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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on March 11, 2013

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on March 11, 2013.

Q: The ROK and the US started their annual joint military exercises today. The DPRK said the Korean Armistice Agreement would be nullified from today and declared that "now is the time for the final battle". How does China view the current situation on the Korean Peninsula?

A: China has noted relevant reports. The current situation on the Peninsula is highly complex and sensitive. It serves the common interests of the international community to safeguard peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia. China requires relevant parties to keep calm, exercise restraint and refrain from taking actions that may raise tension. We call on all parties concerned to uphold dialogue and negotiation, solve the issue of denuclearization of the Peninsula within the framework of the Six-Party Talks and explore an effective way to fundamentally realize long-lasting peace and stability of the Peninsula and Northeast Asia. China is ready to make unremitting efforts to this end with all relevant parties.

Q: First, Kenya's incumbent Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner of the presidential election by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on March 9. What is China's comment as well as its expectation of China-Kenya relations? Second, residents of the Malvinas Islands voted for a referendum on the sovereignty of the Islands on March 10. What is China's position? Third, reports say that the recent hacker attacks against the Reserve Bank of Australia are from China. What is China's comment?

A: On your first question, China congratulates Mr. Kenyatta on being elected as President of Kenya and congratulates Kenya on holding a peaceful and successful election.

China and Kenya enjoy profound traditional friendship. China attaches great importance to its relations with Kenya and regards Kenya as an important cooperative partner in Africa. We are ready to carry out closer cooperation with the new government of Kenya to push bilateral friendly relations to a new high so as to benefit the two peoples.

On your second question, the Malvinas Islands issue is, in essence, an issue left over by the history of colonialism. China's position on this issue is consistent. We will, as always, support Argentina's sovereignty claim over the Malvinas Islands and hope that Argentina and the UK could properly solve this issue through negotiations in accordance with relevant UN resolutions.

On your third question, I have not seen the reports you mentioned. China's position on cyber attack is clear and consistent. The Chinese government firmly opposes and combats cyber attacks in accordance with the law. We are ready to work with the international community to carry out constructive dialogues and cooperation on safeguarding cyber security. We oppose groundless speculation and accusation on hacker attack issue.

Q: Japanese media reported that Tang Jiaxuan, senior Chinese member of the 21st Century Committee for China-Japan Friendship, will lead a delegation to Japan in late March to attend the 4th Meeting of the Committee. Please confirm.

A: China and Japan are in communication on the 4th Meeting of the 21st Century Committee for China-Japan Friendship. As far as I know, the date of the Meeting is yet to be determined. Relevant reports by the Japanese media are not true.

Q: Please confirm that the Chinese government has nominated a Special Envoy of the Foreign Ministry on Asian Affairs.

A: The Chinese government has recently nominated former Deputy Foreign Minister Wang Yingfan as the first Special Envoy of the Foreign Ministry on Asian Affairs. He will be mainly involved in dealing with relevant China-Myanmar affairs.

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