Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei’s Regular Press Conference on November 17, 2015
Q: It is reported that on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with leaders from the EU, the UK and Germany, and when Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with the Thai Foreign Minister at the APEC Ministerial Meeting, the Japanese side kept expressing concerns over China’s activities in the South China Sea, saying that the rule of law should be upheld at sea. What is China’s comment on that?
A: The Chinese side is dissatisfied with what the Japanese side has done. Japan is not a party concerned in the South China Sea issue. Instead of watching its words and deeds, Japan has been hyping up the South China Sea issue. Japan’s relevant words and deeds run counter to the momentum of improving bilateral ties and undercut regional stability and development.
We urge the Japanese side to stop making groundless accusations on the South China Sea issue, abide by the four political documents between China and Japan, implement the four-point principled agreement reached between the two sides last year, work with China towards the same direction, and ensure the continuous improvement of bilateral ties with concrete actions.
Q: The Indian Interior Minister is due to visit China in the next few days. What is his programme? Whom is he meeting with on the Chinese side? What are the issues that will be discussed between the two sides? Is counter-terrorism cooperation expected to figure in the talks?
A: As for the details concerning the Indian Interior Minister’s visit to China, I have no information to offer at the moment.
As for China-India counter-terrorism cooperation, China and India held the 7th round of counter-terrorism consultation in New Delhi on November 4, exchanging views on the international and regional counter-terrorism situation, respective counter-terrorism concerns and bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation. The two sides agreed that in the light of the severe terrorist threats the international community is facing, the two sides should seize the opportunity brought by the steady growth of bilateral ties, enhance counter-terrorism cooperation, and jointly uphold security and stability of the two countries.