Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on October 23, 2014

The 8th Senior Officials' Meeting on the Implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from October 28 to 29 with the attendance of Vice Foreign Minister of China Liu Zhenmin and senior officials from foreign ministries of ASEAN countries, following the 12th Joint Working Group Meeting on the Implementation of the DOC. During relevant meetings, in-depth discussions will be held on the full and effective implementation of the DOC and advancement of pragmatic cooperation in the South China Sea. There will also be negotiations on the formulation of the code of conduct in the South China Sea under the framework of implementing the DOC.

Q: First, the Chief Commander of the Iranian navy is now visiting China. Please give us more details. Is the invitation of this visit China's way of showing diplomatic support to Iran? Second, a UN senior official for human rights expects that China will support a UN call to refer the human rights issue in the DPRK to the International Criminal Court. Does China support this and what is your response?

A: On your first question, I'd like to point you to the Ministry of Defense.

On your second question, China always maintains that disputes in the human rights area should be resolved through constructive dialogue and cooperation on the basis of equality and mutual respect. Referral of the human rights issue to the International Criminal Court does no good to improve the human rights condition of a country.

Q: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed his wish to visit Tibet and Xinjiang of China, and hoped that China could grant permission to his visit. What is your comment?

A: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights can make his request of visiting China's Tibet and Xinjiang through regular channels. China is poised to cooperate with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights based on equality and mutual respect. In the meantime, we hope that the High Commissioner can perform his duties fairly and objectively.

Q: India will send a delegation to visit China and discuss with the Chinese side the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Can you give us more details?

A: The idea of establishing the AIIB was proposed by President Xi Jinping when he met with then Indonesian President Susilo and attended the APEC CEO Summit in October, 2013. Premier Li Keqiang then restated China's proposal when addressing the 16th China-ASEAN Summit. The purpose of setting up the AIIB is to boost Asian economic development, wealth creation and infrastructure inter-connectivity through investment in infrastructure and productive sector. The AIIB will carry out close cooperation with other bilateral and multilateral development institutions, advance regional cooperation and partnership and jointly face up to challenges in development area.

Since the beginning of this year, China has marshaled various multilateral and bilateral negotiations on the establishment of the AIIB. China receives positive feedback from all parties for its sincerity and actions in supporting infrastructure development in Asia. At the end of September, the 5th multilateral consultation meeting on setting up the AIIB was held in Beijing. It was attended by delegations from 21 Asian countries who have decided or have the willingness to become prospective founding members of the AIIB, including India. Upon consultation, all parties reached consensus on the final draft of the Memorandum on the Establishment of the AIIB, and would sign the memorandum after it is approved in their own countries. China expects countries (economies) including India that intend to become the founding members of the AIIB to join the AIIB and sign the memorandum.

I'd point you to the Ministry of Finance for specifics of the Indian delegation's visit to China and consultation on the AIIB.

Q: It is reported that the US has delivered to its Kyogamisaki Sub-Base in Kyoto, Japan the X-band Radar system for anti-missile early-warning. The system is scheduled to be put into full operations within this year. What is China's comment on this?

A: The anti-missile deployment in the Asia-Pacific by certain country in the pursuit of unilateral security goes against regional strategic stability and mutual trust, as well as peace and stability in Northeast Asia. Such an action is particularly concerning when the situation in the region is complex and sensitive. The Chinese side believes that relevant country should proceed from regional peace and stability, stay committed to maintaining regional security through political and diplomatic means, and shall not infringe upon other countries' security interests under the pretext of aforementioned action.