|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on December 25, 2015|
Q: The 2016-2018 scale of assessments for the apportionment of the expenses of the UN and UN peacekeeping operations has been adopted at the General Assembly’s meeting on December 23. In the next three years, China is going to pay 7.921 percent of the regular UN budget as the third-largest contributor and share 10.2 percent of the UN peace-keeping cost as the second-largest contributor. What is your comment on that?
A: We have noted the relevant resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly. As a founding member of the UN and a permanent member of the Security Council, China firmly upholds the international order and system formed on the basis of the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and supports the UN in playing an important role in international affairs. In keeping with the principle of the capacity to pay, China contributes its due share to the UN budget for regular and peacekeeping operations in a timely and unconditional fashion.
In the coming 3 years, China’s UN membership fee and share of peacekeeping cost will increase by a large margin, which is natural as China becomes world’s second-largest economy with its aggregate economic volume increasing year by year. Meanwhile, China is also the largest developing country with a low per capita income. The scale of assessments for the regular budget reflects China’s capacity to pay as a developing country. China and other developing countries will stay entitled to adjustments for low-income countries. It is a reflection of UN’s longstanding principle of the capacity to pay.
As a responsible major country and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China will contribute in full and on time what it is obligated to financially, shoulder its special responsibility as a permanent member of the Security Council in sharing the peacekeeping cost, and support the UN in playing a bigger role in safeguarding world peace and promoting common development.
Q: It is reported that the Japanese woman taken into custody in Shanghai on suspicion of spying was officially arrested, while the Japanese man under residential surveillance in Beijing due to the allegation of spying was put under criminal detention. Can you confirm that?
A: As far as I know, relevant authorities of China are handling the cases in accordance with law. The Chinese side has informed the Japanese side of the situation. I have no more details to offer.
Q: China’s reception of the Syrian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister yesterday attracted world attention. What achievements have been made during the visit on the issue of Syria?
A: At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Syrian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem is in China for an official visit. State Councilor Yang Jiechi met with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Moallem. Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with him yesterday, discussing mainly the process of resolving the Syrian issue.
The most important outcome of the visit is that Syria has, for the first time, publicly stated that it accepts Resolution 2254 of the UN Security Council and is willing to hold talks with the opposition under the auspices of the UN. The Syrian side also stated that it would like to pursue a ceasefire and cooperate with the international community for humanitarian assistance. They hope that the international community will come up with specific measures to help rebuild Syria’s economy and ensure the implementation of relevant counter-terrorism resolution of the Security Council.
China once again made clear its principled position on the issue of Syria during the visit, that is, we should stay committed to a political resolution, a Syrian-led process and support UN’s role as a major channel. The Chinese side will stay in communication, coordination and cooperation with all parities, continue with its constructive efforts and push for early and substantive outcomes of the political settlement of the Syrian issue.