Department of Defense a regular press conference Record: emphasize bilateral problems to solve the South China Sea
Defense Ministry Secretary, Ministry of Defence spokesman Colonel Geng Yansheng Li Xiaowei She answered reporters’ questions
Time: at 15:00 on September 28 2011 – 15:22
Location: Republic of China Ministry of National Defense Foreign Affairs Office
Moderator: Defense Ministry Secretary, Ministry of Defence spokesman Colonel Geng Yansheng
Geng Yansheng: Members reporter friends, good afternoon. Today, we see some new faces, welcomed the arrival of everyone. Today’s press conference did not want to publish news, following start asking questions.
Q: Recently, the U.S. announced a new round of arms sales to Taiwan, China has said the protests. Does the Chinese army has no further specific counter-measures?
Geng Yansheng: China’s military on U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, said the utmost indignation and resolute opposition. Should the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen’s request, Chen Bingde chief of staff and Mullen on the morning of September 23 on the phone. Mullen made the excuse for the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, Chen once again that the total length of China’s solemn stance. In view of the serious harm of the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, Sino-US military plans of some of the high-level exchanges, joint exercises and large events will definitely be affected. We strongly urge the U.S. to take immediate and effective measures to eliminate the serious damage to military relations, the Taiwan issue, abide by the solemn commitment made to China to stop arms sales to Taiwan, take concrete actions to support the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, the United States two country healthy and sustainable and stable development of bilateral military relations and create favorable conditions.
asked: “Temple” has been identified in the launch tomorrow night, what China’s future space program is like? It is reported that China’s military space vehicle at the same time charged with the task, does this make any comment on that? A few days ago, the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center held a press conference, Vice Minister of the General Armament Department attended the press conference and media interviews. If there is no military mission, and why the military will participate in the “One Temple” launch?
Geng Yansheng: The first question is about China’s future space program, please ask the national authorities. The second question, on the “Temple” is used for military purposes, needs to be emphasized is that outer space is the common wealth of mankind, we have always stood for peaceful use of outer space, firmly opposed to the weaponization of outer space and arms race in outer space . The third question, regarding the military personnel involved in the “One Temple” launch, space industry large scale system is very complex, large-scale military action in the organization and coordination has a unique advantage. Therefore, the military involved in aerospace industry, is a common practice around the world, but also the aerospace industry a high degree of risk, the objective needs of a high degree of rigor.
Q: Recently, media reports, China’s first aircraft carrier will be considered with the Second Artillery missile forces have the same status as strategic assets, plans to build aircraft carrier as the core, “the fourth fleet.” Please confirm?
Geng Yansheng: Currently, the ship still in the shipyard for conversion and testing, will be used for scientific research after the completion of testing and training. Now far from its specific plans, other follow-up work should be based on scientific testing and training conditions to determine.
Q: Some media reports, the recent Sino-Indian naval confrontation occurred in the South China Sea, please confirm that? If there is a confrontation, how to treat the Indian Army’s action?
Geng Yansheng: the media reports based on hearsay evidence, unfounded.
Q: Recently, the Philippines, ASEAN convened meeting held in the South China Sea, an attempt to divide the South China Sea, ASEAN, the meeting attempted to counter China, although not supported, but the envy of the South China Sea has not changed. What the Chinese military’s position on this?
Geng Yansheng: South China Sea issue China’s position is consistent and clear. China’s Nansha Islands and adjacent waters has indisputable sovereignty. China always holds that countries concerned through bilateral negotiations and friendly consultations, the peaceful settlement of the South China Sea dispute. Any of the South China Sea, multilateral, international action can make the problem more complex, does not help. We hope relevant parties will do more things conducive to regional peace and stability.
Q: Japan for a while before a new cabinet, which is the Sino-Japanese military relations be affected? Japan’s newly appointed Defense Minister expressed willingness to visit China, what does the Chinese military to respond to this?
Geng Yansheng: Sino-Japanese strategic and mutually beneficial relations in a healthy and stable development, in line with the common interests of both China and Japan. We would like the Sino-Japanese strategic and mutually beneficial relations framework, together with Japan to deepen understanding, enhance mutual trust, active defense exchanges.
Q: Recently, some media reports, the U.S. is in consultation with the South Korean demilitarized zone in the inter-Korean border deployment of the “Global Hawk” unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, in order to strengthen the monitoring of North Korean military activities. What’s your comment?
Geng Yansheng: the Korean Peninsula situation remains complex and sensitive. We hope that any one should exercise restraint and calm and avoid actions which might aggravate contradictory approach.
Q: On the South China Sea, long ago, the United States and Australia’s foreign and defense ministers hold talks in San Francisco, and issued a joint statement, claiming that freedom of navigation in the South China Sea between the two countries related to the interests of United States and Australia, call sovereign countries in dealing with the South China Sea disputes with international law, against any party to use or threaten to use force. What’s your comment?
Geng Yansheng: South China Sea issue China’s position is consistent and clear. Freedom of navigation in the South China Sea dispute over sovereignty has never Yin Nanhai affected. We firmly oppose any country to intervene under the guise of freedom of navigation in the name of the South China Sea dispute.
Q: The U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, there are a lot of Chinese media and scholars have suggested that the United States to implement retaliatory measures. What if there will be substantial Chinese military measures?
Geng Yansheng: The United States announced the sale of Taiwan, the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry and the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, respectively, issued a statement strongly condemned the U.S. act. On the so-called counter-measures, have already stated our position clearly.
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