|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on May 11, 2015|
At the invitation of President Dilma Rousseff of the Federative Republic of Brazil, President Juan Manuel Santos of the Republic of Colombia, President Ollanta Humala Tasso of the Republic of Peru and President Michelle Bachelet of the Republic of Chile, Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council will pay official visits to the aforementioned four countries from May 18 to 26.
Q: The result of British general election came out on May 8, showing that the Conservative Party has won an outright majority in the British Parliament and will remain in power. What is China's comment on the result? How does China view the prospect of China-UK relations?
A: Premier Li Keqiang has sent a message of congratulations to Prime Minister David Cameron on May 8, congratulating him on being re-elected. Both China and the UK are countries of great influence. The intensified friendly cooperation between China and the UK serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples, and contributes to world stability and prosperity. The Chinese side is ready to work with the new British government to further deepen exchanges and cooperation in various fields and move steadily forward the China-UK comprehensive strategic partnership.
Q: In response to the recent refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, the EU hopes that the UN can pass a resolution which will allow the use of military force to destroy the boats used by migrant smugglers. Will China support such a resolution?
A: The Chinese side supports efforts by the international community to combat transnational organized crimes, including issues such as illegal immigration. A holistic measure should be adopted to address both the symptoms and root causes of these issues. That means not only the illegal immigration issue, the development problems faced by the impoverished countries should also be resolved. The Chinese side will listen to the specific concerns of relevant parties.
Q: The DPRK said that it has successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile. What is China's comment on that?
A: We have noted the relevant report. The current situation on the Korean Peninsula is complex and sensitive. It is hoped that all relevant parties will do more to ease the tension and jointly uphold peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.
Q: A spokesman of the Houthis was quoted as saying on May 10 that they would accept a five-day humanitarian cease-fire starting from May 12 offered by the Saudi-led coalition . What is China's comment on that?
A: The Chinese side expresses deep concerns about the current humanitarian situation in Yemen, welcomes the humanitarian cease-fire decision made by relevant parties and hopes this will help relax the situation in Yemen as soon as possible. The Chinese side calls on all parties concerned to implement relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and initiatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council with concrete efforts, resolve differences through political dialogues and restore stability and legal order to Yemen at an early date.
Q: It is reported that the Chinese side is negotiating with Djibouti about building a military base there. Can you confirm that? Would Djibouti be the first country in the world where China establishes an overseas military base? If that is the case, don't you think that will feed into the fears about the so-called "China threat"?
A: We have noted the relevant report. China and Djibouti enjoy traditional friendship. Friendly cooperation between the two sides has achieved constant growth over recent years, with practical cooperation carried out in various fields. What needs to be pointed out is that regional peace and stability serves the interests of all countries and meets the aspirations shared by China, Djibouti and other countries around the world. The Chinese side is ready and obliged to make more contributions to that end.
Q: The US Department of Defense issued a report of Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2015, which mentions the South China Sea issue. What is your response?
A: We have given a systemic and all-round elaboration on China's position concerning the South China Sea issue on multiple occasions. You mentioned that the report of Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2015 issued by the US Department of Defense talked about the South China Sea issue. What the report reveals as a whole is a cold-war mentality, and a biased viewpoint on the justified and lawful national defense development by other countries. It is a question about whether a zero-sum mentality or a win-win approach should be adopted to view relations with other countries.
The US report makes willful speculations and comments on China's military growth in defiance of the facts. By hyping up "China's military threat and the lack of transparency in military strength", the report questions China's normal defense building and strategic intention,and makes inappropriate remarks on China's justified actions of safeguarding territorial sovereignty and security interests in the South China Sea. The Chinese side has lodged representations with the US side, voicing strong opposition to this.
China unswervingly follows the path of peaceful development and a national defense policy that is defensive in nature, and remains a staunch force in maintaining peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific and the world. China's national defense building, a right China is entitled to as a sovereign state, is for the sole purpose of safeguarding national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is hoped that the American side would abandon the cold-war mentality, view China's military development with objectiveness and reason instead of prejudices, stop issuing such kind of report or doing and saying anything that jeopardizes bilateral relations and military-to-military mutual trust, and make tangible moves to ensure the sound and steady development of state-to-state and military-to-military relations between China and the US.