|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on October 28, 2015|
At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will pay an official visit to China from October 30 to November 4.
Q: Afghanistan and Pakistan were hit by a strong earthquake on October 26. As their close neighbor, what will China do in response or in assistance?
A: The Chinese side sympathizes with what the Afghan and Pakistani people are going through. The Chinese leadership has sent messages of condolences to leaders of the two countries. The Chinese government is preparing for emergency assistance in kind to Afghanistan and Pakistan, and is willing to work on follow-up assistance at the request of Afghanistan and Pakistan in the light of the damage. The Red Cross Society of China will provide Red Crescent Societies of Afghanistan and Pakistan each with 100,000 US dollars in cash as emergency assistance.
Q: Will China stay committed to resolving its disagreement with the US through dialogues after the US naval vessel sailed within 12 nautical miles off Zhubi Reef of the Nansha Islands on October 27?
A: The Chinese side maintains that disagreements between China and other countries, including the US should be resolved through dialogues. Leaders of China and the US reached important consensus last month in Washington, that is, problems between the two countries should be properly settled through constructive dialogues and consultations. But let's make it clear, it calls for the efforts of not only China but also the US.
Q: The UN General Assembly passed a resolution on October 27 which once again urged the US to end its economic, business and financial embargo on Cuba. What is China's comment on that?
A: China's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Liu Jieyi has made clear China's position on the occasion of UN General Assembly's adoption of the resolution. The resolution has been repeatedly adopted by the UN General Assembly for over 20 consecutive years, each time with an overwhelming majority of vote.
The US and Cuba decided to restore diplomatic relations in July this year, taking an important step toward the normalization of their bilateral relations. It is hoped that the US and Cuba would maintain dialogue and consultation and build up the momentum of improving bilateral relations. The Chinese side has noted that the US has set about lifting some of its restrictions on Cuba in terms of tourism, business and telecommunications. It is hoped that the US side would put a full stop to its economic blockade and sanctions against Cuba at an early date, and develop normal state-to-state relations with Cuba based on the purposes of the UN Charter and basic norms governing international relations. It serves the common interests of the two countries and two peoples, contributes to stability and development of the entire America and meets the aspiration of the international community.
Q: China has been in discussion with Nepal on supplying fuel to Nepal since the start of this week. Has there been any progress? Has China started supplying fuel to Nepal?
A: China and Nepal have been in a friendly relationship. As a neighbor and friend to Nepal, we sincerely hope that Nepal can restore stability as soon as possible after the adoption of the new constitution, and usher in a bright prospect for its national development. Based on the request of the Nepali side, the Chinese side will extend assistance to Nepal within its capability. The two sides are in close communication on further steps to supply fuel to Nepal.
Q: You said yesterday that what the US has done is illegal. Is that the position of your own or the Chinese side?
A: We have said time and again that the Chinese side has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters. The US naval vessel's unauthorized entry into waters off relevant islands and reefs is a severe political provocation against China which seriously threatens China's sovereignty and security, and jeopardizes the safety of personnel and facilities on the islands and reefs. What the US has done violates the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and other international law as well as relevant domestic law of China.
Q: It is reported that Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, who was accompanying the King for a visit in China, has to cut short her visit and fly home for medical treatment. Do you have more details?
A: China-Netherlands relations are developing smoothly. The visit by King Willem-Alexander and the Queen is very fruitful. Queen Maxima is a good friend of the Chinese people and has made positive contributions to advancing bilateral ties and China's inclusive finance business. We are very concerned about Queen Maxiam's condition. Madame Peng Liyuan has sent her regards to the Queen, wishing her a speedy recovery. King Willem-Alexander plans to continue with his visit in China.
Q: It is reported that China and India are having talks on stabilizing Nepal's situation. Can you confirm that?
A: We hope that regional stability can be maintained, friendly relations between states developed, and common development in the region promoted. We hope that all relevant countries can work together and hold amicable consultations so that a consensus favorable to all parties can be reached.
Q: It is reported that the US naval vessel also passed within 12 nauticle miles off reefs claimed by Vietnam and the Philippines. Commentary said that it means that the US did not target China. What is your comment on that?
A: China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters. As for how the US would like to explain what they have done, it is their choice to make.
Q: The Chinese leadership is going to visit the ROK, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore and other countries. What message will be given to those countries about the US action?
A: China and countries in the region have mature and established channels for close and effective communication on regional affairs, and have reached effective consensus on resolving differences over islands and reefs in the South China Sea, including the dual-track approach. We hope that countries outside the region would support, instead of disrupting efforts by China and ASEAN countries, creating obstacles and attempting to spoil what has been achieved. It will do good to no one.
Q: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was awarded the Confucius Peace Prize by the China International Peace Research Center the other day. What is China's comment?
A: President Mugabe is a renowned leader of the African national liberation movement, a prime campaigner for African integration, and an old friend of China.
We have noted the relevant report. It is learnt afterwards that the Confucius Peace Prize is founded and conferred by a Chinese civil organization registered in Hong Kong.
Q: Can you tell us more about German Chancellor Angela Merkel's itinerary and agenda in China?
A: We have released the information about Chancellor Merkel's visit to China. During her visit, President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman Zhang Dejiang will meet and hold talks with Chancellor Merkel. Her visit will bring her to Beijing and Anhui. This will be Chancellor Merkel's eighth visit to China during her tenure, showcasing the vigorous development of China-Germany relations. The two sides have a lot of common views and great potentials of cooperation in a variety of areas. We will release in due course the consensus and outcomes produced by the visit.