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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on October 31, 2016
2016/10/31

Q: The 71st Session of the UN General Assembly re-elected China as member of the Human Rights Council (2017-2019) with 180 votes on October 28. Does the Chinese government have any comment on that?

A: 180 members of the UN General Assembly cast their ballot for China on October 28 in the election of the Human Rights Council from 2017 to 2019. It is the fourth time China has sat on the Human Rights council since its establishment.

The re-election of China speaks volumes for credit given by the international community to China for its achievement in developing human rights and activeness in conducting international communication and cooperation on human rights, enabling China to get more involved in international cooperation in this regard.

Taking the re-election as an opportunity, China will carry forward the spirit of equality, mutual trust, mutual learning and win-win cooperation, take a full part in global human rights governance, faithfully fulfill its international obligations in human rights, advance human rights communication and cooperation with foreign countries and make greater contribution to the international human rights cause.

Q: Reports say that the Chinese coast guard okayed Philippine fishermen's fishing near Huangyan Dao. Is there any string attached? Can they fish here every day, every week or permanently?

A: The Chinese side has always been exercising normal jurisdiction over Huangyan Dao. The situation there is and will remain unchanged.

We have seen all-round improvement of China-Philippines relations following President Duterte's visit to China. Under such circumstances, the Chinese side makes proper arrangements based on the friendship between China and the Philippines in response to the issue of President Duterte's concern.

Q: Can you update us on Special Envoy of the Chinese government on the Syrian issue Xie Xiaoyan's visit to Europe and Russia? Whom did he meet with and what consensus has been reached?

A: The Chinese government's Special Envoy on the Syrian issue Xie Xiaoyan visited the UK, France, the EU, Germany and Russia from October 17 to 28. He met with Tobias Ellwood, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK, Political Director Tim Barrow of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK, Director for North Africa and the Middle East of the French Foreign Ministry, French Special Envoy for Syria, Secretary-General Helga Schmid of the European External Action Service (EEAS), EEAS Deputy Secretary-General Jean-Christophe Belliard, Political Directorate-General 3 Sabine Sparwasser of the German Federal Foreign Office, Director Vershinin Sergey Vasilievich of the Middle East and North Africa Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry and other officials. Besides, Special Envoy Xie Xiaoyan also talked with former politicians and think tanks, and met with representatives of the Syrian opposition and government in Paris and Moscow respectively.

In the meetings, Special Envoy Xie Xiaoyan compared notes with relevant parties on the latest development of the Syrian issue, and elaborated on China's principle and position on the issue, which is that the Syrian issue can only be resolved through political means, and the international community should stay united, enhance communication, shelve the difference, support the major role of the UN in mediation and make joint endeavor for the political settlement of the Syrian issue.

Q: Can you give us more details about Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's visit to China?

A: At the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council, Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia will pay an official visit to China from October 31 to November 6. During his stay in China, President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman Zhang Dejiang will meet and hold talks with him separately. Leaders of the two countries will have in-depth discussion on bilateral relations and issues of common interest, and jointly witness the signing of cooperation documents.

Among all his visits to China, this is his third visit as Malaysian prime minister. Both sides attach great importance to the visit which we believe will help strengthen mutual trust, deepen friendship and elevate the comprehensive strategic partnership.

Follow-up: What agreements will be signed by the two sides during the visit?

A: Prime Minister Najib will meet and hold talks with Chinese leaders and attend the signing ceremony of bilateral cooperation documents. The documents are yet to be signed and I cannot get ahead of that. I want to point out that Malaysia is an important cooperative partner of China in the neighborhood. The bilateral relationship maintains a sound momentum of development with fruitful outcomes in fields like trade, investment and finance, and incremental growth in people-to-people and cultural exchanges. I believe relevant documents will cover all aspects of cooperation between China and Malaysia.

Q: Do you have any details about US Deputy Secretary of State Blinken's travel to China for the interim Strategic Security Dialogue? Separately, is there any progress in UN Security Council's discussion about DPRK's coal exports?

A: We have issued the news release about Foreign Minister Wang Yi's meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Blinken who was in China for the interim Strategic Security Dialogue on October 29 in Beijing.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi welcomed Deputy Secretary of State Blinken's visit prior to the general election in the US. He said that successful talks between President Xi Jinping and President Obama last month at the G20 Hangzhou Summit produced the most important consensus that the two sides should cherish the positive progress in China-US relations over the past eight years, maintain strategic dialogue, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, manage differences through constructive means and present a sound and stable China-US relationship to the next US government. The Chinese side will work with the US to implement the consensus, infuse more positive energy into the bilateral relationship and keep it on the track of building a new type of major-country relationship.

Deputy Secretary of State Blinken said that the US shared the view that the leaders' meeting at the G20 Hangzhou Summit was fruitful. President Obama is looking forward to another meeting with President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Lima next month. The US will join China in pushing forward the bilateral relationship and laying a solid foundation for its continuous growth despite the transition of the US government.

The two sides also exchanged views on the Korean nuclear issue and other international and regional issues of common interest.

With regard to the Security Council's discussion on DPRK-related resolution, we have stated China's position repeatedly. The Chinese side stays committed to realizing denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, safeguarding its peace and stability, and resolving relevant issues through dialogue and negotiation. It serves the interests of all. We maintain that actions by the Security Council should help realize the aforementioned goals without impeding normal business cooperation and exchanges between all parties and the DPRK. The Chinese side is in communication with all the other members of the Security Council in a responsible and constructive attitude.

Q: Caretaker Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain won the parliamentary confidence vote on October 29. He is going to start his second term as prime minister, and his Popular Party will form a minority government. Reports say that Spain has turned the page on a 10-month political impasse. What is your comment on that?

A: The Chinese side congratulates Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy on his re-election and wishes for political stability, economic growth and happy life of the people in Spain. China values its relations with Spain and will work with the new government to increase political mutual trust, expand pragmatic cooperation and move forward the comprehensive strategic partnership.

Q: Vice German Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel wrote in a German newspaper that China is strategically buying up key technologies in Germany, but hampering foreign direct investments by European companies in China. How do you respond to that?

A: We have noted the report carried by the German media. I want to say that China and Europe are at different stages of development with different models of economic growth and management. But what the Chinese government has never ceased is opening wider to the world. Our policy of welcoming and attracting foreign investment remains unchanged, and we are ready to offer a level and transparent environment for investors from home and abroad, Germany included. We also encourage Chinese companies to conduct investment cooperation in foreign countries for mutual benefits and win-win results based on market rules, international norms and local laws.

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