|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 15, 2015|
The 12th China-ASEAN Expo and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit will be held in Nanning, Guangxi from September 18 to 21. Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of the State Council and some leaders of ASEAN countries will attend the opening ceremony and other major events.
Upon agreement between China and the UK, the 7th China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue will be held in Beijing on September 21. Vice Premier Ma Kai of the State Council will co-host the dialogue with UK First Secretary of State and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, and senior economic, fiscal and financial officials from the two countries will attend the dialogue. The two sides will have discussions on macro economic performance and policy, deepened cooperation on trade and investment, stability of the financial sector, and development of the financial market.
The Foreign Ministry will host the 14th Lanting Forum at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Foreign Minister Wang Yi will deliver a keynote speech. You are welcome to attend and cover the forum upon invitation. The Regular Press Conference will be suspended tomorrow.
Q: According to media reports, the DPRK National Aerospace Development Administration director said that it is at a final phase of the development of a new earth observation satellite, and will launch it at the time and location determined by the Workers' Party of Korea Central Committee. How does China comment on this? Do you believe this would escalate the tensions on the Korean Peninsula?
A: The Chinese side has taken note of relevant report. The DPRK is entitled to peacefully use the outer space as a sovereign state, yet this right is restricted by the UN Security Council's resolutions. Relevant resolutions should be earnestly implemented. China hopes that relevant party would show prudence, and avoid taking any action that may cause tension to the Peninsula and the region.
Q: The DPRK today reaffirmed that it has restarted the nuclear reactor in Yongbyon. Do you think that constitutes a violation of relevant resolutions passed by the UN Security Council?
A: The Chinese side has taken note of relevant report. China is consistent and clear about its commitment to realizing denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, maintaining peace and stability of the Peninsula and resolving relevant issue through dialogue and consultation. We hope relevant party would do more to uphold peace and stability of the Peninsula and the region under the given circumstance.
Q: On September 14, the 69th UN General Assembly adopted a consensus decision about intergovernmental negotiations on the reform of the Security Council during the upcoming session. What is China's comment on this?
A: On September 14, the 69th UN General Assembly decided to technically pass over the intergovernmental negotiations on the reform of the Security Council to the next session as it did before. This illustrates that despite the differences all parties have on the issue of the Security Council reform, we all hope to continue with dialogue and consultations and safeguard the basic principles of negotiations, that the negotiation should be led by the member states and based on the stances and proposals of the member states.
The Chinese side supports the UN Security Council reform so that the Security Council can better perform its duty as laid out in the UN Charter, and developing countries especially African countries can have more representation. The reform bears on the future of the UN and the common interests of all member states. Therefore, a package of solutions acceptable to all parties should be reached through broad consultation. We hope that the intergovernmental negotiations on the reform of the Security Council can turn a new page during the 70th session of the UN General Assembly and return to the right track that the negotiation should be led by member states.
Q: On September 18, China will host an international seminar on the 10th anniversary of the Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks signed on September 19, 2005. Can you give us more details? What is China's stance on the resumption of the Six-Party Talks?
A: From September 18 to 19, the China Institute of International Studies will hold an international seminar at the Diaoyutai State Guest House on the 10th anniversary of the Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks signed on September 19, 2005. It is learned that the organizer of the seminar has sent invitations to member countries of the Six-Party Talks, experts and scholars as well as diplomatic officials from the member countries of the Six-Party Talks. The Russian and ROK deputy heads of the Six-Party Talks will attend the forum in their own names. Foreign Minister Wang Yi will address the forum.
As the host country of the Six-Party Talks, China hopes that this commemoration would enable all parties to review the significance of the Joint Statement on September 19 and its role in pushing for the denuclearization process of the Peninsula, stick to the targets and principles established by the Joint Statement as before, strive to address the Korean nuclear issue through dialogue and consultation again, and restart the Six-Party Talks at an early date.
Q: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is reportedly planning to lead a delegation to visit China again to advance China-EU and China-Germany relations. Please confirm this and give us more details. What does China expect from bilateral relations with Germany?
A: China and Germany have maintained frequent high-level exchanges in recent years, significantly moving forward the sound and rapid development of China-Germany and China-EU relations. We welcome Chancellor Merkel's visit to China within this year, and the two sides are in communication on this. China sets great store by its relations with Germany, and believes that frequent high-level visits between the two countries will cement and deepen bilateral relations and cooperation across the board, and contribute significantly to the development of China-EU ties.
Q: You just mentioned that China hopes to restart the Six-Party Talks as soon as possible. Given what has happened recently, how do you see the possibility of resuming the Six-Party Talks?
A: The Six-Party Talks on the Korean nuclear issue have been bogged down for some time, yet all parties have spared no effort to resume the Talks. It meets the common interests of all parties to address the Korean nuclear issue through dialogue, realize denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and maintain peace and stability of the Peninsula. China is ready to work together with all parties and push for the early resumption of the Six-Party Talks.
Q: Russia held local elections last Sunday. How does China see the result of the elections?
A: This is the internal affair of Russia. We wish Russia greater achievements in national economic and social development.
Q: The White House said that during President Xi Jinping's visit to the US, President Obama would directly express concerns to President Xi over cyber attacks from China. How do you respond to this?
A: As we always say, both China and the US are major Internet countries. Given the current rampancy of cyber crimes and common challenge faced by both countries in this area, it is in the interests of both China and the US and the international community to carry out bilateral dialogue and cooperation and jointly combat cyber crimes.
We are also willing to work hand in hand with relevant parties including the US, discuss the establishment of relevant international rules and build a cyber space that is peaceful, secure, open and cooperative.
China always firmly opposes and combats in accordance with law cyber attacks and cyber espionage launched in China. Anyone who performs such action within China shall be held accountable.
Q: According to media reports, Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull become the new Prime Minister of Australia after winning the Liberal Party's vote for a chief over sitting Prime Minister Tony Abbott on September 14. What is your comment? How do you evaluate Mr. Abbott? What are your expectations for China-Australia ties?
A: We congratulate Mr. Turnbull on being elected as the Prime Minister of Australia. Currently the relationship between China and Australia is developing well. We believe that with the concerted efforts of the two governments and people from all walks of life, bilateral relations between China and Australia will deliver new progress as well as more benefits to the two peoples.
Mr. Abbott has contributed positively to China-Australia relations while serving as the Prime Minister. We hereby extend appreciation to that.