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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 24, 2015

2015-09-24

As agreed by China and the EU, the 5th China-EU High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue will be held in Beijing on September 28. Vice Premier Ma Kai of the State Council and Vice President Katainen Jyrki of the European Commission will co-host the dialogue. China and the EU will discuss the implementation of the economic and trade consensus reached in the 17th China-EU Summit and the enhancement of China-EU investment cooperation.

Q: Sources from Japan said on September 23 that Toshihiro Nikai, chairman of the General Council of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan plans to visit China later October to move forward bilateral relations. Can you confirm this and give us more details?

A: The Chinese government always supports friendly exchanges and cooperation between China and Japan in various areas. Mr. Toshihiro Nikai led over 3,000 people to China last May to attend the China-Japan friendship exchange meeting, where people from all walks of life jointly put forward the initiative of the China-Japan friendship exchange meeting and enhanced the understanding and friendship between the two countries. Mr. Toshihiro Nikai is welcome to continue with his positive efforts to promote China-Japan exchanges and improve bilateral relations.

Q: UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's recent visit to China witnessed considerable achievement, yet Mr. Osborne himself is also met with some criticism for his China-friendly remarks. What is your comment on this?

A: UK First Secretary of State and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne visited China recently to co-host the 7th China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue with Vice Premier Ma Kai of the State Council and reached 53 outcomes. The two sides agreed to proceed with cooperation on nuclear energy, high-speed railways and other major projects, and reached important consensus on deepening bilateral financial cooperation and moving forward the negotiation on China-EU investment agreement.

Both China and the UK are countries of significant global influence. Given the current slow recovery of global economy, further mutually beneficial and friendly cooperation between China and the UK across the board will not only benefit the two countries and two peoples, but also give a boost to global economic recovery.

Currently the China-UK relationship is faced with good momentum. We are willing to further deepen the pragmatic cooperation with the UK, share opportunities of development, push forward China-UK ties, bolster national development respectively and make new contributions to global prosperity and stability.

Q: According to media reports, the US has repatriated to China another corruption and bribery suspect named Kuang Wanfang. Can you confirm this and give us any comment?

A: Under the coordination of the Fugitive Repatriation and Asset Recovery Office of the Central Anti-Corruption Coordination Group as well as the close cooperation of judicial, law enforcement and foreign affairs departments of China and the US, Kuang Wanfang, a corruption and bribery suspect who fled to the US 14 years ago was repatriated to China on September 24. This is another important action of China-US judicial and law enforcement cooperation against corruption after the repatriation of corruption and bribery suspect Yang Jinjun by the US side on September 18.

China stands ready to cooperate with the international community on combating corruption and pursuing the fugitives, and hopes to get more support and coordination from the US and remove all safe heavens overseas for the corrupt.

Q: After America's repatriation of two corruption suspects, will China and the US carry out new cooperation on the transfer of prisoners? Does the existing cooperation mechanism between China and the US include the repatriation of Chinese illegal immigrants from the US?

A: Recently China and the US have strengthened judicial and law enforcement cooperation against corruption. The two sides have been cooperating in relevant fields through the China-US joint liaison group on law enforcement. We hope that the two sides would have more interactions in this area, explore efficient new ways and bring the Chinese corruption and bribery suspects hidden in the US back to China.

China has been cooperating with the US and other countries to combat illegal immigration that undermines the normal order of entry and exit among countries.

Q: Volkswagen (VW) CEO resigned after the spreading of the diesel emission scandal recently. Will China consider an investigation in VW's factories in China?

A: We have noted the report. The rights and interests of Chinese consumers must be fully guaranteed.

Q: Some state media such as CCTV and People's Daily made a series of videos which reflect foreign exchange students' opinions on the recent big events in China including the military parade on September 3 and President Xi Jinping's visit to the US. Why is it important to present the opinions of foreign exchange students to the Chinese people?

A: As President Xi Jinping said in his speech on September 23 in Seattle, the China-US friendship is rooted in the people and its hope lies in the youth. China would create more enabling conditions for the friendly exchanges between the two peoples. American students express views on China's development, China-US ties and other issues of interest, showcasing their enthusiasm for knowing China better and enhancing bilateral friendship and mutual trust. We should encourage such behavior.

Q: Countries will hold text-based negotiations on the reform of the UN Security Council in the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly. It is said that China is opposed to this. What is China's position on relevant document?

A: 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. We have elaborated our position on this. It is believed that the new session of the UN General Assembly should keep the basic principles of negotiation, that is, negotiations on the relevant issue should be led by the member states and based on the positions and suggestions of the member states.

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