|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on October 15, 2013|
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on October 15, 2013.
Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:
At the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of the Republic of India will pay an official visit to China from October 22 to 24.
Prime Minister Singh's visit marks another important high-level visit between China and India following Premier Li Keqiang's visit to India last May. This will be the first time for Prime Ministers of the two countries to exchange visits within one year since 1954. It will be of great significance to deepening China-India strategic cooperative partnership.
Chinese leaders will meet and hold talks with Prime Minister Singh during his visit, having in-depth discussions on bilateral relations as well as issues of common interest. Prime Minister Singh will also deliver a speech in the Party School of the CPC Central Committee.
China and India are the two largest developing countries and important emerging economies in the world. The relationship between the two countries has assumed strategic significance and global implication, and achieved all-round development over recent years. Premier Li Keqiang's successful visit to India last May has yielded fruitful results, which underpin the in-depth development of China-India comprehensive strategic cooperation in the new era. We will work with the Indian side to build up strategic mutual trust, boost practical cooperation as well as cultural and people-to-people exchanges, enhance communication and coordination on major international and regional issues and advance China-India strategic cooperative partnership through this visit.
Q: The new round of talks between P5+1 countries and Iran will be held in Geneva. What is China's expectation for the meeting?
A: We always believe that dialogue and cooperation is the only correct way that leads to the comprehensive, long-term and proper settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue. As the new round of talks is just around the corner, all relevant parties should seize the opportunity, step up diplomatic efforts, properly deal with differences, work for a feasible solution, usher in a new phase for substantive negotiation and strive for early progress. China will stay in touch with all relevant parties and continue its constructive role in encouraging talks for a peaceful settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue.
Q: Recent reports published by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung of Switzerland disclosed the human tragedy instigated by the 14th Dalai Lama in collusion with Swiss businessmen in the 1960s, when nearly 200 Tibetan kids were "orphanized" by being brutally taken away from their biological parents and adopted by Swiss families. What is your comment on that?
A: We have noted relevant reports in the Swiss newspaper. Tibetan "Orphans" Are Not Real Orphans and An Apology from the Dalai Lama Is of Enormous Importance are the two articles recently published by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, which go into details about how the Dalai clique took Tibeten children away from their parents through coercive measures and entrusted them to the care of Swiss families as "orphans". The "Tibetan orphans" incident schemed by the 14th Dalai for his political agenda of "Tibetan independence" has torn hundreds of families apart. What has been done by the Dalai clique tramples relentlessly on children's rights and blatantly violates ethics and morality. Every virtuous and peace-loving people should strongly condemn this despicable action.
Q: Do you have any details on Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Vietnam?
A: During Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Vietnam, he held talks with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and met respectively with General-Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung of the Vietnamese National Assembly and other leaders. They had an in-depth exchange of views on China-Vietnam relations, signed and released a host of cooperation documents and agreements.
Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Vietnam is fruitful. The two sides reached an important agreement of establishing and putting in place within this year three joint working teams for parallel progress in cooperation in maritime, land and financial sectors. It marks a great breakthrough in China-Vietnam relations facing the future. The establishment of the working team on the consultation of joint maritime development, in particular, is a positive signal sent by the two sides for cooperation in solving difficult problems. This also shows that China and Vietnam have the capacity and wisdom to safeguard peace of the South China Sea, expand common interests and manage and narrow differences. Premier Li Keqiang's visit is of great significance to enhancing bilateral mutual trust, deepening and expanding practical cooperation and promoting the sustained, sound and long-term development of China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic partnership for cooperation. You may refer to relevant news releases for the specifics of the visit.
Q: It is reported that Indian Prime Minister Singh will propose to set up Chinese business parks in India to attract more direct investment from China. What is China's comment? Will the two sides talk about the China-India border issue?
A: The two sides are in close communication on what will be discussed during Prime Minister Singh's visit to China.
China and India, as the two largest developing countries and emerging markets in the world, enjoy enormous potential and broad prospect of trade and economic cooperation. During Premier Li Keqiang's visit to India last May, the two sides agreed to engage in cooperation in the building of industrial parks, in a bid to provide a platform for cluster development of Chinese and Indian companies. China, on its part, is ready to enhance cooperation with the Indian side in this regard and create favorable conditions for companies from both sides in terms of market expansion and mutual investment.
With regard to the border affairs, relevant departments of the two sides are in close communication. Leaders of the two countries have reached such an agreement that joint efforts should be made to uphold peace and tranquility of the border areas. The situation in the China-India border areas is peaceful and stable. We would like to work with the Indian side to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas and prevent relevant issue from hampering the sound growth of China-India relations.
Q: First, will China and India seal any agreement on the border issue during Prime Minister Singh's visit to China? Second, can we expect a major increase of Chinese investment to India, in order to address the trade imbalance between China and India?
A: On your first question, relevant departments of China and India are in close communication. The Fourth Meeting of the China-India Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on Border Affairs was held recently, in which the two sides explored ways to improve the working mechanism so as to build up its capacity and efficiency in dealing with border-related affairs. The two sides will honor their commitment and take concrete actions to jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border areas.
On your second question, China attaches importance to its investment in India and takes seriously the issue of trade imbalance between China and India. China never intentionally pursues trade surplus, instead, China is ready to step up cooperation with the Indian side to further raise trade volume and improve its quality so as to strike a dynamic trade balance and deliver more benefits of the win-win cooperation to the two peoples.