SMM Network News:
Q: it is reported that Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir said during his attendance at the 25th International Exchange Conference on "the Future of Asia" that we should abandon ideological differences and establish friendly relations and seek cooperation with other countries. Now that China is becoming more and more open, the cultural and political systems of the East and the West should learn from and promote each other. What is China's comment?
A: yesterday, my colleagues responded positively to Prime Minister Mahathir's fair remarks on the same occasion that the United States and the West should not suppress Huawei in China. We once again highly affirm and appreciate the views expressed by Prime Minister Mahathir on the dialogue among civilizations that you have just mentioned. We also advise those who advocate the so-called "theory of superiority of civilization" and "theory of conflict of civilization" to listen to the advice of this senior politician in his 90s.
At present, unilateralism and protectionism continue to spread, and the international order and the multilateral trading system have been seriously impacted. Under such circumstances, it is particularly important for all countries to abandon ideological prejudices, strengthen exchanges and cooperation, and work together to meet challenges. During the Asian Civilization Dialogue Conference held in Beijing not long ago, all the countries attending the meeting stressed that different countries, peoples, and civilizations should adhere to mutual respect, equality, openness, tolerance, and mutual learning. China is willing to work with other countries in the world, including Malaysia, to uphold the above spirit, firmly safeguard multilateralism, safeguard the current international order, and shoulder our due responsibility and responsibility for promoting world peace and development.
In addition, today coincides with the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Malaysia, and the leaders of China and Malaysia have exchanged congratulatory messages. Malaysia is a friendly neighbor and important cooperative partner of China, and China has always attached great importance to Sino-Malaysian relations. We are willing to take the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries as an opportunity to continue to enhance mutual trust and deepen cooperation with Malaysia, inject new connotations into the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Malaysia, and inject more positive energy into peace and development in the region and the world at large.
Q: vice President Wang Qishan recently paid a very successful visit to Pakistan. During the meeting, he met with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, launched four large-scale cooperation projects under the framework of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, including Huawei's Technical support Center, and signed cooperation agreements in the economic, social and other fields. What is China's comment on this?
A: indeed, as you said, Vice President Wang Qishan's visit to Pakistan has been a complete success.
During the visit, Vice Chairman Wang Qishan held separate meetings and talks with President Arvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan and had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern. The two sides agreed to deepen high-level exchanges, strengthen strategic communication, promote the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and practical cooperation in various fields, promote people-to-people exchanges and cooperation, and close coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs. We will promote the continuous development of the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between China and Pakistan.
The leaders of the two countries have jointly witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents in the fields of agriculture, customs and disaster relief between China and Pakistan. Vice President Wang also met with Punjab Governor Sarwar and Chief Minister Buzdar. Vice President Wang's visit has further consolidated the friendship and mutual trust between China and Pakistan, promoted the good development momentum of bilateral relations, and helped to build a closer China-Pakistan community of destiny in the new era.
Q: it is reported that today, President Trump announced the imposition of tariffs on Mexican products on immigration issues, following negotiations between the two sides on the revision of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). What is China's comment on this? Will this affect the Sino-US economic and trade negotiations?
A: it seems more appropriate to ask the United States and Mexico, especially Mexico, how they feel.
What I would like to say here is that the United States has repeatedly resorted to trade bullying, and the victims are not just China. We have repeatedly stressed that in the face of US unilateralism and protectionist acts, the measures currently taken by China are safeguarding not only its legitimate and legitimate rights and interests, but also multilateralism and the global free trading system.
Q: it is reported that yesterday, US Vice President Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau once again called on China to release the two arrested Canadians. Vice President Pence said the issue would be discussed if President Trump met with President Xi on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka. What is China's comment on this?
A: with regard to the arrest of Kang Mingkai and Michael in accordance with the law, we have stated our position and briefed the situation many times, and I will not repeat them. Let me just remind you that we hope that Canada will recognize the consequences of picking up chestnuts from the fire of the United States, take early action to correct its mistakes, and not let itself suffer more and more harm.
As for your question about the meeting between the heads of state of China and the United States on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, I can tell you that the heads of state of China and the United States have been in contact in various ways, and I do not have any information on the specific meeting you asked about at the moment.
Q: it is reported that the Tokyo metropolitan government has just announced that Xiangxiang, a Japanese-born giant panda, was due to return to China next month and will remain in Tokyo until the end of next year. Is the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs aware of this matter? What's your comment?
A: I just got the news from you. I think this should be good news for the Japanese people. (reporter laughs)
Q: first, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and US Vice President Pence mentioned the Huawei issue during the meeting. Mr. Burns said the Chinese government collects foreign data through Huawei equipment, so he believes Huawei has potential risks. Do you have any comment on that? Secondly, yesterday, the United Kingdom and Canada issued a joint statement expressing once again their concern about the Hong Kong SAR Government's amendment to the Fugitive offenders Ordinance. How do you respond to that? Has China received any concerns or support from foreign consular officials or diplomatic representatives on the amendment?
A: your focus seems to be the second question. I'll answer your second question first.
We have repeatedly reiterated that the purpose of amending the Fugitive offenders Ordinance and the Mutual legal Assistance in Criminal matters Ordinance in the Hong Kong Special Administrative region is not only to resolve practical cases, but also to plug legal loopholes, with the aim of jointly combating crime and upholding the rule of law. To prevent Hong Kong from becoming a haven from sin. The Chinese Central Government fully supports the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative region in amending the relevant regulations. This position is very clear.
I would like to stress once again that Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs and no country, organization or individual has the right to interfere. We urge the parties concerned to take an objective and fair view of the Hong Kong SAR Government's legislative amendments in accordance with the law, respect the normal legislative process of the SAR, and stop interfering in the internal affairs of Hong Kong in various forms.
On the first question, our position is very clear. We have repeatedly stressed that it is very dishonorable and immoral for the United States to use state forces to activate the entire state apparatus to crack down on a private enterprise in China. So far, the United States has not produced any evidence to prove that Huawei's products or services are at risk of security, and all the so-called charges are false. We hope that the US side will stop this erroneous practice, which is simply not commensurate with their status as a great power and their status as a great power.
Q: yesterday, China announced that President Xi Jinping will visit Russia. Statistics show that President Xi met with President Putin twice in two months. Some analysts believe that this is because in the context of Sino-US economic and trade frictions, China wants to hold groups to keep warm and move troops to rescue them. What do you think of this interpretation?
A: have you ever counted whether there were such frequent meetings between the heads of state of China and Russia before the economic and trade frictions between China and the United States occurred? I can tell you, it's always been like this.
As comprehensive strategic cooperative partners, China and Russia have always maintained close high-level exchanges. The two heads of state have annual arrangements for exchange of visits and have the practice of meeting during multilateral meetings. Therefore, it is very normal for the two heads of state to meet many times within a year to coordinate their positions on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern.
As permanent members of the UN Security Council, China and Russia have strengthened coordination and cooperation under the current situation and played an active role in safeguarding multilateralism and international justice, which have been generally welcomed and supported by the international community. Because it is also a resistance and hedge against unilateralism and protectionism.
Q: on the 30th, US President Trump said that the US side has handled the economic and trade issue with China very well. China is eager to reach an economic and trade agreement with the United States. We have reached an agreement before, but the Chinese side has broken the agreement. Tariffs imposed by the US on Chinese imports are having a devastating impact on China, prompting manufacturers in China to leave China for other Asian countries such as Vietnam. China is becoming a very weak country. What is China's comment on this?
A: the US side has said that this kind of lie has not been once or twice, and each time the Chinese side has exposed it in a timely manner. But the United States seems to be persistent, even obsessive, and is still repeating these lies over and over again. They seem to believe that the more they say, the more people believe; the more they say, the more they have the strength to do so.
Here, I would like to warn the United States, or that sentence, do not overestimate their own ability to tell rumors, and do not underestimate the judgment of others. The real strength does not come from repeated lies and fallacies, or from some illusion of self-weaving, but from complying with the trend of the times and winning the hearts and minds of the people.
The unilateralism and protectionist actions currently adopted by the US side have met with strong opposition from the people in the United States and aroused widespread criticism from the international community. We hope that the US side will have a clear understanding of the situation, rein in the horse at an early date and return to the right track.