|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on September 1, 2016|
Q: The ROK Blue House confirmed the ROK-China leaders' meeting to be held on the sidelines of the G20 Hangzhou Summit. What is your comment?
A: Heads of states of China and the ROK will meet for bilateral talks during the G20 Hangzhou Summit. The two sides are currently communicating and negotiating on relevant matters.
Q: The 21st century Panlong Conference aiming to realize nationwide ceasefire through political dialogue kicked off in Naypyidaw, Myanmar yesterday. What's China's expectation for this meeting? Has China sent representatives to the meeting? How will China help realize national reconciliation in Myanmar?
A: We congratulate Myanmar on the successful opening of the Myanmar Peace Conference or the 21st century Panlong Conference. This conference is of great significance to move forward Myanmar's peace process, enhance mutual trust among all parties, and promote national reconciliation. It is hoped that relevant parties will commit themselves to resolving differences peacefully through political dialogue, realizing nationwide ceasefire and achieving long-lasting peace at an early date. We wish this conference a full success.
As a friendly neighbor to Myanmar, China supports all efforts to achieve national peace and reconciliation in Myanmar. Sun Guoxiang, Chinese Foreign Ministry's Special Envoy on Asian Affairs, attended the meeting upon invitation. We will continue to play a constructive role in pushing forward peace talks and jointly uphold peace and stability of the border area alongside Myanmar while attending to the need of the Myanmar government and relevant parties.
Q: Can you update us on the 21 Chinese nationals infected with Zika in Singapore?
A: The Singaporean Ministry of Health has notified the Chinese Embassy in Singapore that up to 12 a.m. August 30, 21 Chinese nationals have been confirmed to be infected with Zika. They are identified with mild symptoms and some have already recovered. The Chinese Embassy in Singapore has issued a notice warning Chinese citizens there against the Zika virus.
Q: The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China released an annual report on European business in China this morning, calling for reciprocity and openness to foreign investment. Do you have any comment on that?
A: Facts and figures are the most revealing about the foreign investment environment in China. As far as I know, the first seven months of this year have witnessed a year-on-year increase of 9.7% for foreign-invested companies in China, and 31.3% growth for the actual amount of foreign investment in China by 28 EU countries. No company or businessman will make a rash investment decision without the prospect of gaining returns or profits. These figures also demonstrate that China is still the ideal destination of investment for all countries including the EU.
I would like to emphasize that China's policy of utilizing foreign investment will not change. We will continue to create a favorable environment for foreign investors, and protect the legitimate rights and interests of foreign-invested companies. We would love to let every country have a share of China's economic growth dividend as we always do.
Q: China and India held a meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on China-India Border Affairs. Please give us more details on that. What positive impact will the meeting have?
A: The 9th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on China-India Border Affairs was held in New Delhi on August 30 and 31. The Chinese delegation was headed by Ouyang Yujing, Director-General of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, while the Indian delegation was headed by Pradeep Kumar Rawat, Joint Secretary of the East Asia Division of the Ministry of External Affairs. Representatives from diplomatic, national defense and public security departments of the two countries also attended the meeting.
The meeting was held in an amicable, candid and practical way, during which the two sides positively reviewed the situation in the China-India border area in the past year, reckoning that the two countries held close communication and coordination on border affairs, military-to-military exchanges and cooperation in the border area made steady progress, the two sides properly handled border-related issues in a timely fashion, the border area maintained peaceful and stable, and cross-border cooperation made great headway. The two sides underlined that upholding peace and tranquility of the border area meets one of the top common interests and cooperation needs of the two countries. The two sides will follow through on relevant consensus reached by the two governments, strengthen communication and coordination in a constructive way, work together to handle border affairs, ramp up measures to enhance mutual trust, build on the general peace and stability of the border area, and create favorable conditions for boundary talks, bilateral relations and future high-level exchanges.
Q: What is your comment on the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff?
A: Brazil is a major country and important emerging market in Latin America. We have been closely watching how the Brazilian situation is playing out, and we have hope and confidence that Brazil can maintain national stability and economic and social development and continuously play a significant role in international and regional affairs.
China and Brazil, as the largest developing countries in the east and west hemisphere respectively, are each other's comprehensive strategic partners. Recent years have witnessed the sustained and rapid development of bilateral relations. Following the principles of mutual respect and win-win cooperation, China will continue to work with the Brazilian government and its people to bring the friendly bilateral relations and pragmatic cooperation to a new high.
Q: You just confirmed the China-ROK leaders' meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Hangzhou Summit. Can you confirm if there are other bilateral meetings?
A: We welcome all the leaderscoming to Hangzhou for the G20 Summit with great hospitality as our guests. And we are still in communication with relevant parties on other bilateral meetings.
Q: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is like to meet with President Xi Jinping during the G20 Summit. Can you confirm that?
A: We welcome Prime Minister Modi's attendance at the G20 Summit, which provides an opportunity for us to continue with high-level contact and dialogues with the Indian side. I have learned that issues related to the bilateral meeting are still under discussion between the two sides.
Q: The Kenyan Foreign Ministry announced on its website that the Kenyan government reaffirmed its firm support to the African Common Position on the UN Security Council reform as well as its endorsement to China on the South China Sea issue. When the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAN) was concluded a few days earlier, the Japanese government released a joint declaration signed with the Kenyan side during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit there. We notice that the Kenyan side did not publicize this declaration, and that contents on maritime issues and the UN Security Council reform written in the declaration did not tally with the TICAD Nairobi Declaration. Do you have any response?
A: China has taken note that the Kenyan government reaffirmed its position on the UN Security Council reform and the South China Sea issue on its Foreign Ministry's website, showing firm support to the African Common Position as well as China's stance on the South China Sea issue. We also notice that the Kenyan side did not release the so-called joint declaration with Japan, but reaffirmed its position on the UN Security Council reform and the South China Sea issue instead. It is known that the Kenyan side has clarified that the so-called joint declaration is nothing but a unilateral statement by Japan instead of an agreement between Japan and Kenya. Kenya is committed to upholding the African Common Position on UN Security Council reform and supporting China's position on the South China Sea issue. This position remains consistent and clear.
This once again reveals Japan's attempts to impose its own will on African countries for selfish gains. Japan's act is inappropriate and disrespectful, and will by no means win the trust of African countries.