|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on September 13, 2016|
Q: The US air force today flew one of the B-1 bomber jets across the ROK in a show of force against the DPRK and to reassure its ally. Does China see this particular move as adding to tension on the Korean Peninsula?
A: Under the current circumstances, all relevant parties should keep clam, exercise restraint, and avoid provoking each other so as not to raise tension in the region. A vicious circle of tension escalation and mutual provocation is not in anyone's interests.
Q: According to Russia's Ria Novosti, Nikolai Patrushev, Security Council Secretary of the Russian Federation, co-hosted the 12th round of China-Russia Strategic Security Consultation with State Councilor Yang Jiechi in Beijing yesterday. Can you give us more details about that?
A: At the invitation of Meng Jianzhu, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC Central Politics and Law Commission, and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, Security Council Secretary of the Russian Federation Patrushev is in China from September 12 to 14 for the 3rd meeting of China-Russia Law-enforcement and Security Cooperation Mechanism and the 12th round of China-Russia Strategic Security Consultation.
The 12th round of China-Russia Strategic Security Consultation was held yesterday. State Councilor Yang Jiechi pointed out at the consultation that under the guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Putin, the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination between China and Russia is making in-depth progress with a scale and scope as never before. Leaders of the two countries had their third meeting this year on the sidelines of the G20 Hangzhou Summit and reached important consensus on carrying forward the bilateral relationship and cooperation in difference fields, giving a strong boost to the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination.
State Councilor Yang Jiechi stressed that the world and the region are going through complex and profound changes. China and Russia, as permanent members of the UN Security Council and major emerging markets, share broad common interests and shoulder important responsibilities in safeguarding peace and stability of the region and beyond. The two sides should stay in close communication, fully implement consensus reached by the two leaders, strengthen communication, consultation and coordination in strategic security, give more support to each other and further deepen collaboration in international affairs.
Patrushev said that comprehensive strategic coordination between Russia and China has reached the highest level ever. While celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of strategic partnership of coordination between Russia and China and the 15th anniversary of the signing of Russian-Sino Treaty of Good-neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation, Russia will join China to fully implement consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, strengthen strategic communication and coordination and strive for peace, stability and prosperity of the region and beyond.
The two sides also had in-depth discussion and reached broad consensus on the situation of Korean Peninsula, the situation in Central Asia, BRICS cooperation and regional hot-spot issues. They agreed to fully leverage the mechanism of consultation on strategic security and push for further advancement of strategic and security cooperation between the two sides.
Q: A report on the Times of India said that the Japanese government is trying to secure a US$ 1.6 billion arms deal with India by pledging to reduce the price as much as possible. Japan is aiming at strengthening cooperation with India in defense and security and encouraging India to speak up on issues related to the South China Sea. What is your comment on that?
A: We have noted the report by the Times of India. We have no objection to normal cooperation, including cooperation in defense. However, it will be disgraceful if the motive behind someone's pursuit of cooperation is not so above board.
Q: It is very well-known that China opposes the US decision to base THAAD in the ROK. To what extent is the deployment affecting China's policy-making decisions about the DPRK and how China responds to the DPRK? Is there a direct connection between THAAD and China's reluctance to do what the Americans ask it to do which is to strengthen sanctions against the DPRK?
A: Everything in the world can be connected with one another. China's position on both THAAD and the Korean nuclear issue is clear. The Chinese side has been stressing that dialogue and consultation is the fundamental way out for the issue of the Korean Peninsula which is complex. Be it the US or the ROK, who can promise that the deployment of THAAD will resolve the Korean nuclear issue once and for all? It has been proved time and again that security concerns of parties related must and can only be addressed in a way that serves all parties' interests. Any unilateral action based on one's self-interest and one's pursuit of absolute security of its own will not help resolve one's security concerns but will only aggravate the tension, complicate the issue, and make it more difficult to achieve relevant goals. We strongly urge all parties to focus on the overall interests, act with caution, and avoid provoking each other so as not to escalate tension. We have also been calling on parties concerned not to give up on peacefully resolving the Korean nuclear issue through dialogue and consultation, even though the situation is grim and difficult. As long as there is a gleam of hope, opportunity or possibility, we have to make all-out efforts to seize it. This is our long-standing position. The Chinese side will continue to take a constructive and responsible part in Security Council discussions. As a permanent member of the Security Council and a responsible member of the international community, China will fully observe relevant Security Council resolutions in good faith. Meanwhile, we will work tirelessly with all parties to bring the Korean nuclear issue back to the right track of dialogue and consultation.
On the issue of THAAD, China's stance is clear and unchanged. We oppose the deployment of THAAD by the US in the ROK.