Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on April 14, 2016
Q: Regarding the killing of British citizen Hilary St John Bower in Shenzhen, can the Foreign Ministry provide more details? Is this a murder case? Have you made any arrest yet?
A: It is known that this case is being dealt with in accordance with law. Relevant public security authorities in China have notified this case to the British Consulate-General in Guangzhou. I have no more details to offer to you.
Q: Russia and China proposed a draft resolution to the UN Security Council opposing the usage of chemical weapons in Syria. Do you have any comment?
A: On April 14 Beijing time, Russia and China jointly submitted to the UN Security Council a draft resolution on Syrian chemical weapons. China holds a consistent and clear stance regarding chemical weapons. We are opposed to the usage of chemical weapons by anyone under any circumstances for any purpose. This draft resolution expresses concerns about terrorist groups' intentions to use chemical weapons in Syria, asking member countries especially neighboring countries of Syria to report relevant situation to the Security Council. China calls on relevant parties to enhance coordination, work in unison, and act together to combat and punish the usage of chemical weapons by any party. We also hope that parties in the Security Council would endorse the draft resolution by Russia and China.
Q: The US State Department released on April 13 the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights, which once again found fault with China's human rights conditions in its section about China. What is your comment?
A: The Chinese government sets great store by the protection and promotion of human rights. Over the past thirty-odd years since reform and opening-up, China has made remarkable progress in its human rights endeavor. No one who is genuinely interested in China's human rights and in genuine human rights issues shall say no to this fact.
It is nothing new to us that the so-called US annual report on human rights points fingers at other countries' internal affairs in the name of human rights. The section about China politicizes the human rights issue and plots to undermine China's stability and development while turning a blind eye to China's achievement in promoting human rights. I want to say this is a pure waste of effort.
As we all know, there is always room for improvement regarding human rights. We can have candid discussions and make headway together with other countries on human rights issue based on equality and mutual respect, but I would like to advise all countries not to make an attempt to interfere in other countries' internal affairs under the excuse of human rights.
Q: The US 2015 Country Report on Human Rights also mentioned Hong Kong. What is your response to this?
A: The Chinese people themselves including those in Hong Kong have the best say in the human rights situation in Hong Kong, the same case as the mainland. As for the US human rights report which mentioned Hong Kong, it is an undeniable fact to all people who are objective and unbiased that ever since the return of Hong Kong to the motherland, the one-country-two-systems policy and the Basic Law have been enforced and Hong Kong citizens have fully enjoyed lawful rights and freedoms. We are strongly opposed to the US report which ignores the fact and makes rash comments and irresponsible criticism on Hong Kong affairs. I want to reiterate that Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, Hong Kong affairs fall entirely within China's domestic affairs, and no foreign country has the right to interfere.