Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on August 31, 2016
Q: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Summit and Expo was held in Islamabad on August 29. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the CPEC was not only an economic agreement, but also a strategic one with far-reaching influence. What’s your comment? Can you brief us on the building of the CPEC?
A: The CPEC is an important consensus reached by the Chinese and Pakistani governments and of great significance in enhancing bilateral connectivity and fostering pragmatic economic and trade cooperation. China and Pakistan have put in place a sound mechanism of communication and coordination on the development of CPEC, relevant projects are running well, and the Corridor is being comprehensively implemented. We are willing to join hands with Pakistan to make continuous headway on the CPEC and deliver benefits to the people at an early date.
Q: The ROK Foreign Ministry announced that its 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs would visit China today for negotiations on the China-ROK leaders’ meeting during the G20 Hangzhou Summit. How are the negotiations going? What’s China’s stance on this?
A: As you mentioned, ROK’s 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Lim Sung-nam will visit China today for an exchange of views with China on relevant matters related to the G20 Hangzhou Summit.
Everyone is looking forward to the G20 Hangzhou Summit which will be unveiled this weekend. Leaders from G20 member states and guest countries and relevant international organizations will attend the meeting. As the host of the Summit, China welcomes all guests from various countries with warm hospitality. It is very common to have bilateral meetings and contact in various forms on the sidelines of multilateral meetings or events. We are making arrangements on relevant bilateral meetings based on the agenda of the Summit, and are in close communication with relevant parties including the ROK. We will keep you informed of any further information.
Q: The Australian parliament library circulated a booklet today which warned Australian legislators of carefully assessing the true intentions behind China’s investment in Australia, saying that China is attempting to create an anti-America sphere of influence in Asia. Do you have any comment? Second, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday in an announcement that the car bomb blast against the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan was a terrorist attack. Do you have more details on that? Who do you think are behind this attack?
A: On your first question, I haven’t heard of that. The mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Australia following market rules is favorable to both countries. The Chinese government always asks Chinese companies to operate in accordance with law both in and outside China. Meanwhile, we also hope that relevant countries will provide a fair, equitable and transparent environment for Chinese companies’ operation and investment overseas. China always develops friendly and mutually beneficial relations with all the other countries in the spirit of openness and inclusiveness.
On your second question, we expressed strong condemnation on the terrorist attack against the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan yesterday. The Kyrgyz side is investigating the terrorist attack. We will work with the Kyrgyz side to find out the organization or person behind the attack.
Q: India has been voicing opposition to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it crosses the disputed area of Kashmir. Have there been any discussions between China and India on this issue?
A: The CPEC is a new cooperation framework set by China and Pakistan to achieve sustained development of bilateral cooperation across the board. Not targeted at any third party, the Corridor will help enhance regional connectivity and uphold regional peace, stability and development.
China holds a consistent and clear position on the Kashmir issue, which we believe is a historical left-over issue between India and Pakistan and should be properly settled between the two countries through dialogue and consultation. China’s position on the CPEC will not affect where we stand on the Kashmir issue.
Q: According to ROK government officials, the DPRK executed a senior official last month. Do you know anything about this? Some activists asked President Obama to talk about China’s human rights condition with President Xi Jinping during their meeting. Is China willing to do so? Canadian Prime Minister is on a visit to China, expressing hopes for his country to join the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Do you have any comment?
A: On your first question, I have nothing to offer to you.
On you second question, the White House has given their ideas on the China-US leaders’ meeting in Hangzhou. As for China, we acknowledge that President Xi Jinping and President Obama have held multiple meetings and reached many consensuses in the past three and more years. They shared the view that the common interests between China and the US far outweigh their differences and there are plenty of areas where we can and need to cooperate with each other. They agreed to expand cooperation on economy, trade and investment while their cooperation on addressing climate change has already highlighted bilateral relations. It is true that there are differences between the two countries, therefore they all agreed to effectively manage the differences and respect each other’s interests. President Obama is coming to Hangzhou for the G20 Summit, which is a major platform of global economic governance. Against the current backdrop, China and the US, the two largest economies in the world, should work hand in hand to push for positive outcomes from the Hangzhou Summit, engender confidence in the world and instill momentum and vitality to world economic growth. We expect that the US, along with other G20 members, would join China in ensuring the Hangzhou Summit yield as many fruitful results as possible. It is hoped that the China-US leaders’ meeting in Hangzhou will chart the course, lay the foundation and provide momentum for the future development of bilateral relations. Speaking of human rights, China has every confidence in having constructive and equal-footed dialogues with any other country based on mutual respect.
You asked about Canada expressing its hope to join the AIIB. As the initiator of the AIIB, China is happy to see its development and enlargement so as to play a bigger role in bolstering regional infrastructure building and connectivity. The AIIB is a multilateral development institution which is independent, open and inclusive, and Canada can directly talk to the AIIB about its entry.
Q: Russian president’s information office said yesterday that President Putin and President Xi Jinping will hold bilateral talks in Hangzhou on September 4 on international terrorism, the Korean Peninsula and other issues. What will the two leaders talk about?
A: We are in close communication with relevant parties regarding the bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the G20 Hangzhou Summit. I have nothing new to offer about the specific arrangement and topics.
China and Russia have kept a high-level comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination. Whether in bilateral visits or on multilateral occasions, the two leaders talk about a variety of issues in their meetings, including upgrading the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, enhancing bilateral pragmatic cooperation as well as exchanging views on international and regional issues of common interest. We will release information on this leaders’ meeting in due course.