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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Regular Press Conference on October 10, 2016

2016/10/10

Q: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced in a statement that the Paris Agreement will come into force on November 4. US President Barack Obama hailed the entry into force of the Agreement as a historic moment as the global campaign against climate change reaches a turning point. What is China's comment on that?

A: It takes less than one year for the Paris Agreement to be put into force, making it one of the most quickly ratified international treaties. The entry into force of the Agreement marks a new starting point for the multilateral process of global climate governance, from where the world will embark on a path of green and low-carbon growth. The conclusion and entry into force of the Agreement is a successful practice of international cooperation against global challenges, setting a good example for global governance in other aspects.

As a responsible and major developing country, China contributes its share to the conclusion and entry into force of the Agreement by taking concrete actions against climate change, and playing an active part in international climate governance. President Xi Jinping and President Obama have recently deposited the instruments of ratification with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, laying a solid foundation for the early entry into force of the Agreement.

The Chinese side is ready to work with other parties to enhance cooperation on climate change, ensure the effective implementation of the Agreement, forge ahead with follow-up negotiation on the Agreement and push for green, low-carbon and sustainable growth of the world.

Q: It is reported that a Chinese fishing boat illegally fishing in the ROK waters on October 7 rammed and sank a ROK coast guard speedboat. The ROK government has summoned the Chinese consul-general for strong protest, and is searching for the fishing boat involved. What is the Chinese government's position on that?

A: We have noted the report and contacted the Chinese Embassy in the ROK for information. We are also checking with relevant departments for more information. We hope that the ROK side will handle the issue in a reasonable and cool-headed way with the overall interests of bilateral relations and regional stability in mind.

Q: The Workers' Party of Korea celebrates its founding anniversary today. Has the Chinese side sent a message of congratulations? Separately, reports say that it is becoming increasingly likely that the DPRK will conduct the 6th nuclear test. What is China's comment on that?

A: On your first question, China and the DPRK are friendly neighbors. The two parties and countries have the tradition of friendly exchanges. October 10 marks the 71st anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea. The Chinese side has sent its congratulations to the DPRK.

Regarding your second question, we have seen the report. Under the current circumstances, we strongly urge relevant parties not to take actions that will heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Q: The US Senate and House of Representatives overturned President Obama's veto and passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) which allows US citizens to file lawsuits against foreign governments with US courts about terrorist attacks that kill US citizens on the US territory. Some countries have expressed strong concerns with the US about the Act. What is China's comment on that?

A: The Chinese side firmly opposes all forms of terrorism and supports the international community in conducting counter-terrorism cooperation. The Chinese side believes that the international endeavour against terrorism should bring into full play the leading role of the UN, conform to purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and follow international law and norms governing international relations, including sovereign equality and other international law principles. Countries must not put their domestic laws above international law, nor link terrorism with specific countries, nations or religions.

Q: Can you confirm that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit China in the coming week?

A: The Chinese side has expressed on multiple occasions that it welcomes President Duterte's willingness to visit China. We hope that he can make the trip at an early date. The two sides are communicating on that. We appreciate the importance attached by President Duterte to China-Philippines relations and believe that high-level exchanges between the two sides will help promote bilateral cooperation as well as peace, stability, development and prosperity of the region.

Q: First, I am wondering if the president of Sao Tome and Principe is going to attend the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation Between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries in Macao? If the president is not attending, who from the country is? Second, a video of the weekend showed the US Republican Candidate Donald Trump making discriminative comments about women. Do you think it is inappropriate for a presidential candidate to make such comments? Will it affect cooperation between China and the US?

A: On your first question, the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation Between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries will be held in Macao on October 11 and 12. The permanent secretariat of the forum has issued information concerning the conference. You can check on line for that.

As for your second question, we do not comment on remarks made by relevant candidates in the US presidential election.

Q: The situation in Syria has attracted full attention. What is China's take and position on the issue of Syria?

A: The situation in Syria is going from bad to worse, and we are concerned about that. All parties should stay on the path of political settlement, let the Syrian people make independent decision about the future of their country, uphold the role of the UN and the Security Council as the major vehicles for mediation and advance the process of resolving the Syrian issue in four parallel tracks, namely, the realization of a ceasefire, political negotiation, humanitarian relief and cooperation against terrorism. Parties in Syria should meet at the negotiation table rather than the battlefield so as to realize a ceasefire and cessation of violence, restart Geneva peace talks and arrive at arrangements that accommodate all parties' interests through the Syrian-owned and Syrian-led political process.

As the situation is rather complex, it is imperative for the international community to stay united. We hope that relevant parties, especially those that have leverage on the Syrian issue, can give priority to international peace and safety of the Syrian people, drop geopolitical calculations, act as one, build up consensus, stay committed to resolving the Syrian issue through political means and play a constructive role for peace and stability of Syria and the region.

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