|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on February 14, 2014|
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on February 14, 2014.
Q: US Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting China. Please tell us more about that.
A: US Secretary of State Kerry is in China for a visit. President Xi Jinping met with him this morning, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has just concluded talks with him. This afternoon, Premier Li Keqiang and State Councillor Yang Jiechi will also meet respectively with Secretary of State Kerry. Relevant information will be released in due course. Now I would like to brief you on the meeting between President Xi Jinping and Secretary of State Kerry and the talks between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and him.
Secretary of State Kerry relayed President Barack Obama's New Year wishes to President Xi Jinping during their meeting, saying that President Obama is looking forward to meeting again with President Xi Jinping in the near future and maintaining close communication with him in the new year.
President Xi Jinping asked Secretary of State Kerry to convey his greetings to President Obama and tell him that China is firmly committed to building the new model of major-country relationship with the US and is ready to enhance dialogue with the US to build up mutual trust, deepen cooperation, properly manage differences and push for sustained, sound and steady growth of bilateral relations.
President Xi Jinping stressed that China and the US should maintain close high-level exchanges and strategic communication, jointly champion and develop the Strategic and Economic Dialogues, High-level Consultation on Cultural and People-to-people Exchanges, Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and other institutional dialogues, expand cooperation in business, cultural and people-to-people exchanges, military, energy and other fields and at subnational level, and strengthen dialogue, coordination and cooperation on major regional and international issues.
Secretary of State Kerry said that the US and China are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties. The past 35 years has seen China's rapid development. The US attaches great importance to building the new model of major-country relationship with China. As the two largest economies in the world, the US and China should step up practical cooperation, manage differences and constantly lend new impetus to the growth of bilateral ties.
The two sides also exchanged views on climate change and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. President Xi Jinping elaborated on China's position on the above issues.
During Foreign Minister Wang Yi's talks with Secretary of State Kerry, he applauded the meeting between President Xi Jinping and President Obama at the Annenberg Estate last year as a historic one, which charted the course for the long-term development of bilateral relations by putting forward the idea of building the new model of major-country relationship. Just now, President Xi Jinping has made important suggestions on the development of China-US relations in the new year during his meeting with Secretary of State Kerry. China is ready to take the opportunity of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and make joint efforts with the US to implement the important consensus between the two presidents, respect and accommodate each other's core interests and major concerns, enhance dialogue and exchanges at not only leadership but also other levels, expand practical cooperation in various fields, properly manage differences and disputes, apply the principle of non confrontation, non conflict, mutual respect and win-win cooperation to every aspect of bilateral relations, accumulate and release positive energy of China-US relations, so that bilateral relations will continue to advance along the right course and deliver more benefits to the two peoples and people around the world.
Secretary of State Kerry said that he was honored to meet with President Xi Jinping this morning. Their meeting was positive and constructive. The US stands ready to enhance communication and cooperation with the Chinese side in the new year to push for new progress in the building of the new model of major-country relationship.
Q: The DPRK and the ROK held a second round of high-level talks in Panmunjom today. It is said that the reunion of families separated by the Korean war, US-ROK military drills and other issues will be discussed during the talks. What is China's comment?
A: We have noted relevant reports. The resumption of high-level talks between the DPRK and the ROK showcases the two countries' willingness of improving relations. China encourages and supports that. As the close neighbor of the Korean Peninsula, China has long been supporting the two sides in improving relations through dialogue and promoting reconciliation and cooperation. We hope that the two sides could seize the opportunity and make efforts to relax regional tensions. We hope to see substantive results of the talks.
Q: Chinese workers were killed and injured during an attack at a Chinese-funded enterprise in Zambia the other day. Please give us more details about the case and what China has done.
A: On the early morning of February 12 local time, a Chinese-funded enterprise in the Zambian capital of Lusaka was robbed by local gunmen, leaving seven Chinese workers injured. One of the injured died despite all the rescue efforts. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of China and the Chinese Embassy in Zambia attached high importance to the case and started the emergency mechanism immediately after learning the case. The Chinese Ambassador to Zambia went to the hospital to visit the injured Chinese workers and family members of the dead and required the Zambian side to treat and cure the injured with all their strength. The Embassy wasted no time in contacting experts from the surgeons team and medical team sent by China to Zambia for treatment, assisted the enterprise in properly dealing with follow-up matters and urged the competent authorities of Zambia to solve the case as soon as possible, bring the perpetrators to justice and take effective measures to protect Chinese citizens in Zambia.
Center for Consular Assistance and Protection of the MFA and the Chinese Embassy in Zambia will follow closely the development of the case and continue to help the relevant enterprise and affected families to properly deal with follow-up matters.
Q: Which Chinese official will lead the delegation to the upcoming nuclear talks between the P5+1 and Iran? What is China's expectation for the talks?
A: China will send a delegation at a proper level to the negotiation in Vienna on a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue. Relevant information will be released in due course.
We believe that the upcoming negotiation is an important opportunity to press ahead with the political dialogue on the Iranian nuclear issue. We hope that all parties will seize the opportunity, focus on the overall interests, hold consultations on an equal footing, show flexibility, accommodate each other's concerns, properly deal with differences, explore a comprehensive resolution that is conducive to the international non-proliferation regime as well as peace and stability in the Middle East and work for an early progress. China is ready to stay in close communication and coordination with all parties and play a constructive role.
Q: A US official reportedly said the other day that China could do more on the Korean nuclear issue. How does China respond?
A: With regard to the efforts made by China for the settlement of the Korean nuclear issue, we have repeatedly expounded on that. As a responsible major country, China has been playing its due role in resolving the Korean nuclear issue by reaching out to all parties of the Six-Party Talks through various channels and staying in close communication with them. We are of the view that denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula should be discussed within the framework of the Six-Party Talks and that the legitimate concerns of the DPRK and other parties should be resolved in a balanced way. To safeguard peace and stability of the Peninsula, which serves the common interests of all relevant parties, is their shared responsibility. China will continue to work actively to that end and hopes that all relevant parties could shoulder their due responsibility. Under the current circumstances in particular, all parties should make constructive efforts to ease the tension of the Peninsula and create enabling conditions for the resumption of the Six-Party Talks at an early date.
Q: A senior official of the US Navy said that the US will come to the aid of the Philippines in the event of conflict with China over disputed waters in the South China Sea. Do you have a response to that?
A: We have noted the relevant report. China always maintains that the South China Sea dispute should be solved through bilateral negotiation and consultation between countries directly-concerned based on respect for historical facts and international law. The US-Philippine alliance, which is a bilateral arrangement, should not harm the interests of a third party. The US, who is not a party concerned in the South China Sea dispute, should honor its commitment of not taking sides on territorial sovereignty issue, be discreet in word and deed and do more for peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific, rather than the opposite.