Q: There have been two confirmed imported cases of influenza A H1N1 on the mainland recently. Hong Kong has asked the US Department of Health and Human Services to improve quarantine measures at points of exit to reduce imported cases elsewhere. Has the Foreign Ministry made any requests in this regard to the US through diplomatic channels? If not, do you have any plans to do so?
A: The Chinese Government has taken timely and effective flu prevention and control measures. Competent departments have also timely released updates on flu-related information. The relevant countries are well aware. We hope to work together to contain the spread of the disease as soon as possible through international cooperation, and will continue to strengthen cooperation in this regard.
Q: Recently Australia announced in its White Paper that it will enhance its weapon system, including submarines, and claimed that the most important trend in defence is the rise of China. And according to reports, the Australian Government has informed the Chinese Government in advance that the above measures do not target China or any other country. Do you think the story holds water?
A: I answered this question at several previous press conferences. China adheres to the road of peaceful development, adopts a defence policy that is defensive in nature, and does not pose a threat to any country. China is a staunch force for peace and stability in Asia-Pacific and the whole world. The fact is witnessed by all and known by all countries in the world.