|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 7, 2015|
At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz will pay a state visit to China and attend the opening ceremony of the 2015 China-Arab States Expo in Yinchuan from September 9 to 16.
Q: In response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's attendance at the commemoration on September 3, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the UN should stay neutral instead of focusing excessively on particular events in the past. The LDP Headquarters for Regional Diplomatic and Economic Partnership convened a meeting which decided to file a protest with the UN against Ban Ki-moon's attendance at the commemoration. What is China's comment on that?
A: Activities held on September 3 in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War demonstrated Chinese people's resolution to bear history in mind, honor all those who laid down their lives, cherish peace and open up the future. It is also the spirit enshrined in the UN Charter.
It is fully justified for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to attend the commemoration as the representative of the UN. Together with other 65 foreign leaders, senior government representatives, heads of international organizations and former political figures, he was welcomed by the Chinese people.
The UN was created after the victory of WWII. It is an important outcome of the world anti-fascist and anti-militarist war, and a significant mechanism preventing the history from repeating itself.
How can you ask the UN to stay neutral on issues about commemorating the victory over fascism? How can you ask the UN to stay neutral on issues about peace and justice? We urge the relevant country to stop being unreasonable. If there is the time and energy, it should be spent learning the UN Charter, reflecting upon the history of aggression and taking actions to win back the trust of the neighbors and the international community.
Q: Did President Xi Jinping have a meeting with representative of the DPRK Choe Ryong Hae on the sidelines of September 3 commemoration? The two of them met when President Xi and his wife greeted foreign dignitaries at the entrance of the Forbidden City, but did they sit down and have a meeting? If so, did they discuss the situation on the Korean Peninsula? If not, is this a representation of how unhappy the Chinese government is with the DPRK side?
A: Both Secretary Choe Ryong Hae and President Park Geun-hye are guests invited by the Chinese side, and they have been warmly received. The Chinese side stays committed to developing friendly and cooperative relations with both the DPRK and the ROK. Your guess is not true.
Q: There have been a raft of reports and comments by foreign media about China's September 3 commemoration. Some said that the activities demonstrated China's defense capabilities and resolution to uphold peace. A small group of others noted the absence of western leaders, saying that the military parade was formidable. What is China's comment on that?
A: We have been stressing that the aim of our September 3 commemoration is to safeguard the justice of history, honor the fallen heroes, cherish world peace and open up a better future. The word "peace" was brought up 18 times in President Xi Jinping's address at the commemoration. He underlined that no matter how much stronger China may become, it will never seek hegemony or expansion, and will never inflict its past suffering on any other nation. He also solemnly announced that China will cut the number of its troops by 300,000. China has sent a resounding and unequivocal message, that is, peace does not come easily, and thus must be cherished and upheld. The stronger China grows, the stronger the force for world peace will be.
The commemoration was given credit by foreign leaders present. Russian President Vladimir Putin, ROK President Park Geun-hye, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and others commended China for its enormous sacrifices and contributions to the final victory of the World Anti-Fascist War. The commemoration fully showcases Chinese people's determination to safeguard peace and articulates the message that China is committed to peace. People around the world shall work in unison to defend international equity and justice as well as world peace.
Foreign guests at the commemoration are from all parts of the world and are highly representative. There are European leaders and senior government representatives, such as President of the Czech Republic, Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of the Republic of France, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, Special Envoy of the government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Special Envoy of UK Prime Minister, as well as Ambassadors to China from the EU and western countries, such as the US, Canada, Germany and Luxembourg, who attended the commemoration on behalf of their countries or governments to express their support to the commemorative activities.
Q: Spokesperson of the Philippine Defense Department said in a statement on September 6 that the Department welcomes the Chinese leadership's recent pronouncement that they are committed to peace, but questions China's display of offensive weaponry. He said that the Chinese government should go beyond deceitful rhetoric claiming peaceful efforts and show sincerity. What is China's comment on that?
A: China's commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War and its announcement of cutting the number of troops by 300,000 highlight China's sincerity for peace as well as its determination to uphold peace. The international community speaks highly of China's sacrifices as the main theater in the East of the World Anti-Fascist War and its firm attitude to defend world peace.
The Philippine side made such kind of remarks in total disregard of China's resolve and commitment, confusing right and wrong and misleading the public. It is not worth any comment.
Q: A government official from the Tibet Autonomous Region said yesterday that the boy who was chosen by the Dalai Lama as the next Panchen Lama was leading a normal life and did not wish to be disturbed. Some foreign media believe that he is possibly in jail or even not alive. Will the Chinese government not at least present him before the media to show how he is?
A: What I have at hand is consistent with what the official from Tibet has told the press.