Q: The US Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) reportedly held a hearing on the future of democracy in Hong Kong on November 20. It was presided over by CECC chairman Sherrod Brown and co-chairman Christopher Smith and witnessed by former British governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten and etc. They talked about the deterioration of democracy and freedom in Hong Kong, encouraged Hong Kong democrats and students to continue with their fight for democracy and freedom and underscored that the US should renew its annual report on Hong Kong. What is China's comment?
A: Since Hong Kong's return to the motherland, the basic rights and freedoms of its citizens have been fully guaranteed. The central government of China is committed to supporting the democratic and constitutional development of Hong Kong in a lawful and step-by-step way, and sincerely hopes that the universal suffrage in Hong Kong can be achieved in 2017 which will be a historic progress in Hong Kong's democratic development.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, and Hong Kong affairs fall entirely within China's domestic affairs. We staunchly object to interference in Hong Kong affairs and damage of Hong Kong's stability by any foreign government, institution or individual under any pretext.
Q: After meeting with Choe Ryong Hae, the special envoy of DPRK Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un on November 20, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Pyongyang is ready for the resumption of the Six-Party Talks without any preconditions. How does China respond to this?
A: It is in the common interests of all parties and a common responsibility shared by all that denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula be advanced and peace and stability of the Peninsula be maintained. Given the current circumstances, parties concerned should make concerted efforts, leverage their wisdom, come back to the track of dialogue and consultation as soon as possible so as to create favorable conditions for the resumption of the Six-Party Talks.
Q: The director of the US National Security Agency said that China has the ability to shut down computer systems of key US utility facilities by hacker attacks. What is China's comment on that?
A: China is one of the major victims of cyber attacks. According to the statistics released by competent authorities of China, a large amount of such attacks originate from the US. The law of China prohibits activities undermining security of the Internet, such as hacker attacks. The Chinese government resolutely combats relevant criminal activities. This is beyond all doubt.
It is hoped that the American side will stop its groundless speculation of and accusation against the Chinese side, take concrete actions itself and make more contributions to safeguarding peace and security of the cyber space.
Q: The US and Japan recently held a joint military exercise named Keen Sword. What is China's view on this?
A: We hope that relevant countries can respect the security concerns of countries in this region, take prudent actions and do more things that are helpful to maintain regional peace and stability and enhance mutual trust.
Q: The Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism of Japan called for an intensified crackdown on the illegal harvest of red coral by Chinese boats in waters around the Ogasawara Islands. Japan's coast guard has also sent more patrol boats to seize Chinese boats engaged in illegal fishing. What is China's comment on that?
A: The Chinese government is serious and solemn in cracking down on the illegal harvest of red coral. We have strengthened the administration by adopting a holistic approach including publicity, education, law enforcement, inspection and punishment in accordance with the law. This has achieved good results, and we have seen a sharp decrease of boats harvesting coral in relevant waters of Japan. The Chinese side hopes to further step up cooperation with the Japanese side in law enforcement, and make joint efforts to properly address relevant issue in accordance with law.
Q: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe officially dissolved the lower house of Japan's Diet. How does China comment on this?
A: This is an internal affair of Japan, on which we have no comment.