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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on October 19, 2015

2015-10-19

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, King Willem-Alexander of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will pay a state visit to China from October 25 to 29.

Q: During the annual autumn festival at the Yasukuni Shrine, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a "masakaki" ceremonial tree to the shrine. Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi and Justice Minister Mitsuhide Iwakia were among those visiting the shrine. What is China's comment?

A: The Yasukuni Shrine worships Class-A war World War II criminals who bore direct responsibility to the war of aggression. We consistently and firmly oppose the wrong actions of the Japanese politicians. The Chinese side urges the Japanese side to earnestly face up to and deeply reflect upon its history of aggression, make a clean break from militarism, and win back the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community with concrete actions.

Q: Hackers associated with the Chinese government have attacked at least seven US companies in the past three weeks, according to the US Cyber security firm Crowdstrike. What is China's comment?

A: On the issue of cyber security, the Chinese side has repeatedly clarified its principled position. China is a staunch advocate for cyber security, as well as a victim of cyber attacks. The Chinese government opposes all forms of cyber attacks and commercial espionage. This position is firm. The Chinese government will neither encourage companies to carry out cyber theft for commercial secrets, nor take part in such activities. It is hoped that relevant parties can uphold the spirit of mutual respect and mutual trust, and have more dialogue and cooperation in the field of cyber security in a constructive manner.

Q: In its latest trade policy communication released recently, the European Commission said that it would explore launching negotiations on two-way investment with Taiwan. Do you have any comment?

A: The Chinese side does not object non-official trade and cultural exchanges between Taiwan and countries having diplomatic relations with China, but opposes the development of official ties in any form. It is hoped that the EU side would continue to honor its commitment to the one-China principle, deal with Taiwan-related issues with prudence and refrain from having any form of official contacts or exchanges with Taiwan in any capacity, or signing any official agreement that has sovereignty implications.

Q: After his talks with ROK President Park Geun-hye, US President Barack Obama said that the US supports the ROK in developing robust relations with China. What is China's comment on that? President Park Geun-hye said that she is ready to have a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when leaders from China, Japan and the ROK later meet in the ROK. What is China's comment?

A: The Chinese side is committed to forging a new type of international relations with win-win cooperation at its core, and stands ready to engage in sound interactions with the US, the ROK and other countries as well to enhance mutual trust, expand cooperation, seek more common interests, and contribute positive energy to peace, stability and development of the region and the world at large so as to achieve win-win and all-win results. The Chinese side welcomes the development of US-ROK relations and hopes that such development can help maintain regional peace and stability.

I have noted relevant reports on the meeting between ROK and Japanese leaders. The Chinese side welcomes the development of ROK-Japan relations and hopes that such development can help maintain regional peace and stability and help the relevant country stay on the track of peaceful development.

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