|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on December 4, 2015|
At the invitation of Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and Salahuddin Rabbani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Wang Yi will travel to Islamabad, Pakistan to attend the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan from December 8 to 10.
Q: What will be discussed at the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan? What proposals will China make?
A: The 5th Ministerial Conference of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan will be held in Islamabad, Pakistan on December 9 under the theme of "Enhanced Cooperation for Countering Security Threats and Promoting Economic Connectivity".
As a member state of the Istanbul Process, China attaches high importance to and has been actively engaged in relevant cooperation under the framework of the Process. Foreign Minister Wang Yi will expound on China's policies and positions on the issue of Afghanistan, China's efforts in promoting Afghanistan's peaceful reconstruction and national reconciliation, and positive measures taken or to be taken by China following last year's Ministerial Conference in Beijing to enhance Afghanistan-related regional cooperation. The Chinese side is ready to work with relevant parties to ensure that the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan can play a positive role in realizing peace and stability in Afghanistan and promoting regional cooperation.
Q: Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his state of the nation address to Russia's Federal Assembly, saying that there is a need to create a common international front against terrorism and consultations shall be launched to discuss establishing economic partnership between members of the Eurasian Economic Union and members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). What is China's comment?
A: We have noted the state of the nation address given by President Putin.
As for President Putin's appeal for a common international front against terrorism under the auspices of the UN, China's position is consistent and clear. We oppose all forms of terrorism and the application of double standards on the issue of counter-terrorism. We believe that the international community should conduct counter-terrorism cooperation following the purposes and principles of the UN Charter as well as other well-recognized basic norms guiding international relations. All parties should step up coordination and communication, narrow differences, and adopt comprehensive measures so as to forge synergy in combating terrorism. The international community should earnestly implement relevant counter-terrorism resolutions of the UN Security Council and carry out more effective cooperation in fields like cutting off terrorist financing.
Leaders of China and Russia have reached major consensus on further aligning the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Eurasian Economic Union. It is a significant and strategic step for regional countries to carry out regional economic cooperation, achieve mutually beneficial cooperation, and realize common development and prosperity. Relevant parties are making concrete efforts to implement the consensus. The Chinese side is willing to work with regional countries including Russia, take the SCO as a platform, push forward regional cooperation on the basis of equality, mutual benefit, mutual consultations and win-win cooperation so that the outcomes of cooperation can benefit more countries and their people.
Q: You stressed the role of the UN Security Council in fighting terrorism. Does that mean that China finds it wrong for Russia or the US and its allies to carry out counter-terrorism actions in Syria? Does China believe that these countries should stop relevant actions and resort to the UN to make common decisions and unite their efforts?
A: China's principled position, as I have just explained, does not contradict with what you have mentioned. China supports the efforts made by all countries including Russia in safeguarding national security. As for Russia's counter-terrorism campaign in Syria, China noted that it was launched at the Syrian government's request and was meant to deliver a blow to terrorist forces inside Syria. The Chinese side always understands and supports counter-terrorism actions that are in line with international law and with the consent of the government concerned. China calls on the international community to forge synergy and strengthen communication and coordination on counter-terrorism issues. At the same time, China believes that relevant parties should earnestly implement relevant counter-terrorism resolutions of the UN Security Council and give full play to the UN's leading role. Actually, President Putin also called for the establishment of a united front against terrorism under the aegis of the UN in his state of the nation address.
Q: China and Japan agreed to hold the 4th round of high-level consultation on maritime affairs latter this year. When will the consultation take place? What will be discussed? What is China's expectation for the consultation?
A: Upon agreement, China and Japan will hold the 4th round of high-level consultation on maritime affairs in Xiamen, Fujian Province on December 7 and 8. Departments of Foreign Affairs, National Defense, Maritime Law Enforcement and Oceanic Administration of both sides will send officials to the consultation.
The mechanism of China-Japan high-level consultations on maritime affairs is a comprehensive mechanism for communication and coordination on maritime affairs. China looks forward to having a thorough exchange of views with Japan on maritime issues of mutual interest and strengthening mutual understanding and trust.