Department of Defense Record regular press conference speech
Time: November 30, 2011 15:00-15:45
Location: Republic of China Ministry of National Defense Foreign Affairs Office
Moderator: Secretary for Defense Information Services Long, Department of Defense spokesman Senior Colonel Geng Yansheng
Geng Yansheng: Members reporter friends, good afternoon and welcome to Department of Defense press conference. I begin with three announcements:
one, agreed by China, People’s Liberation Army Deputy Chief of Staff Air Force Gen. Ma-day U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Flournoy will be held in Beijing on December 7 co-chair the 12th Sino-US defense consultations. The two sides will then Sino-US military relations, regional security situation and other issues of common interest to exchange views.
Second, the Fourth India Defence and Security Consultation will be held December 9 in New Delhi, India. PLA Deputy Chief of Staff Air Force Gen. Ma days will lead a delegation to India, and Indian Defense Secretary Sharma, co-chaired the defense and security consultations. The two sides will the regional situation, bilateral defense exchanges and cooperation and other issues in-depth exchange of views.
Third, the Second China – ASEAN defense and security dialogue will be held December 11 to 14 in Beijing. The conference theme is “China and ASEAN: security, trust and cooperation.” China and ASEAN defense departments and defense research agency representatives, and representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat will attend the meeting.
below to start asking questions.
Q: How does the Chinese aircraft carrier platform 29 once again to the sea to carry out related scientific research and experiments, whether with the current situation in the South China Sea region? The pilot project which will include the sea, will be carrier-based aircraft landing test? Russian media said the Russian company in the direction of the block system setbacks buy aircraft, presumably related to Chinese aircraft carrier platform block system is not installed. Do you have any comment?
Geng Yansheng: 29 days, the carrier platform again to the sea trials, Defense Information Office issued a special message. Needs to be emphasized is that the sea trial is planned routine arrangement, we hope relevant parties can have a rational and objective view. As a complex systems engineering, aircraft construction involves a variety of weapons and equipment and facilities and equipment, need to steadily carry out various tests. When to which tests will be determined based on the entire development process. At present, the work is started according to plan.
Q: Since October of this year, the PLA in Tibet organized a joint ground and air military exercises in the Yellow Sea also held a joint combat exercises, the Navy fleet in late October and went to the Western Pacific training, while in Australia military humanitarian disaster has just conducted a joint exercise, the exercise coincided with many of the media that these high-profile Obama administration declared that the United States to return to the Asia-Pacific, and the occasion of the Asia-Pacific maritime disputes increased, the current situation sensitive, meaningful, and even some media that the Chinese The army is interested in putting pressure on countries such as Japan. Does this make any comment on that?
Geng Yansheng: on the Chinese naval fleet to visit the Western Pacific training, we have released the news through the media, expounded China’s position. It should be noted is that the recent People’s Liberation Army held a number of exercises, some based on our military to make a routine annual training plan arrangements, and some foreign military exchanges according to the annual plan of consultation by the Chinese and foreign parties. These exercises are part of normal arrangements for the scheme, we also hope relevant parties can objectively rational view of China’s military exercises.
Q: People’s Liberation Army has formed a strategic planning department, causing widespread international media attention, the media speculated that the department intended to set up operations in the Taiwan Strait. Does the formation of Strategic Planning What is the significance? There is no specific plan, the department of building the future development of China’s military will play what role?
Geng Yansheng: With the further development of the world’s new revolution in military affairs, military organizational structure is becoming more complex, system characteristics become more pronounced, increasing the strategic management requirements. The world’s major countries, the army set up a common strategic research, defense policy, program planning and other specialized agencies, focusing on strengthening the army building from the top of the macro-planning and strategic management. PLA formation of strategic planning is to meet the development trend of modern military management, strengthen the building of the Central Military Commission of the military leadership and focus on the development of unified management, strategic management level to improve our military, national defense and army building to promote scientific development.
PLA formation of strategic planning, will help to configure the important strategic resources of scientific, military construction and development of an accurate assessment of performance, more effective implementation of macroeconomic regulation and control of military construction, to further improve quality and efficiency of national defense and army building. Over the years, the Chinese military to adapt to the trend of the world’s new revolution in military affairs, and actively promote military reform with Chinese characteristics, in the military, political, logistics, equipment, construction and other aspects necessary to implement the reform initiatives, and effectively promoted the overall development and progress of the army. The formation of People’s Liberation Army Strategic Planning Department, the military leadership and management system is an important reform.
Q: Recent media reports the Chinese navy “Peace Ark” hospital ship to the Caribbean for a charm offensive, implicitly shows Chinese navy’s global ambitions, the media that in the sensitive area to send non-combatants and hostile display of this determination is China’s traditional practices. What to make of this report to comment?
Geng Yansheng: of the report groundless with ulterior motives. September 16 from the beginning of this year, the PLA Navy, “Peace Ark” hospital ship visit to Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, the purpose is to provide local people and army medical officers, disease diagnosis, treatment and surgery treatment and other medical services, and visiting the country to carry out medical exchanges between China and Latin American countries to promote friendship and cooperation relations. Currently, the hospital ship is to visit Costa Rica. As of November 28, the hospital ship for the local people and provide medical services to men who accumulated 566 examination, diagnosis and treatment of 10,824 outpatient visits, surgery, 118 cases, the use of large medical equipment checks 3192 times. This is a spread of friendship and uphold the spirit of international humanitarian activities.
Q: U.S. troops in Australia to prepare, and threw out the “empty war” theory of strategic vision, some analysts have pointed out that this is the United States to return to Asia, the amount of China customized. Do you have any comment?
Geng Yansheng: on the issue of U.S. troops in Australia. Safeguarding and promoting regional peace, stability and prosperity in line with the common interests of all countries. Military alliance formed by history, any military alliance to strengthen and expand the practice, we believe that is a manifestation of the Cold War mentality, inconsistent with the peace, development and cooperation of the times, is not conducive to enhancing mutual trust and cooperation between countries in the region, and ultimately damage is the common interest of all parties. Hope relevant parties do more to help peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region, rather than the opposite.
on “empty war” theory. We have noticed relevant reports, frankly, “air and maritime war” theory is nothing new. This advocate confrontation, at the expense of the safety of others for their own safety point of view, is a manifestation of the Cold War mentality, and peace, development and cooperation of the times the opposite.
Q: China to Somalia, the Gulf of Aden to escort about three years, make the case for three years to do something in the overall evaluation, what are the achievements? What the new changes coming?
Geng Yansheng: Chinese navy escort ships went to the Gulf of Aden, Somali waters implementation of escort missions, to the next month for three years. Up to now, has sent 10 batches of 25 ships and ships, 22 helicopters, more than 700 special operations, more than 8,000 soldiers, 4,300 ships and foreign ships for the implementation of a security escort, 4 times for ships to escort World Food Programme (WFP), take care, rescue released by pirates attacked the ship more than 50 vessels, effectively protecting the safety of foreign ships and to defend the national interests, fulfill its international obligations to safeguard the Gulf of Aden, Somali waters to play its due role in the peace and stability. In the escort process, the Chinese navy escort ships to actively participate in escort of international cooperation with relevant countries and organizations of the intelligence and information exchange, commander visits, joint convoy, joint exercises, ship visits and other activities in, promoted with the National Navy mutual trust and cooperation. By escort operations, training the naval forces and improve the Navy’s response to a variety of security threats and accomplish diverse military tasks.
in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions, China will continue to send naval ships to escort the Gulf of Aden, Somali waters implementation of escort missions, escort to further expand international cooperation to safeguard national interests and make greater contributions to world peace.
Q: A few days ago the Chinese naval fleet from the Ryukyu region into the Pacific Ocean across the high seas, there is the foreign media that this is China’s aircraft carrier battle groups sailing roadmap for the future, please be confirmed. In addition, Japanese media said the Chinese proposal to restart interrupted eight years of negotiations on the demarcation of East China Sea, would have any comment?
Geng Yansheng: on the Chinese naval fleet to visit the Western Pacific training, have already talked about, this is a routine arrangement, the aircraft carrier out to sea again test platform is based on the entire development process to determine the , which is no connection between the two.
negotiations on delimitation of East China Sea issue, please ask the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Q: on the end of November in the Western Pacific military exercises, can not disclose further details of the exercise? Myanmar’s military high-level visit to China recently, China and Myanmar to strengthen military cooperation between the two sides reached a consensus on what? Myanmar’s military is to the Chinese side informed their future to further strengthen cooperation with the U.S. situation? China announced that it will send to the Mekong armed escort, raising fears that this is China’s smaller neighbors to the beginning of the establishment of military bases, whether in Southeast Asia, the Chinese military will open a new frontier of strategic intent? Does this make any comment on that?
Geng Yansheng: to answer the last question first. Carry out joint patrols on the Mekong law enforcement related issues, please work to the government in charge of the competent authorities. China pursues a defensive national defense policy, not to establish military bases overseas.
on the Chinese naval fleet to go to the specific circumstances of the Western Pacific train, I do not know, in some cases even if I know, do not be announced.
on military relations between China and Burma. China and Myanmar are friendly neighbors since ancient times and forged a profound “blood brother” friendship. Establishment of diplomatic ties 61 years, Sino-Myanmar friendly relations have been continuously consolidated and developed, the two countries established comprehensive strategic partnership. In recent years, China-Myanmar military relations have developed smoothly, in high-level visits, personnel training, border exchanges, equipment, carried out fruitful cooperation in practical cooperation. Recently, the National Vice President Xi Jinping, Vice Chairman Central Military Commission Xu met with Myanmar Defense Forces chief of Minang Lan, Chief of General Staff and Minang Lan Chen Bingde held talks on regional security, bilateral military relations and other issues in-depth exchange of views and reached important consensus. In the future, we are willing to work with Myanmar to further strengthen exchanges, deepen cooperation, to promote the comprehensive development of bilateral military relations play an active role.
Q: just talked about Sino-Indian defense consultations be held on December 9, after the Indian media has been speculation for some time, said defense consultations and India time has been set up , delayed for various reasons, please be confirmed. The second question, the Chinese army to analyzing the situation in the South China Sea more complicated now? Chinese army on the one hand to maintain peace, but also to defend our sovereignty, the military in this regard in the end how to play its role?
Geng Yansheng: On your first question, the news release just mentioned is the fourth in the Indian defense and security consultation, which is consultation between the two armies, has been set down on December 9 held in India, you may be talking about the Sino-Indian border negotiations, the competent departments of Foreign Affairs, the situation please ask them.
On the second question, China pursues a defensive national defense policy, the PLA is to safeguard world and regional peace and an important force, which is an important mission of the PLA. People’s Liberation Army is to safeguard national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of a strong pillar, we also have to fulfill their responsibilities in this regard.
Q: People’s Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison recently completed the 14th rotation, does the placement of these soldiers return to the Mainland is kind of how?
Geng Yansheng: People’s Liberation Army Forces Hong Kong under the “HKSAR Garrison Law” on “the implementation of the Hong Kong garrison staff rotation system” regulations and orders of the CMC, the annual formed units in late November, the rotation operation, troops stationed in Hong Kong in Hong Kong during its defense duties according to law, to maintain prosperity and stability of Hong Kong has made important contributions, but also broaden their horizons, increase the ability for self-development has laid a good foundation.
soldiers from active service in Hong Kong after the military service and retired under the new provisions of the Ordinance for placement of soldiers placed to enjoy the preferential treatment the state and society. As far as we know, has been retired army soldiers stationed in Hong Kong as a relatively high overall quality, widely welcomed by local employers.
Q: Recent media reports that Australian Defence Minister said it would consider China, U.S. hold joint military exercises, ask the three Sino-US joint military exercise in Australia there is no possible? What’s China’s attitude? If in the plan, the next single implementation plan have no agenda?
Geng Yansheng: we have not received state the proposal.
Geng Yansheng: press conference is over, thank you.(edit: SN049) share: