|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on March 9, 2016|
At the invitation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Russia from March 10 to 11.
Q: The US plans to base long-range bombers in Australia for the freedom of navigation and over-flight in the South China Sea. What is your response to that? Do you think that may create more tensions?
A: We are concerned about the relevant report. Peace, cooperation and development has become a major trend of the region that all people are aspiring for. Cooperation between relevant countries should focus on safeguarding regional peace, stability and development. Any bilateral cooperation must not jeopardize a third party's interests.
Q: The US has reportedly done a secret poll about the lease of the Darwin Port awarded to the Chinese firm. The result of the poll shows that 9 out of 10 Australians were suspicious about that on national security grounds. What is your reaction to that?
A: It is not necessary for the Australian public to be so suspicious about that. The economic cooperation and trade between China and Australia highlights the great opportunities offered by China's development to Australia. The Chinese side is ready to enhance mutually beneficial cooperation with the Australian side in a bid to realize common development and common prosperity. Relevant operations by Chinese companies in Australia are normal business operations following market rules, international conventions as well as domestic laws of Australia. They have created enormous benefits for the two sides and are thus welcomed by the Australian government and people. We hope that people from all sectors of Australia would be objective about cooperation between Chinese companies and the Australian side. We noted that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had made a statement on the poll, indicating that Australian defense and security officials do not think that the cooperation poses any threat to the national interests of Australia.
Q: It is reported that China is implementing the Security Council Resolution on the DPRK and will forbid the entry of DPRK ships starting from March 10. Can you update us on China's implementation of the resolution?
A: Resolution 2270 has been adopted by the UN Security Council. As a permanent member of the Security Council and a responsible country, we always fully and earnestly implement relevant resolutions of the Security Council. This time is no exception.
I also wish to point out that Resolution 2270 not just contains sanctions; it also asks the parties to restart the Six-Party Talks, solve problems through dialogues and negotiations and uphold peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula. We hope that the resolution would be implemented in its entirety in a balanced way.
Q: Photos released by the DPRK several days ago showed that the DPRK is using Chinese made trucks in its new mobile artillery system. What is China's response to this?
A: The Chinese side faithfully implements relevant resolutions of the Security Council and fulfills its international obligations. We will retain tight control over items prohibited by the Security Council resolutions.
Q: What are the main topics that Foreign Minister Wang Yi wants to discuss with the Russian Foreign Minister during his upcoming visit?
A: The two foreign ministers will have in-depth discussions on the current China-Russia relations for further advancement at a high level. As the international situation is changing profoundly, the two foreign ministers will also exchange views on international and regional issues of common interest in a bid to promote strategic coordination and safeguard regional and international peace, security and stability.
Q: Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke by phone with US Secretary of State John Kerry today about the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Can you provide more details and were any other topics discussed?
A: This morning, Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke by phone with US Secretary of State Kerry about the bilateral relationship and the current situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointed out that the situation on the Peninsula is highly charged. It calls on all parties to keep calm, exercise restraint and avoid provoking each other.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi also stressed that when dealing with the current situation on the Peninsula, China's reasonable and legitimate strategic security concerns and interests must not be damaged.
Q: Yesterday, the ROK announced its unilateral sanctions against the DPRK. Does China have any comment on that?
A: China will fully and faithfully follow Resolution 2270 which has been adopted by the UN Security Council. The Chinese side does not believe that unilateral sanctions could solve the problem. Relevant sanctions must not impair the legitimate interests of China. The current situation on the Peninsula is complex and sensitive. It is hoped that all parties would act with prudence, stay cool-headed and refrain from aggravating tensions.
Q: A cargo ship from the DPRK was reportedly refused access to the port of Rizhao in Shandong province. Is that a practice of implementing the new resolution against the DPRK? Will that also apply to other cargo ships from the DPRK?
A: I am not aware of the specifics. As I just said, the Chinese side will fully and faithfully follow UN Resolution 2270.
Q: The DPRK's supreme leader Kim Jong Un said the country has miniaturized nuclear warheads to be mounted on ballistic missiles. What is China's response to this?
A: China holds a clear stance on the nuclear issue on the Peninsula. We stay committed to promoting and realizing denuclearization and maintaining peace and stability on the Peninsula. We maintain that disputes should be resolved through dialogues and negotiations. It is hoped that under the current circumstances, more efforts would be made to uphold peace and stability on the Peninsula.
Q: The international investigation team probing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 released an interim statement on March 8, saying that the team is still working on areas leading to the accident. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak stated on the same day that the current search operation is expected to be completed later this year, and that if the Indian Ocean search fails, Malaysia, Australia and China will meet to determine the way forward. What is China's comment on the interim statement and developments of the investigation and the search?
A: Ever since the accident took place, the Chinese side has been cooperating with Malaysia, Australia and other relevant parties through close communication in the search for the aircraft and the investigation in the accident. The Chinese side has noted the second interim statement released by the international investigation team on March 8, and hopes that the team will continue with the probe with all-out efforts and find out the cause of the accident so as to give a responsible answer to relatives of passengers aboard.
The Australia-led deep water search is still going on. This January, the Chinese government sent a specialized ship to the Southern Indian Ocean to join the search operation. The Chinese side will stay in communication and cooperation with countries related in the search mission.