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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on October 16, 2015

2015-10-16

Q: This morning,  a consortium of Chinese enterprises and that of Indonesian state companies signed in Jakarta a joint-venture agreement on the construction of a high-speed railway from Jakarta to Bandung. What is China's comment on that?

A: We congratulate companies of the two countries on entering into a joint-venture for high-speed railway from Jakarta to Bandung. As Xie Feng, Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia put it, China won the contract with sincerity and competence. China and Indonesia are good neighbors, friends and partners. We carry out cooperation with Indonesia based on mutual benefit. Under the current circumstances, we will forge ahead with cooperation with Indonesia on high-speed railway and other areas. The Chinese side is capable and confident of building the Jakarta-Bandung railway with the Indonesian side and making it another example and landmark of mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Indonesia, delivering benefits to the two peoples.

Q: US President Barack Obama said in a speech on October 15 that given the changes to conditions in Afghanistan, the US would maintain the current force of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through most of next year, and then draw down to 5,500 troops after 2016. What is China's comment on that?

A: The Chinese side has noted the relevant report. We hope that the US side will continue to properly handle issues of stationing troops in Afghanistan and transferring security responsibility to Afghanistan in a responsible manner. Relevant measures should show respect for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan and contribute to Afghanistan's peaceful reconstruction and regional security and stability.

Q: President Xi Jinping met with Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of the Japanese Komeito party yesterday. Yamaguchi handed a letter from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to President Xi Jinping and invited him to visit Japan next spring. Will the Chinese side consider accepting the invitation?

A: At the invitation of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, a delegation of the Japanese Komeito party led by Natsuo Yamaguchi came to attend the Asia Political Parties' Special Conference on the Silk Road in China from October 13 to 16. In accordance with the schedule of the conference, Yamaguchi attended a group meeting with General Secretary Xi Jinping on the afternoon of October 15. During the meeting, he had a brief talk with General Secretary Xi Jinping, hand-delivered a letter from Prime Minister Abe and conveyed Abe's wish of holding a China-Japan leaders' meeting on the sidelines of international conferences.

High-level exchanges play a special and important role in promoting bilateral relations and require the understanding and support from the two peoples. It is hoped that the two sides will make concerted efforts to create favorable conditions and atmosphere for bilateral high-level exchanges.

Q: The US Drug Enforcement Agency said that the operation against synthetics over the past several days arrested hundreds of people and seized a large amount of synthetic marijuana. Reports say that the drugs are mostly imported from China and openly sold in the US. What is China's comment on that?

A: The Chinese side follows closely the practical results of the crackdown on synthetic drugs launched by the Drug Enforcement Agency and stands ready to work with the American side to check on the China-related leads found in the operation and carry out law-enforcement cooperation.

The Chinese government strictly prohibits drugs and stays committed to resolving the drug issue with other countries including the US in an active and responsible attitude. There is close and practical cooperation between anti-drug agencies of China and the US in information sharing, investigation, precursor chemicals control and other areas of law enforcement. The two sides have jointly solved a series of transnational drug crimes, producing impressive results. Anti-drug agencies of the two sides are planning for exchanges and cooperation in the theory and practice of drug rehabilitation and other approaches to help people overcome drug addiction. Anti-drug cooperation has become a bright spot in China-US relations, especially in the bilateral law enforcement cooperation.

Q: First, Vice President of Bolivia is visiting China. Is there any update on the visit? Second, China-ASEAN Defense Ministers' Informal Meeting kicked off in Beijing today. Please give us more details.

A: On your first question, at the invitation of Vice President Li Yuanchao, Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera of Bolivia comes to China for an official visit from October 15 to 17 and the China 2015 Poverty Reduction and Development Forum. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Bolivia. The Chinese side attaches importance to the visit by Vice President Garcia. During the visit, Vice President Li Yuanchao will hold talks with Vice President Garcia for an exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest. Vice President Garcia also attended and addressed the China 2015 Poverty Reduction and Development Forum. We believe that the visit will push forward the friendly relations between China and Bolivia.

On your second question, defense ministers of China and ASEAN countries had an informal meeting today in Beijing. The news release was just issued. The meeting was presided over by State Councilor and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan and attended by leading defense officials from 10 ASEAN countries and ASEAN deputy secretary-general. Chang Wangquan put forward a five-point proposal on promoting China-ASEAN defense security cooperation under the theme of entering the China-ASEAN community of shared destiny and enhancing defense security cooperation. First, joint efforts shall be made to stick to the general direction of cooperation, implement consensus reached by leaders of China and ASEAN countries, deepen China-ASEAN strategic partnership and build a more closely-knit China-ASEAN community of common destiny. Second, joint efforts shall be made to safeguard regional security and stability, uphold the security concept for Asia featuring common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, and create a sound and secure environment. Third, joint efforts shall be made to advance the building of security mechanism and push forward the building of an open, inclusive, transparent and equal framework of regional security cooperation. Fourth, joint efforts shall be made to deepen practical cooperation in the field of defense and consolidate the security foundation for China-ASEAN community of shared destiny. Fifth, joint efforts shall be made to properly address disputes and manage risks. The Chinese side and ASEAN countries will hold a joint training on the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea as well as a joint exercise for maritime search and disaster relief in 2016 in the South China Sea.

The speech and proposal by Chang Wanquan was well received by leading defense officials from ASEAN countries. Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein of Malaysia, the rotating president of ASEAN said that ASEAN and China should engage in practical cooperation in the field of defense security and jointly uphold regional security and stability. Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen of Singapore, the coordinator of China-ASEAN relations expressed welcome and support to the building of a more closely-knit China-ASEAN community of common destiny, and voiced the readiness to promote defense cooperation between ASEAN and China.

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