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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on September 2, 2016

2016/09/02

Q: The Eastern Economic Forum will be held in Vladivostok, Russia. What does China expect from this Forum? Who will represent China to this Forum?

A: The Eastern Economic Forum is a new significant platform for China and Russia to jointly develop the Far-East, which China attaches great importance to. Chen Changzhi, Vice Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee will lead the Chinese delegation to the Forum. China is willing to take an active part in Russia's Far-East development, strengthen cooperation with Russia based on win-win cooperation, draw on each other's strength, tap into the potentials for cooperation, and achieve common development of the China-Russia neighboring areas.

Q: first, can you update us on the 21 Chinese nationals who are infected with Zika in Singapore? Are they living in Singapore? Is China planning to take any measures? Second, will there be a meeting between the Chinese and US leaders tomorrow?

A: On your first question, I have answered it yesterday and have nothing new to add.

On your second question, as the G20 Hangzhou Summit raises the curtain, we welcome President Obama's attendance at the Summit. President Xi Jinping will hold meetings with him. Currently the two sides are in close communication and coordination on the arrangement, agenda and outcomes of the leaders' meeting. We anticipate the two leaders to exchange views on China-US relations and other issues of common interest. We will keep you posted.

Q: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his wish to visit China within this year. He also reportedly said that he would meet with Premier Li Keqiang while attending the leaders' meetings on East Asia cooperation in Laos. Can you confirm this? What's your comment?

A: China-Philippines friendship meets the fundamental interests of the two countries and the common inspiration of the people, coinciding with the popular will and the trend of the time. China attaches importance to developing relations with the Philippines, and the high-level face-to-face exchanges are important to foster mutual understanding, enhance mutual trust, and improve bilateral relations.

China welcomes President Duterte's visit to China, and hopes that he can make this visit at an early date. Regarding the possible bilateral leaders' meeting on the sidelines of the meetings in Laos, we are still gathering information on that. China is open to this proposal.

Q: The US Chamber of Commerce released a report yesterday, saying that China's policy on national security has affected the free flow of trade and investment. What is your response?

A: Yesterday I responded to the report published by the EU Chamber of Commerce in China. I haven't seen the report you asked about. Without knowing its contents, I cannot comment on it. But I want to point out that as we all see, in the first seven months of this year, the number of foreign-invested enterprises set up in China and the volume of the actual input of foreign investment have been continuously increasing. These figures speak volumes. As to the real condition of China's investment environment, relevant people from the US, the EU and other countries should ask themselves what they have gained from China's development and its huge market. We hope that when publishing such reports or making comments, they can depict China's development and its investment environment in a matter-of-fact, objective, and unbiased way. Also, we hope that relevant countries can ensure an open, fair, and transparent environment for Chinese enterprises investing and operating overseas, instead of obstructing their normal investment and operations by citing national security reasons.

Q: ROK President Park Geun-hye said in an interview with the RIA that the deployment of THAAD does not target any third country, and the crux of the Korean Peninsula issue is the nuclear threat posed by the DPRK. There will be need for the ROK to deploy THAAD once this issue is resolved in the future. What's your comment? As the DPRK's closest partner, will China take more positive efforts to push the DPRK to settle this issue?

A: To start with, China has repeatedly stated its position, namely three commitments, on the current situation of the Korean Peninsula. We are committed to upholding peace and stability of the Peninsula, proceeding with the denuclearization process on the Peninsula, and resolving relevant issues through dialogue and consultation. This meets the common interests of relevant parties, and is the common responsibility shared by all. Various parties should make proactive and constructive efforts to move forward the denuclearization process and realize long-lasting peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.

China holds a consistent and firm position on the US' deployment of THAAD in the ROK. We are opposed to this move as it jeopardizes regional strategic balance as well as China's strategic interests. We hope that China's legitimate national security interests can be respected.

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