|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on October 21, 2015|
Q: The 10th Senior Officials' Meeting and the 15th Joint Working Group Meeting on the Implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) were held in Chengdu. Can you give us more details about the meetings and their outcomes?
A: From October 19 to 20, the 10th Senior Officials' Meeting on the Implementation of the DOC was held in Chengdu. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin and Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Singapore Chee Wee Kiong co-hosted the meeting, during which the 15th Joint Working Group Meeting on the Implementation of the DOC was held.
All parties gave a comprehensive review of the implementation of the DOC this year and fully recognized the progress that has been made, reaffirmed their commitment to fully and effectively implementing the DOC, pledged to further practical maritime cooperation, and discussed the establishment of relevant technical cooperation committees. Leading officials from China's Ministry of Transport and State Oceanic Administration gave a systematic presentation on the prospect of launching practical maritime cooperation projects and establishing relevant cooperation mechanisms.
All parties had an in-depth exchange of views on how to advance consultations on a code of conduct in the South China Sea (COC) at the new stage, discussed and formulated two preliminary leaving documents, namely, the list of crucial and complex issues and the list of elements for the outline of a COC, which will serve as the basis for future consultations. The meeting confirmed that the Second List of Commonalities of COC consultations, the Term of Reference of the Eminent Persons and Experts Group (EPEG) and the aforementioned documents will be the main outcomes of this year's COC consultation.
All parties reiterated their common political readiness to fully and effectively implement the DOC and work toward the early conclusion of a COC on the basis of consensus, and stated that continued efforts will be made to enhance practical maritime cooperation, strengthen mutual trust, properly handle differences and make the South China Sea a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation.
Q: During President Xi Jinping's state visit to the UK, there have been some accusations leveled towards China, suggesting that China is dumping steel to the UK which contravenes its World Trade Organization commitments. What is China's comment?
A: President Xi Jinping is on a state visit to the UK. Information about relevant major activities has been released. The Royal Family, the government and all sectors in the UK are paying great attention to President Xi's state visit. Queen Elizabeth II said that this year, especially significant to UK-China relations, is an unprecedented year of cooperation and friendship between the two countries. President Xi's visit to the UK marks an important milestone which will lift the bilateral relationship to a new height. The UK and China are truly global partners.
As for the anti-dumping issue you mentioned, China and the UK are forging increasingly closer business ties. It is only natural to have some differences and frictions along the way. What is crucial is that both sides can have friendly consultations in the spirit of equality and mutual benefit, and properly deal with these issues so as to jointly move forward mutually beneficial economic cooperation and trade. That is what matters most.