Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin's Regular Press Conference on December 13, 2011

Q: In the clash between ROK coast guards and Chinese fishermen in the Yellow Sea waters, one coast guard was confirmed injured and the other dead. What is China's position on this event?

A: China expresses regret that relevant incident caused injury and death of ROK coast guards. It was an unfortunate event. Competent authorities of both China and the ROK are communicating closely with each other to investigate and verify relevant situation. China will cooperate actively with the ROK side to settle relevant issue appropriately as soon as possible.

Q: Canadian Environment Minister recently announced that Canada would pull out of the Kyoto Protocol. What is China's comment?

A: I have noted relevant report. The Durban Conference has just made important headway on the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. It is regrettable that Canada opts out of the Protocol at this moment, which runs counter to the international community's efforts. We hope that Canada will face up to its due responsibilities and obligations, abide by its emission reduction commitment and actively and constructively join the international cooperation against climate change.

Q: The US intelligence agency accused certain Chinese hackers of engaging in overseas cyber espionage, saying that the US would express its concerns to China in a more direct fashion. What is China's response? China's Ministry of National Defence recently said that China would use one of Seychelles' ports as a transit port in anti-piracy missions. Indian media reported that the Chinese side would deploy personnel in Seychelles. Please confirm.

A: On your first question, some people abroad are keen on fabricating stories of the so-called cyber espionage which are completely unfounded. China strictly prohibits and combats hacker attacks in accordance with law. We are willing to enhance cooperation with the international community in this regard.

There is another issue worth more attention, that is, some countries are enthusiastic about hoisting their capacity for the so-called cyber warfare. It is imperative for the international community to preserve peace in the information and cyber space for the real benefit of social and economic development as well as people's well-being and prevent it from becoming a new battlefield.

Countries including China and Russia jointly tabled the International Code of Conduct for Information Security for the purpose of encouraging the international community to create a peaceful, safe, just and open information and cyber space.

On your second question, the Ministry of National Defence has released relevant information. State Councillor and Defence Minister Liang Guanglie paid an official goodwill visit to Seychelles in early December. Seychelles expressed thanks to China for the latter's efforts in maintaining the safety of navigation in the Indian Ocean as well as its support and assistance and invited Chinese naval fleets to replenish and rest in Seychelles during their escort missions.

It is an international practice for naval fleets on long voyage missions to replenish at the nearest port of coastal countries. China will consider using suitable ports in Seychelles and other countries for the replenishment and rest of naval fleets in light of their needs in escort and long voyage missions. Such practice is transparent, and there is no need to worry.

Q: Will Canada's decision of pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol affect China's implementation of measures against climate change?

A: China plays an active part in the international campaign against climate change and has made its utmost efforts for the progress of the Durban Conference. We will continue to do so in the future. China has set the targets for energy conservation and emission reduction in the 12th Five-Year Plan and laid down supporting measures. These targets are binding as they have been deliberated and approved by the National People's Congress. China will continue to take concrete measures to counter climate change.

Q: Is the Chinese side negotiating with Seychelles on the deployment of personnel and aircraft?

A: I am not aware of the information you mentioned. China does not set up military bases overseas.

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