mutual trust and cooperation so as to jointly uphold peace and security of the cyber space.
China will have in-depth communication with the US on relevant issue through the cyber working group within the framework of China-US Strategic Security Dialogue.
Q: There is an article saying that despite some problems in China-Africa cooperation as evidenced by Ghana's actions against illegal gold mining, their partnership is here to stay and will only grow on more equal terms. What is China's comment?
A: China-Africa relations are now on a fast track of development and a new starting point, thanks to the two sides' concerted efforts. It is their shared aspiration to advance China-Africa cooperation. China-Africa relations are not defined by what others say but are the result of solid efforts made by China and Africa based on sincere friendship, mutual respect, equality, mutual benefit and common development. The Chinese government always and will continue to take a sincere attitude in addressing specific problems in China-Africa cooperation.
Q: It is reported that Nicaragua recently granted a Chinese company the permit to build and operate a transoceanic canal. What is China's comment?
A: We have seen relevant report. China and Nicaragua have not established diplomatic relations. It is up to relevant Chinese company to participate in the canal project in Nicaragua.
Q: It is learnt that China and India would hold a new round of talks on the boundary question in the month. Please give us more details.
A: I have nothing about it at the moment. The Chinese and Indian governments have consensus on jointly maintaining peace and tranquility in the border areas. China is ready to make concerted efforts with India to this end.