On the afternoon of June 2, 2011, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a regular press conference.
Q: DPRK National Defence Commission reportedly released in detail the closed-door contact between the DPRK and the ROK and declared the suspension of inter-Korean dialogue. What is China's comment?
A: China always upholds and promotes dialogue and contact between all relevant parties as well as peaceful resolutions of Korean Peninsula issues. We hope the DPRK and the ROK reconcile and cooperate with each other so as to improve relations and appropriately address their repective concerns through dialogue and consultation, in a bid to jointly safeguard peace and stability of the Peninsula.
Q: Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan pledged this morning that he would resign when the post-disaster reconstruction was well underway and the nuclear leakage under control. House of Representatives of the Japanese Diet vetoed the no-confidence motion against the cabinet this afternoon. Will the situation exert any impact on China-Japan relations?
A: We have noted relevant report. This is the internal affair of Japan. China stands ready to work along with Japan to promote the sound and steady progress of China-Japan strategic relationship of mutual benefit.
Q: Google Inc made the statement yesterday that hackers originating from Jinan, China tried to hack into the Gmail accounts of some U.S. government officials and foreign journalists through "phishing". How do you comment?
A: The Chinese Government attaches great importance to cyber security and administrates the Internet in accordance with law. We require the netizens to abide by relevant laws and regulations when using the Internet and computer networks. The Chinese Government staunchly opposes and fights in accordance with law any criminal activity including hacking that may cause damage to the Internet and computer networks.
Hacker attack is an international issue, to which China also falls victim. The allegation that China is behind the hacker attack is a complete fabrication out of ulterior motives.
Q: Pohamba, the rotating President of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and President of the Republic of Namibia will pay a visit to China. Would you please brief us on the agenda and China's expectation of this visit? Separately, what kind of cooperation has been conducted between China and the SADC in recent years?
A: From June 3 to 5, rotating President of the SADC and President of the Republic of Namibia Pohamba will pay a visit to China. President Pohamba is the first African leader who visits China under the capacity of the rotating President of the SADC. During his visit, he will pay an official call on Chinese leaders, exchange views with them on China-SADC cooperation, China-Namibia ties as well as other issues of common interest and attend the China-SADC trade and economic forum. We believe this visit will give a boost to China-SADC as well as China-Namibia friendly relations and push forward bilateral practical cooperation.
China has maintained sound cooperative relations with the SADC. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a good friend of Africa, China is actively engaged in the settlement of hotspot issues in Southern Africa. China has sent, for many times, delegations to attend the SADC ministerial consultations, invited the SADC to attend ministerial meetings of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation as an observer as well as officials of the SADC secretariat to attend various training programs in China. The total China-SADC trade volume in 2010 topped $ 61.5 billion, representing a year-on-year growth of 55%.
China-SADC friendly and cooperative relationship is an important part of the new type of China-Africa strategic partnership. China will take President Pohamba's visit as an opportunity to enhance consultation and dialogue with the SADC, promote business exchanges, expand practical cooperation and further deepen and develop bilateral friendly and cooperative relations.
Q: It is reported that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently appointed UN Assistant Secretary-General Khare as the leader of the Change Management Team to be in charge of the internal institutional reform of the UN. What is China's comment on the nomination?
A: China has noted relevant report. We appreciate and support Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's efforts of internal institutional building of the UN. China will continue to support the UN enhancing its efficiency and authority through reform and self-improvement so as to play a bigger role in international affairs.
Q:When will French Finance Minister Lagarde visit China? What is China's position on the candidacy for IMF chief?
A: French Minister of Economic Affairs, Finance and Industry recently raised her plan to visit China in early June. The People's Bank of China is the competent authority.
The selection of IMF managing director, deputy managing director and other management staff is part of governance restructuring of international financial institutions. Based upon consensus of G20 leaders, the selection of management staff of international financial institutions including the IMF should follow the principle of openness, transparency and merit and the representativeness of emerging markets should be increased to reflect the changes in the world economic architecture.
China has noted that relevant countries nominated some candidates for IMF chief. We hope the parties will come to a decision through democratic consultation on the basis of the above principles.
Q: US Defense Secretary Gates said today that the US would not try to hold China down. How do you comment on that? Secretary Gates will meet with Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie on the margins of the Shangri-La Dialogue. What do you expect from the meeting?
A: During President Hu Jintao's successful visit to the US this January, both sides announced their commitment to building a cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit. China and the US, as the largest developing country and developed country in the world, shoulder common responsibility of safeguarding world peace, development and stability. We stand ready to join hands with the US to strengthen dialogue, deepen strategic mutual trust and expand pragmatic cooperation in a bid to further advance China-US relations. Meanwhile, China and the US also share major common interests in the Asia-Pacific region, which requires the two to boost cooperation and endeavor to build a more stable, peaceful and prosperous Asia-Pacific in the 21st century.
Q: It is reported that China is planning to install deep-water oil rig in the South China Sea for oil and gas exploration, which has invited protests from the Philippines. What's your response?
A: I am not aware of the specific information. I would like to stress that the economic activities conducted by Chinese enterprises in waters under Chinese jurisdiction are completely normal.
Q: Germany has decided to shut down all nuclear power plants in light of the Fukushima leakage incident. Is China considering similar steps?
A: After the leakage incident of the Fukushima power plant, the Chinese Government attaches great importance and Premier Wen Jiabao presided over an executive meeting of the State Council, highlighting the significance and urgency of nuclear safety which is the top priority in developing nuclear power. We have briefed you on the decisions made during the meeting. First, to immediately launch a comprehensive security inspection of nuclear facilities in China. Second, to intensify security management of the operating nuclear facilities. Third, to carry out overall reviews of the nuclear power plants under construction. Fourth, to strictly examine and approve new nuclear power projects. Competent authorities in China will speed up the formulation of nuclear safety plan, adjust and improve medium and long-term nuclear power development plans. China hopes that the international community will enhance cooperation in nuclear safety.