Q: The Japanese government is said to be considering stopping or reducing financial contributions to UNESCO, given the UN body's decision to add Chinese documents on the Nanjing Massacre to the Memory of the World Register. The Japanese side also said that some of the documents submitted by the Chinese side may be fake. What is China's comment on that?
A: I have noted the relevant report. It is shocking and completely unacceptable that the Japanese side blatantly threatened UNESCO. The Chinese side fully recognizes the objectiveness and professionalism of UNESCO in handling the application filed by China to list documents of the Nanjing Massacre in the Memory of the World Register. The Nanjing Massacre is the atrocity committed by the Japanese militarism during WWII, which is a historical fact acknowledged by the international community. Documents submitted by the Chinese side totally meet the screening criteria of the Memory of the World Register, and have gone through the application procedure in full compliance with UNESCO rules. UNESCO's international advisory committee came to the relevant decision after deliberation and study in strict accordance with the procedure. The Japanese side, who keeps obstructing UNESCO's work and even resorts to threat, has revealed once again its wrong outlook on history to which it stubbornly clings.
I want to stress that the Japanese side may threaten to reduce its financial contributions to relevant UN agency, but it cannot remove the stain it left on history. The harder it tries, the darker the stain will become. We solemnly urge the Japanese side to immediately stop pestering and threatening UNESCO with a sense of responsibility toward history and future, face up to and deeply reflect upon the history of aggression, correct mistakes and take concrete actions to win the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community.
Q: It is reported that the Chinese side arrested in accordance with information offered by the US some hackers suspected of cyber espionage. Please confirm and give us more details. If it is true, is that an example of cyber security cooperation between China and the US, or is that just a quick fix to hold back US sanctions against China?
A: I have noted the relevant report. The Chinese government holds a clear-cut and consistent position on opposing cyber attacks and espionage and combating all forms of hacking activities in accordance with the law. Whoever commits cyber attacks and espionage at whatever time and whatever place in China violates China's national law and will face legal sanctions once caught.
Both China and the US are major internet users who enjoy broad shared interests and face common challenges in the field of cyber security. During President Xi Jinping's visit to the US, the two sides had thorough discussions and reached important consensus on the issue of cyber security. We hope that the two sides would work in concert to implement the consensus and make the issue of cyber security a new point of cooperation between China and the US instead of a source of friction.
Q: It is learnt that the Chinese side is going to hold the 10th Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) on the Implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC). Please give us more details.
A: The 10th SOM on the Implementation of the DOC will be held in Chengdu from October 19 to 20. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin and senior diplomatic officials from ASEAN countries will attend the meeting, during which the 15th Joint Working Group (JWG) Meeting on the Implementation of the DOC will be held. Participants will have in-depth discussions on fully and effectively implementing the DOC and forging ahead with practical maritime cooperation, and explore ways to take forward negotiations on the code of conduct in the South China Sea (COC) within the framework of implementing the DOC.
Q: The Thai authority decided to put a Hong Kong journalist on trial for trying to leave the country with a bulletproof vest. Do you have any update on the case? Media group hopes that the Foreign Ministry can extend assistance to him. Do you have any response to that?
A: The Chinese Embassy in Thailand attaches great importance to this case. It has checked with the Thai police about details of the case, and urged the Thai side to handle the case fairly in accordance with law and guarantee the legitimate rights and interests of the person involved.
The Chinese Embassy in Thailand will continue to follow this case closely and provide consular protection and assistance to the person involved.
Q: Reports said that Pakistan has finalized a deal to buy 8 submarines from China. This may be the largest submarine sales deal between the two countries. Can you confirm that and give us more details?
A: I have noted relevant reports. I would like to refer you to relevant departments or companies for the specifics. The Chinese government is always prudent and responsible on the issue of arms trade. China and Pakistan are neighbors of traditional friendship with close cooperation in various fields. The normal cooperation between the two sides in the field of military industry and trade is in line with their respective international commitment.
Q: Zam Hydropower Station, Tibet's largest, becomes fully operational for commercial purposes today. The station is built on the Yarlung Zangbo River, which has raised concerns in India over the likelihood of water diversion in the lower reaches of the river. What is China's response to the concerns of the Indian side?
A: On the issue of exploration and utilization of cross-border rivers, the Chinese side will give full consideration to its impacts on the lower reaches in a sense of responsibility. Both sides are in sound communication on this through the Expert-Level Mechanism. We are willing to continue such kind of communication and cooperation with the Indian side on the relevant issue.