|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on August 30, 2016|
At the invitation of Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith of Laos, the current rotating president of ASEAN, Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council will travel to Vientiane, Laos from September 6 to 9 for the 19th China-ASEAN (10+1) Leaders' Meeting which is also the commemorative summit marking the 25th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue relations, the 19th ASEAN-China, Japan, ROK (10+3) Leaders' Meeting and the 11th East Asia Summit, as well as an official visit to the country.
Q: It is reported that the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan was hit by a car bomb today. Do you have more details on that?
A: This morning local time, a car bomb exploded at the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan, causing minor injuries to three embassy staff. China is deeply shocked by and strongly condemns this extreme violent act. The Foreign Ministry has immediately initiated the emergency response mechanism, and the Chinese side has asked the Kyrgyz side to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of Chinese institutions and personnel there, thoroughly investigate the case and bring to justice whoever is behind this attack.
Q: You said this was a violent act. Will you say this is a terrorist attack? What's the identity of the attacker? Have Chinese embassies in other countries raised their security levels after this attack?
A: As I just said, this is an extreme violent act happened this morning local time. China has requested the Kyrgyz side to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of Chinese institutions and people there, and urged relevant authorities in Kyrgyzstan to get to the bottom of the case and release the results of the investigation with no delay.
We always attach great importance to the safety of Chinese diplomatic missions overseas, and have taken necessary security measures to ensure the safety of Chinese institutions and people overseas.
Q: The G20 Hangzhou Summit will kick off this week. Will this attack have any influence on the security measures in the Summit?
A: China is confident of making this summit a success. We are even more sure of that with the joint efforts of all parties.
Q: What do you expect from Premier Li Keqiang's attendance at the leaders' meetings on East Asia cooperation and his visit to Laos? How do you view the current East Asia cooperation and China-Laos relations?
A: Currently East Asia remains stable and regional integration process is making great headway. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of China-ASEAN dialogue relations, bringing bilateral relations to a new starting point. Premier Li Keqiang's attendance at this year's leaders' meetings on East Asia cooperation is significant as it further boosts China-ASEAN relations and regional cooperation in East Asia.
China looks forward to making this commemorative summit a success through joint efforts with ASEAN. As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue relations, we will continue to expand and enrich cooperation, forge new pillars of China-ASEAN relations, and build a closer community of shared future between China and ASEAN. We hope that the meetings will prioritize development and cooperation, foster cooperation on finance, industrial capacity, sustainable development, social and people-to-people exchanges, free trade areas as well as unconventional security, inject new vitality and momentum to East Asia cooperation, and contribute to the final goal of establishing an economic community in East Asia.
Laos is a friendly neighbor of China,and an important member of ASEAN who is serving as its rotating president this year. China always attaches great importance to developing the comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation with Laos. This year marks the 55th anniversary of China-Laos diplomatic relations. The past 55 years have seen an ever-developing bilateral relationship, frequent bilateral high-level visits, deeper political mutual trust, fruitful cooperation on economy and trade and long-lasting exchanges across the board. This will be Premier Li's first visit to Laos since assuming office. During his stay there, Premier Li will hold talks with Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun, and meet with other Laotian leaders for an exchange of views on bilateral relations and issues of common interest. The two sides will also sign cooperation papers in relevant fields. It is believed that Premier Li's visit will bring the China-Laos comprehensive strategic cooperation to a new high and benefit the people from the two countries.
Q: Do you think the upcoming G20 Summit is an appropriate place to talk about the South China Sea issue?
A: I am not sure why you asked this question. It is known to all that the G20 Summit is supposed to focus on how to inject vitality and impetus to world economic development serving as a platform prioritizing and improving global economic governance. China is now in close communication and cooperation on the G20 Hangzhou Summit with relevant parties. They have expressed their full support to the Summit and look forward to achieving as many outcomes as possible from the Summit so as to boost world economic growth and improve global governance. The South China Sea issue has nothing to do with this Summit.
Q: As reported by Reuters on August 29, China is hoping to cement its standing as a global power when it hosts the G20 Summit this weekend, but suspects the West and its allies will challenge Beijing on some issues. What's your comment?
A: I do not know why this was mentioned, and who "the West and its allies" were referring to in the report. To my knowledge, G20 member countries including the US, the UK, Canada and Japan have kept close communication and cooperation with China on the G20 Hangzhou Summit at various levels, expressing their full support for China to host a successful G20 Summit. When taking an interview with the Chinese media recently, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke highly of China's extraordinary leadership in the preparation work, saying that the theme of the Hangzhou Summit is in line with the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and that the G20 is no longer for emergency response to the financial crisis but focuses on the long-term development of world economy thanks to the wide participation and leadership of China. We are willing to work alongside relevant parties to make sure that the Hangzhou Summit deliver positive outcomes and contribute to promoting world economic growth and improving global economic governance. We have hope and confidence that relevant parties of the G20 will take up due responsibilities and play a positive and constructive role for a successful Summit.
Q: Will China issue travel alerts on Singapore given the outbreak of Zika there?
A: I have nothing to offer at hand.
Q: The White House confirmed today that President Obama will meet with President Xi Jinping this Saturday. What will they talk about? Can you brief us on the bilateral meetings between Chinese and foreign leaders during the G20 Summit?
A: Regarding bilateral meetings including the one between Chinese leadership and President Obama during the G20 Hangzhou Summit, we are still in close communication with relevant parties. Relevant information will be released in due course.
Q: According to the White House, the Chinese and US leaders will talk about the South China Sea issue and the US pivot to the Asia-Pacific. What's your response?
A: The US has said both in public and on bilateral occasions that it would endorse and coordinate with China to host the G20 Summit. We believe that President Obama will come to Hangzhou with sincerity and goodwill, as we all want to see the Summit a success. As responsible and major economies in the world, China and the US will join hands and make contribution to fostering world economic growth and improving global economic governance. The two countries are still in communication on the leaders' meeting.
Q: First, some US senators urged President Obama to push leaders at the G20 Summit to commit to a coordinated strategy on combating cyber crimes targeting financial institutions. Is China willing to address this issue in the joint declaration? Second, the Philippines said today that China must recognize the South China Sea arbitration ruling, as any future talks between the two countries must be under the framework of the ruling. Do you have any comment on that?
A: On your first question, relevant parties are having close communication on the G20 Summit-related issues. I have nothing new to offer at this moment.
China holds a consistent position on cyber crimes, and has good communication with the US on this. The two countries should step up mutual trust and implement the important consensus on cyber security cooperation.
On your second question, China's explicit stance regarding the so-called South China Sea arbitration case subjects to no change. China is committed to forging good-neighborly relations with neighboring countries including the Philippines, peacefully resolving territorial sovereignty disputes through negotiation and consultation, and jointly upholding regional peace and stability.
Q: The US and India signed a long-awaited agreement today in Washington to use each other's military bases. Do you have any comment on this?
A: We have noted relevant reports, and hope such cooperation will be normal and helpful to regi onal peace and stability.