We thank Crampin and Gao (2005, hereinafter referred to as cg) for their interest in the analysis and results of Liu et al. (2004, hereinafter referred to as ltbz). We disagree that the lines they draw through some of the data points of figure 14a of ltbz (reproduced here as Fig. 1) carry quantitative scientific information, and we maintain our assessment that the results of ltbz do not show systematic temporal evolution of anisotropy parameters that could be used to forecast impending large earthquakes in our study area. Our response to cg focuses on features...

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