SMM News: original title: foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang held a regular press conference on May 7, 2019
Q: it is understood that China and Japan have agreed to hold the eleventh round of high-level consultations on ocean affairs within this year. Has the specific time, place and topics of the consultations been determined?
A: as agreed by both sides, the eleventh round of high-level consultations on maritime affairs between China and Japan will be held in Otaru, Japan from 10 to 11 May. Personnel from the diplomatic, defense, maritime law enforcement and maritime management departments of the two sides will attend.
The high-level consultation on ocean affairs between China and Japan is a comprehensive communication and coordination mechanism for maritime affairs between the two sides. China looks forward to a full exchange of views with Japan on sea-related issues of common concern in this round of consultations so as to enhance mutual understanding and trust.
We will release information on the details of the consultation in a timely manner.
Q: a question about Sino-US economic and trade consultations. China's Ministry of Commerce has just announced that Vice Premier Liu he will travel to Washington this week for consultations. Yesterday, some US officials criticized China's position on some substantive commitments. Do you have any comment on this?
A: China has always believed that mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit are the premise and basis for reaching an agreement, and the levying of tariffs will not solve any problems. What I need to clarify here is that the negotiations themselves are a process of discussion and it is normal for the two sides to have differences. The Chinese side does not evade contradictions and is sincere in continuing consultations.
Q: it is still about Sino-US economic and trade consultations. The Chinese side has repeatedly said that it will not negotiate under the threat of the US side. Against the backdrop of the US threat to impose tariffs, Vice Premier Liu he will still go to the United States. Does this mean that China has changed its position, or does it mean that China does not take such threats seriously?
A: I answered similar questions yesterday. The US side has threatened to impose tariffs on some Chinese products, and similar situations have occurred many times before. China's position and attitude have always been very clear, and the US side is also very clear about this.
The introduction of tariffs will not solve any problems. We still hope that the US side can make joint efforts with the Chinese side, act in the opposite direction, take care of each other's reasonable concerns on the basis of mutual respect and equal treatment, and strive to reach a mutually beneficial and win-win agreement.
Q: it is reported that US Secretary of State Pompeo delivered a speech on the occasion of attending the Arctic Council ministerial meeting in Finland on the 6th, criticizing and accusing China of its participation in Arctic affairs. What is China's comment on this?
A: the criticism and criticism of the US individuals on China's participation in Arctic affairs is totally inconsistent with the facts, and contrary to the general trend of peace and cooperation in the Arctic, it is completely subversive in black and white and has ulterior motives.
China has always participated in Arctic affairs in an open, cooperative and win-win manner. On the Arctic issue, we adhere to the leadership of scientific research and advocate environmental protection, rational use, governance according to law and international cooperation. We do not play the geographical game small abacus, do not engage in closed exclusive circles.
The Arctic issue not only involves Arctic countries, but also has global significance and international implications. China will not intervene offside in a matter entirely between Arctic countries. However, China will not be absent on trans-regional and global issues in the Arctic, and can and is willing to play a constructive role.
China is willing to work with relevant parties to understand the Arctic, protect the Arctic, make use of the Arctic and participate in the governance of the Arctic, so as to contribute to the peace, stability and sustainable development of the Arctic.
Q: it is reported that the Panamanian Electoral Court announced that the Panamanian Democratic Revolutionary Party presidential candidate Cortiso won the general election. What is China's comment on this?
A: China warmly congratulates Mr. Cortiso on his election as President of Panama. It is believed that under the leadership of President Cortiso, Panama will make new achievements in its national development.
Panama is an important country in Central America. In 2017, China and Pakistan established diplomatic relations on the basis of the one-China principle. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations 23 months ago, China-Pakistan relations have made considerable progress, and cooperation in various fields has yielded fruitful results. China attaches great importance to the development of China-Pakistan relations and is willing to work with Pakistan to enhance mutual trust, deepen cooperation and promote the continued healthy and stable development of China-Pakistan relations in accordance with the principles of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit and non-interference in each other's internal affairs. Continue to benefit the two countries and the two peoples.
Q: vice Premier Liu he will arrive in the United States on Thursday. Does this mean that the United States will delay the tariff plan originally scheduled to be implemented on Friday?
A: I'm afraid you'll have to ask the US side. As I said just now, the introduction of tariffs will not solve any problems.
Q: first question, I have heard that the economic and trade agreement between China and the United States will contain secret provisions on China's commitment to reduce oil imports from Iran. Can you confirm that? Second, the United States sends an aircraft carrier strike group to Iran. How do you comment on this? If the United States imposes a trade embargo on Iran, Iran may withdraw from the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue reached in 2015 after the United States. What is China's comment?
A: let me answer your second question first. We have taken note of the reports. China has always advocated resolving differences through dialogue and consultation on the basis of mutual respect, and hopes that foreign powers will do more things conducive to peace and stability in the Middle East and avoid actions that lead to a further escalation of regional tensions.
With regard to the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue, which is a multilateral agreement approved by the United Nations Security Council, it is crucial to the maintenance of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime and peace and stability in the Middle East and should be fully and effectively implemented. China appreciates that Iraq has strictly fulfilled its obligations under the comprehensive agreement so far, and hopes that all parties concerned will jointly safeguard the comprehensive agreement in the overall situation and in the long run. This is in the common interest of the international community.
With regard to your first question, I don't know where you got the news. I haven't heard of it.
Q: according to a report published in the Guardian today, according to some photos obtained in Xinjiang, more than 20 mosques have been demolished in Xinjiang in recent years. What is China's comment on this? Does China intend to invite diplomats from Britain or other countries to Xinjiang?
A: I don't know what you mentioned. China implements the policy of freedom of religious belief, manages religious affairs in accordance with the law, resolutely opposes and crack down on religious extremist ideas, ensures the normal religious needs of religious believers in accordance with the law, and respects the customs of religious people. China now has more than 20 million Muslims and more than 35,000 mosques, and the broad masses of religious believers are free to engage in religious activities in accordance with the law. It is hoped that the media concerned will not be keen on spreading gossip and hearsay.
As for your reference to the visit of the British side and other foreign parties to Xinjiang, Xinjiang is an open area, and the people concerned can go on the premise of abiding by the laws of China and going through the corresponding formalities.
Q: what is China's consideration of Thursday's Sino-US economic and trade consultations?
A: when you ask the Chinese side for its consideration, I can tell you clearly that our consideration is that the two sides should work together and face each other, and strive to take care of each other's reasonable concerns on the basis of mutual respect and equal treatment. Try to reach a mutually beneficial and win-win agreement.
Q: according to a long report in today's New York Times, hackers working for the Chinese intelligence service have obtained the cyber attack tools of the US National Security Agency. It was modified and used to attack foreign institutions and computer networks, including five U. S. allies. What is China's comment on this?
A: I haven't seen the report you said. On the issue of cyber attacks, there are all kinds of voices from time to time, but when the accusations are made, there has never been any tangible evidence.
Cybersecurity is a global challenge that requires the cooperation of the international community. China and the United States have a good basis for cooperation in the field of cyber security, and we hope that the United States will continue to cooperate with China in this field. It is not constructive to always criticize others out of thin air and "label" others without evidence.
Q: it has recently been reported that the United States has decided to relax the implementation of a cyber security agreement reached between China and the United States in 2015, and the United States now attaches less importance to this agreement. Is this agreement still valid for China? Has new progress been made in the implementation of the agreement?
A: what does the US side think of this agreement? you should ask the US side.
As for China's position, as I have just said, we are willing to work together with the United States and other relevant parties to address cyber security challenges and safeguard cyberspace security through dialogue and cooperation.