Q: It is reported that the Australian side has summoned the Chinese Ambassador on the case of the arrest of staff members from Rio Tinto. Could you confirm? Secondly, the Chinese Government immediately set up a media center in Urumqi after the July 5 incident in Xinjiang. Will China take similar measures concerning media report in dealing with emergencies in the future?
A: As for staff members of Rio Tinto stealing China’s state secrets, the competent authorities will handle the case according to law.
As for your second question, relevant authorities of China took measures to facilitate the work of foreign and domestic media in Urumqi. The purpose is simple, we hope that the media could cover the incident fairly, objectively and faithfully. Some people asked me, compared with March 14 incident in Lhasa last year, why does China adopt a different approach this time? The answer is, we want to see less distortion, fabrication and defamation in the reports. It takes time though. The international coverage of the incident is not free of these phenomena, which we hope to see less and less in the future. And we hope to see less biased, distorted and misleading reports.