|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on September 30, 2015|
At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of the Republic of Ecuador Ricardo Armando Patino Aroca will pay an official visit to China from October 7 to 8.
At the invitation of Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui, US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to China from October 8 to 10.
President Xi Jinping has just wrapped up his successful state visit to the US which marks a milestone in the bilateral relationship. The two sides reaffirmed the direction of building a new model of major-country relationship between China and the US, boosted bilateral strategic mutual trust, expanded mutually beneficial cooperation for win-win results and improved friendship between the two peoples. We would like to push for greater progress of the new model of major-country relationship with the American side.
Q: Over recent days, Russia, the US and the UN Secretary-General have made some observations on resolving the Syrian issue. What is China's stance on the resolution of the Syrian issue?
A: The Chinese side has taken note of a series of proposals made by various parties in recent days. China is open to proposals that are conducive to the political resolution of the Syrian issue.
The Chinese side remains committed to a political settlement of the Syrian issue, and has put forward its own ideas. We believe that a solution to the Syrian issue should stick to the Five Principles. First, the Syrian issue must be resolved through political means. Military action is no answer to it. All parties should voice their demands through dialogue and negotiation. Second, the future of Syria must be decided by its own people. The political transition process in Syria must be Syrian-led, and the future of Syria can only be decided by the Syrian people themselves. Third, an inclusive political process must be promoted. An equal, inclusive and open political dialogue should be launched at an early date. Fourth, national reconciliation and unity must be achieved in Syria. National reconciliation dialogue must be launched in the interest of national unity of Syria. Fifth, humanitarian assistance must be delivered in Syria and its neighboring countries. The international community should step up humanitarian assistance to the people of Syria and neighboring countries. Besides, the settlement of the Syrian issue should take into account the counter-terrorism needs inside Syria.
To strive for a proper settlement of the Syrian issue, a middle way that both meets Syria's national conditions and accommodates the interests of all parties shall be blazed. The Chinese side will continue to work with the international community to that end.
Q: Indonesia announced that China would be building its first high-speed rail. How is China going to finance this project? The Indonesian side said that China did not ask for a loan guarantee from the Indonesian government. Can you tell us the reason?
A: The Chinese side has a wealth of experience in building and operating high-speed railways and enjoys an edge in terms of cooperation model, financing conditions, technology transfer and construction period. The Chinese government encourages companies with strength to carry out active and fruitful cooperation with the Indonesian side.
Both China and Indonesia are developing countries boasting broad prospects for development and cooperation. The Chinese side looks forward to deepening practical cooperation with Indonesia on infrastructure facilities and production capacity, striving for win-win results and creating more tangible benefits for the two peoples.
Q: Media reports say that the Chinese authorities have arrested two Japanese citizens alleged to be spies. Can you give us more details?
A: Relevant authorities of China arrested in accordance with the law two Japanese on suspicion of acting as spies in China. The Japanese side has been informed of that.
Q: The US government said that their personnel in China are concerned about being attacked by Chinese hackers. Can you confirm that?
A: The Chinese government firmly opposes and cracks down on all forms of hacking activities in accordance with the law. Both China and the US are major internet users who have extensive shared interests and face common challenges in the field of cyber security. There was an in-depth discussion on the issue of cyber security during President Xi Jinping's visit to the US, which produced important consensus. The two sides should work hard to implement the consensus, and move forward the bilateral relationship in a sound and steady manner.