|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on December 8, 2015|
At the invitation of Turkmenistan, Vice President Li Yuanchao will attend celebrations marking the 20th Anniversary of Turkmenistan's Status of Permanent Neutrality and visit Turkmenistan from December 10 to 13 as the Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping.
Q: In his televised speech aired on the morning of December 7, US President Barack Obama said that the mass shooting in California was an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people, and that the terrorist threat has evolved into a new phase. What is China's comment on that?
A: We have noted that the US side has defined the shooting rampage in California as an act of terrorism. We once again condemn the perpetrators, mourn for the victims and express sympathy to the injured and the bereaved families.
Terrorism is the enemy of all mankind. The Chinese side opposes all forms of terrorism and calls for intensified international cooperation against terrorism.
Q: The US Department of Defense said yesterday that they would base a naval patrol aircraft in Singapore starting this week. It seems that the aircraft will take part in patrols over the South China Sea. What is China's comment on that?
A: The overall situation in the South China Sea is peaceful and stable. An overwhelming majority of countries hope for peace, stability, development and prosperity of East Asia. Countries in the region and from around the world all aspire for peace, cooperation and development. Against a backdrop as such, is military deployment and regional militarization by the US in line with the aspiration shared by countries in the region? That deserves some deep thought. In our point of view, it goes against the common and long-term interests of countries in the region. It is hoped that all relevant parties will do more to genuinely enhance mutual trust among countries in the region and safeguard peace and development of the region.
Q: Some human rights groups in Myanmar have criticized Chinese companies of being involved in massive smuggling of jade from northern Myanmar. I understand that the Chinese government prohibits jade smuggling by Chinese companies. Will the Chinese side take measures to prevent Chinese companies from smuggling jade?
A: I have not seen the remarks made by relevant groups you mentioned, and I am not aware of the specifics. The position held by the Chinese government is clear. We oppose activities of smuggling and illegal trade. The Chinese government has been asking overseas Chinese companies to obey rules and run their business in accordance with the law.
Q: Beijing issued a red alert for smog yesterday. It coincides with the ongoing Paris Climate Conference where China is actively looking for a deal. Do you think this particular problem of smog will impact China's position at the climate conference?
A: China, as a developing country, has been working relentlessly to feed and clothe the public and improve people's livelihood. China has enjoyed fast economic growth over the past decades, but also paid heavy price resources-wise and environment-wise. Past experience tells us what shall be done in the future. The Chinese government is making vigorous efforts to pursue ecological advancement and blaze a trail of green, low-carbon and sustainable development.
Climate change is a global challenge for all mankind. The international community should work as one to deal with it. China and other developing countries are major victims of the negative impact of climate change. With a highly responsible attitude toward people from China and the rest of the world, the Chinese government attaches great importance to climate change and takes active measures to deal with it. China is leading the world in energy conservation and utilization of new and renewable energy. China's efforts and achievements are for all to see, and have won applause from the international community. We also take a constructive part in international cooperation and multilateral process to push for the establishment of a win-win and equitable mechanism on climate change, making contributions to global ecological security and sustainable development.
Smog and climate change are problems of the same cause. The severity of smog highlights the urgency of improving the environment and tackling climate change, and makes us more determined to solve the problem. It is believed that with the joint efforts of governments at different levels and the entire society, there will be less and less smog in our cities.