|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on November 9, 2015|
At the invitation of Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario of the Republic of the Philippines, Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay a working visit to the Philippines on November 10.
The first foreign ministers' meeting on Lancang-Mekong River cooperation will be held in Jinghong City, Xishuangbanna Prefecture, Yunnan Province on November 12. At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hor Namhong of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai of the Kingdom of Thailand, and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam will attend the meeting. Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Thai Foreign Minister Don will co-host the meeting.
Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, Vice Minister of Finance Zhu Guangyao, Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen, Director-General Zhu Jun of the International Department of the People's Bank of China will give a press briefing in Lanting on President Xi Jinping's attendance at the 10th G20 Summit and the 23rd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting at 9 a.m. tomorrow. We welcome your attendance.
Q: Can you give us some background information about the first foreign ministers' meeting on Lancang-Mekong River cooperation. What does China expect to achieve at the meeting?
A: The Lancang-Mekong River cooperation mechanism is an important proposal made by Premier Li Keqiang at the 17th China-ASEAN Summit in November 2014 with the aim of deepening all-round friendly cooperation between China and Mekong countries, driving forward the overall growth of the subregion, promoting regional integration and bolstering the building of the ASEAN community. Two senior officials' meetings and one working group meeting have been held during the period of preparation when consensus has been reached on matters concerning cooperation targets, principles, key areas of cooperation and institutional building. This meeting is the first group meeting of foreign ministers of the six Lancang-Mekong subregion countries. The meeting will announce the establishment of the Lancang-Mekong River cooperation mechanism, and officially start the process of Lancang-Mekong River cooperation. The Chinese side will work in tandem with Mekong countries to make sure that the Lancang-Mekong River cooperation will bring benefits to people in the region based on joint consultation, equality and mutual benefit.
Q: Can you give us more details about Foreign Minister Wang Yi's agenda in the Philippines? What is China's expectation for the visit? How does China view the current state of relations between China and the Philippines?
A: The 23rd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting will be held in the Philippines this year. At the invitation of Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay a working visit to the Philippines on November 10. During the visit, Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet with the leadership, the foreign secretary and other senior officials of the Philippines, comparing notes on and making preparations for President Xi Jinping's planned visit to the Philippines for the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting. They will also exchange views on how to improve the relationship between China and the Philippines.
The bilateral relationship is beset by difficulties due to reasons known to all. This is not what the Chinese side wants to see. The Chinese side attaches importance to its relationship with the Philippines and stays committed to properly resolving relevant issues through consultations and negotiations. It is hoped that the Philippine side will meet China halfway, implement the important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries during last year's APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, constructively handle relevant issues and create atmosphere and conditions for the return of bilateral relations to the right course of development.
Q: The Vienna Foreign Ministers' Meeting on the Syrian issue decided on October 30 that a second Vienna meeting will be held. Has the date been set? How does the Chinese side comment on the Vienna mechanism? Has the issue of coordinating all parties' actions against the Islamic State figured in the meeting? What is China's comment on that?
A: The Chinese side welcomes the larger meeting of foreign ministers from relevant countries on the Syrian issue held in Vienna the other day. This meeting is of positive significance, as it is the first time for five permanent members of the UN Security Council to consult with countries in the region on a political settlement of the Syrian issue. A lot of consensus has been reached. China supports the holding of the second Vienna meeting on November 14 for further advancement toward a political settlement of the Syrian issue.
All participants to the Vienna meeting attach great importance to the issue of counter-terrorism. All parties including the Chinese side support a campaign against terrorist forces including the Islamic State that have been included in the sanction list of the Security Council in accordance with resolutions of the Security Council. It is imperative that we give full play to the coordinating role of the UN to pool together counter-terrorism actions by different parties. There should be no practice of double standards nor linking of terrorism with any specific ethnic groups or religions.
Q: Who will represent China at the second Vienna meeting?
A: Further information will be given later.
Q: Myanmar's general election was held on November 8. What is China's comment on that? It is said that Chinese Foreign Ministry's Special Envoy on Asian Affairs Sun Guoxiang led a Chinese delegation to observe the election in Myanmar. What is China's comment on that election?
A: The general election was held on November 8 in Myanmar as scheduled, and the polling has come smoothly to an end. The Chinese side welcomes that. As a friendly neighbor, the Chinese side supports Myanmar in pressing ahead with its political agenda in accordance with the law after the election so as to realize national stability and long-term growth.
At the invitation of Myanmar, Chinese Foreign Ministry's Special Envoy on Asian Affairs Sun Guoxiang led a delegation to observe the election in Myanmar. The Chinese side will continue to offer assistance to Myanmar on work relating to the general election at the will of Myanmar.