|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Regular Press Conference on November 14, 2016|
Q: On November 12, a bomb attack at a shrine in the Khuzdar district of Balochistan, Pakistan killed more than 60 and injured over 100. Do you have any comment on this?
A: China is deeply shocked by the massive casualties caused by the terrorist attack on the shrine in the Khuzdar district of Balochistan, Pakistan. We strongly condemn this terrorist attack, express our deep condolences to the victims and sincere sympathies to the injured and the bereaved families.
China opposes all forms of terrorism and will continue to support Pakistan's efforts to fight terrorism, maintain national stability and protect people's life.
Q: According to media reports, President Xi Jinping and US President-elect Donald Trump agreed to meet each other at an early date during their phone conversation. What is the exact date of the meeting?
A: This morning, Chinese President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with US President-elect Donald Trump, the press release of which has already been made public. Like you said, the two leaders agreed to maintain close contact, establish a good working relationship and meet at an early date to exchange views on the development of bilateral relations and issues of common concern in a timely manner. China has been keeping close contact with the US side, including Mr. Trump's team, and we will continue to do so.
Q: US President-elect Trump said last week in his victory speech that he will rebuild America's roads and bridges, and put millions of Americans to work. As a construction giant with the biggest and longest rails, bridges and highways, is China willing to help the US in this rebuilding program if it is open to foreign participation? In what areas can China help? Will the economic and trade disputes between the two countries stand in the way of this infrastructure cooperation?
A: China attaches great importance to its relations with the US and looks forward to working with the new US government to expand all-round cooperation at the bilateral, regional and international levels on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit for win-win results, and move forward the bilateral relationship in a sustained, sound and stable way. As for specific areas of bilateral cooperation, including infrastructure construction, we are open and positive towards any cooperation projects that are beneficial to the two countries and two peoples.
Q: According to the US media reports, the Obama administration has suspended the TPP. What is your response to that?
A: We have stated our position on the TPP many times.
I would like to reiterate that in principle, China is positive and open towards all trade arrangements that promote Asia-Pacific economic integration and liberalization and facilitation of regional trade and investment. Meanwhile, we believe that relevant trade arrangements should follow the WTO rules and enhance multilateral trade regimes. These free trade agreements should reinforce each other. Fragmentation shall be avoided and economic and trade arrangements must in no way be exploited for political purposes.
Due to these considerations, China worked alongside relevant parties to initiate and move forward the process of Asia-Pacific Free Trade Area. During the upcoming APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, China will also exchange views on this topic with other participants.
Q: Philippine President Duterte said last week that the result of the US presidential election will not change his decision to seek closer ties with China and other Southeast Asian countries. He will continue to push forward relevant work and will not go back on his words. What is your comment?
A: We have noted these remarks made by President Duterte. He has made clear once again to the international community, with his recent words and actions, his position on improving relations with China , which suits the fundamental and long-term interests of the two sides.
We are now seeing an overall improvement of China-Philippines relations, and we would like to work with the Philippine side to further promote friendly cooperation and reap more tangible outcomes for the benefit of the two countries and the people.
China pursues its relationship with countries around the world in the spirit of openness, inclusiveness, mutual benefit and win-win results. We believe in all the normal state-to-state relationship for friendly cooperation that are based on equality and mutual respect, and hope such kind of relationship can be conducive to regional peace, stability and development.
Q: There are media reports saying that US President-elect Trump is looking for faster ways to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement. What is China's response to this?
A: Climate change is a common challenge to the mankind. With concerted efforts, especially the strong push from China and the US, the Paris Agreement was agreed upon by the international community last year, and later entered into force in November.
China stands ready to work with the international community including the US to strengthen cooperation in the field of combating climate change and contribute to the global efforts of promoting green, low-carbon, and sustainable development.
Q: Indian Prime Minister Modi visited Japan recently. The two countries signed a civil nuclear deal and a series of cooperative agreements. There were also references about the South China Sea in their joint statement. How does China look at his visit to Japan?
A: Regarding the nuclear agreement between India and Japan, China always maintains that on the premise of fulfilling international nuclear non-proliferation obligations, all countries are entitled to making peaceful use of nuclear energy and conducting relevant international cooperation which shall safeguard the authority and effectiveness of the international non-proliferation regime.
As for their joint statement and the references to the South China Sea, the situation in the South China Sea is easing up thanks to the concerted efforts of regional countries including China. All parties have reiterated their commitment at different levels to returning to the right track of peacefully resolving relevant disputes through negotiation and consultation. We hope that non-regional countries can respect efforts made by regional countries, help preserve and cement the sound momentum going on in the South China Sea, and contribute to regional peace and stability.
Q: Was the South China Sea issue raised at all during the phone conversation between President Xi and President-elect Trump? What about some other issues between the two countries, like cyber-security and alleged currency manipulation?
A: As is stated in the press release, President Xi congratulated President-elect Trump on his election during their phone conversation. The two sides reaffirmed the importance their attached to bilateral relations and agreed to make joint efforts to push forward China-US relations.