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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on September 21, 2016
2016-09-21

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Alexander Lukashenko of the Republic of Belarus will pay a state visit to China from September 28 to 30.

Q: According to media reports, advisor to Mongolia's Ministry of Road and Transportation Development said on September 20 that the Belt and Road initiative will facilitate the building of the China-Mongolia Economic Corridor and provide new opportunities for Mongolia to start new railway programs. Mongolia plans to build 550 kilometers of new railways and extend the existing railway in the next 4 years in order to connect to the China-Europe trade route. What is your comment?

A: The Belt and Road initiative is proposed to enhance connectivity of the Eurasian continent, and facilitate the diversification of economy, energy and trade routes of inland countries. This will help countries along the belt and road create domestic demand and job opportunities and improve people's well-being. Since the Belt and Road initiative came into being three years ago, remarkable progress and achievements which are well beyond our expectation have been witnessed by all, and widely supported and recognized by nearby countries.

As the first multilateral economic corridor set up under the framework of the Belt and Road initiative and a shining example of multilateral openness and cooperation, the China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor is significant in promoting China-Mongolia-Russia trilateral cooperation and regional cooperation in Eurasia. We are willing to work alongside Mongolia and other countries to proceed with pragmatic cooperation on infrastructure connectivity and bring tangible benefits to people's well-being.

Q: The next UN Secretary-General is about to be revealed. We see media reports in Bulgaria saying that UN Secretary-General candidate Irina Bokova may be replaced. We also notice that Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Bokova in June. What is China's attitude towards Bokova's running campaign? Will China stick to the system of regional rotation? Will there be a female Secretary-General for the UN?

A: The UN Secretary-General, as the chief executive of the UN Secretariat which is one of the six major organs of the UN, carries important responsibilities and expectations of all countries. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, we hope that a capable candidate who can earnestly fulfill the duties stipulated in the UN Charter can be elected pursuant to the UN Charter after a widely-based consultation.

As you just mentioned, within the UN, the Security Council in particular, thorough discussions are underway on the next UN Secretary-General. China will work with other UN members to select a qualified and competent Secretary-General in a responsible spirit.

Q: US President Barack Obama said at the UN General Assembly yesterday that Russia is now interfering in other country's domestic affairs, and that Russia is recovering the past glory using national power. Do you have any response?

A: I will not comment on the specific remarks. As you all know, China is committed to not interfering in other's domestic affairs and respecting all countries' sovereignty and territorial integrity in international relations. The UN Charter also has clear provisions about this. We hope that all countries, big or small, will honor their pledges to earnestly comply with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.

Q: Two US supersonic bombers flew over the ROK today. This is the second time that US planes did so since the DPRK conducted a nuclear test on September 9. What is your comment?

A: China holds a clear position on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. We are committed to realizing denuclearization of the Peninsula, upholding peace and stability and properly resolving issues through dialogue and consultation. The Peninsula has seen an escalation of tensions since the DPRK conducted its 5th nuclear test. We call on all relevant parties to exercise restraint and avoid taking actions that may add to tension.

Q: 63 telecom fraud suspects including several from Taiwan were escorted from Cambodia back to China's mainland yesterday. Taiwan expressed regret over this. Do you have any comment?

A: It is not our remit to comment on the remarks made by Taiwan. You may ask the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council for the official position.

Regarding the specific case, the Chinese side highly applauds and appreciates Cambodia for sticking to the one-China policy and cooperating with China to crack down on cross-border crimes, including telecom fraud.

The Chinese Ministry of Public Security has released information on this case. Relevant authorities of China will deal with these suspects in accordance with law. This will help us crack the case, deliver an effective blow to crimes and protect the legitimate rights and interests of the victims. We believe this will be understood and supported by the Chinese people across the Strait and the international community.

Q: New Zealand today decided to repatraite Kim Kyung Yup to China. A court in New Zealand once urged the Minister of Justice of New Zealand to give a second thought on this decision. Do you have any response?

A: We have been following this case, and need to check its latest development.

As we have been saying, we hope and have the confidence to carry out justice and law enforcement cooperation with relevant countries based on mutual trust and win-win cooperation, as this is in the common interests of China, New Zealand and other countries that cooperate with China.

Q: It is reported that the UN decided to stop humanitarian aid convoys from entering Syria, as the earlier air strikes destroyed at least 18 trucks delivering humanitarian goods. The US has blamed the air strikes and breach of the ceasefire on Russia. What is your comment?

A: The situation in Syria in the last few days has drawn close attention from the world. China is also concerned about the development there. We have noted what happened in Syria and regret over the casualties.

I would like to reiterate that the Syrian ceasefire agreement between the US and Russia did not come easily. China calls on all parties concerned to step up coordination and cooperation, follow through the ceasefire agreement, and create favorable conditions for the early resumption of peace talks and successful delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Q: A military camp in the Kashmir region controlled by India was under attack. India then accused Pakistan of supporting cross-border terrorism, while Pakistan said that India deliberately tarnished Pakistan's international image in order to distract the international community from the situation in the Kashmir region. India-Pakistan relations have thus been strained. Do you have any comment?

A: We are deeply concerned about the violence and casualties caused by attacks in the Kashmir region, as well as the strained relations between India and Pakistan over this. We urge relevant parties to exercise restraint and avoid fueling the tension.

China holds a consistent position on anti-terrorism. We are constantly opposed to all forms of terrorism, maintaining that terrorist threats be addressed through enhanced international cooperation in order to safeguard the human society.

Both India and Pakistan are significant countries in the region. We hope that the two countries will step up communication and dialogue, properly deal with their differences and jointly contribute to regional peace, stability and security.

Q: According to media reports, foreign ministers of BRICS met with each other on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and talked about reaching an international convention on anti-terrorism with the support of the UN as soon as possible. Is it true? What have they talked about?

A: Foreign Ministers of BRICS held a regular meeting on the sidelines of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly yesterday local time. They touched upon international and regional hotspot issues of common interest as well as the issue you just mentioned. This meeting produced a news release which elaborates on various issues. We believe that BRICS countries will join hands to move forward our common goals following the consensus reached in the foreign ministers' meeting.

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