|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 21, 2015|
At the invitation of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Zhang Yi, special envoy of the Chinese government and Chairman of the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, will visit Iran from September 21 to 23.
Q: Nepal promulgated the new constitution on the afternoon of September 20. How does China comment on this?
A: China sincerely congratulates Nepal on promulgating the new constitution, and hopes to see that Nepal can take this opportunity to realize national unity, stability and development. China attaches great importance to relations with Nepal, and stands ready to further deepen bilateral friendly cooperation and provide assistance for Nepal's economic and social development to the best of her capacity.
Q: According to media reports, the tramway which is mostly funded and built by China officially opened on September 20 in Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia. Some people say that this is another step taken by China to wield more economic clout in Africa. How do you comment on this?
A: On September 20, the Addis Ababa tramway was officially put into use. China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) undertakes the project and Shenzhen Metro Group provides operation and management service to it. As the first modern urban tramway in Ethiopia and even the Sub-Sahara Africa as a whole, this tramway will greatly relieve the traffic congestion in Ethiopia's capital, make people's travel easier and improve the administration and service level of the city. This project applies Chinese standard and technology with most of its fund coming from China, and is the first urban tramway project in Africa that is undertaken by and uses operation and management service of Chinese companies. .
Nowadays African countries are speeding up the process of industrialization with a huge demand for infrastructure building. As a genuine friend and development partner of Africa, China will carry forward the policy of sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith as well as the right approach to principles and interests, work with Africa to build the three major networks of high-speed railway, expressway and regional aviation, proceed industrialization and advance cooperation on production capacity, so as to achieve joint development of China and Africa and bring benefits to the two peoples.
Q: Alexis Tsipras and his left-wing Syriza party once again won the Greek election after getting the majority vote in the parliament. What is China's comment on this?
A: We have noted the smooth running of the Greek parliamentary election. China congratulates Mr. Tsipras and the Syriza party on winning the election again. China always attaches great importance to bilateral relations with Greece, and hopes to work in unison with the Greek new government to press ahead with bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various areas and move forward China-Greece comprehensive strategic partnership.
Q: The promulgation of Nepal's new constitution has led to domestic protest and violence, and some minority groups fear that their rights may not be fully guaranteed. India and other countries have expressed concerns over this. How does China see the current situation in Nepal? Is China also concerned about the way in which Nepal promulgated the new constitution?
A: China sincerely hopes that all political parties in Nepal can bear in mind the fundamental interests of their country and the people, address the differences through dialogue and consultation, realize enduring development of the country and bring happiness to the people.
Q: Can you confirm that the Foreign Ministry has cut off the Japanese division in the Department of Asian Affairs?
A: The Department of Asian Affairs of the Foreign Ministry recently underwent normal administrative adjustment. I'd like to point out that there is no change to China's foreign policy towards Japan.
Q: According to Chinese media reports, the "Fox Hunt" working group of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security extradited one suspect from Spain. Does this represent a big step forward for China-Spain relations?
A: We commend and appreciate Spain's coordination with China during the "Fox Hunt" operation. The Chinese government has been working positively with relevant countries on law enforcement cooperation to jointly combat transnational crimes. What we have achieved recently shows that our operation is gaining more and more support from the world, and that those perpetrators shall never get away from China's legal punishment no matter how far and long they flee. We are willing to work with relevant countries including Spain to enhance cooperation on combating crimes across the border.