|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on November 9, 2016|
At the invitation of President Rafael Correa Delgado of Ecuador, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru and President Michelle Bachelet Jeria of Chile, President Xi Jinping will pay state visits to the aforementioned three countries from November 17 to 23. At the invitation of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru, President Xi Jinping will attend the 24th APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit in Lima, Peru from November 19 to 20.
Q: The US presidential election result has just come out and Donald Trump is elected the next US President. Do you have any comment on that? Considering the uncertainties and ambiguity of Trump’s policy towards China, how will China and the US strengthen strategic communication in the future?
A: We are closely watching the final result of the US presidential election. We look forward to working with the next US government to move forward the sound and steady bilateral relations and bring benefits to people in the two countries and the world.
Q: What kind of partner will Trump be to China?
A: As I just said, we are following the final result of the US election. We also hope that the new US government can make joint efforts with China to present a steady and sound bilateral relationship to people from the two countries and beyond, as this is good news for both the two countries and the world.
Q: According to Straits Times, in response to news that the Philippines and Malaysia will communicate on their recent pro-China outreach during Philippine President Duterte’s visit to Malaysia, spokesperson of the Philippine Foreign Ministry said that the policies of the Philippines and Malaysia on China are well within ASEAN’s common position when it comes to relations with China and that countries act on their own national interests. Do you have any comment on this?
A: President Duterte of the Philippines and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia successively paid visits to China. They met with and reached important consensus with Chinese leaders and achieved fruitful results on developing bilateral ties, carrying forward traditional friendships and deepening mutually beneficial cooperation.
By developing relations with China, relevant countries make a right choice that serves the interests of their own people in pursuit of peace and development through dialogue and cooperation. It will miss the point if someone still sees this as “pro-China” or “anti-China” in a cold-war mentality.
China is committed to a neighborhood foreign policy of friendliness and good-neighborliness featuring amity, sincerity, mutual benefits and inclusiveness. China will continue to develop friendly relations with its neighboring countries including ASEAN countries such as the Philippines and Malaysia, jointly safeguard and promote regional peace, stability and prosperity and deliver more benefits to regional people.
Q: A report by the Center for Science and Security Studies at King’s College, UK contends that China continues to aid Pakistan’s nuclear and missile programs and is its most important supplier of all forms of goods. Do you have any response?
A: We have noted relevant report It may sound plausible but cannot stand closer analysis because it fails to answer one essential question, that is, whether China’s export of goods to Pakistan alleged by the report violates any of China’s national regulations on non-proliferation export control or China’s international obligations under the UN Security Council resolutions and multilateral export control mechanism that China enters into. If there’s no such violation, then China’s export to Pakistan in whatever volume is beyond reproach as it is just normal trade between two friendly neighboring countries.
I would like to emphasize that pursuing a serious, earnest and responsible non-proliferation policy, China has put in place a full-fledged nuclear non-proliferation export control regulation system through decade-long efforts. China’s system reaches world-class standard by adopting the catch-all controls principle and list-based management method.
You asked whether there may be some individual companies or personnel who might violate China’s domestic laws or international obligations concerning non-proliferation export for commercial interests, and I can tell you that should such cases occur, the perpetrators will be punished in strict accordance with China’s laws and regulations. Besides, I don’t believe there is a single country in the world that could guarantee zero occurrence of such case in its country.
The speculation made by relevant report will lead to nothing. If relevant think-tank really cares about the non-proliferation export control, I would suggest that it study China’s national non-proliferation export control regulations and compare cases they listed with them before reaching a conclusion on China’s violation. But if they have ulterior motives, they had better drop their unrealistic illusions without any delay.
Q: Considering the high possibility of Trump winning the US presidential election, how do you respond to anxieties in the US that China’s extended export to the US has stolen jobs from the US?
A: As I have just said regarding the US presidential election, we hope that the new US government will work alongside us to develop a steady and sound bilateral relationship as this is good for people of the two countries and beyond.
As for economic and trade issues and disputes that come up in bilateral relations, as you can see, China-US economic and trade relationship is a mutually beneficial and win-win one. That explains how the bilateral trade volume has skyrocketed from just 2 billion dollars in early 1970s to over 550 billion last year. Such cooperation has benefited people in both countries. As for some specific disputes in economy and trade, there are ready-to-use and mature frameworks and models to resolve them for China and the US, two major countries and players in the WTO. We believe that two major countries as mature as China and the US are capable of handling these issues.
You asked about some comments emerging from the US presidential election, like linking changes of the employment situation in the US with China-US trade. The past several decades have shown to us that trade between China and the US only brings benefits and more jobs to the two peoples, not the opposite.
Q: Manila's incoming ambassador to Beijing said that China is complying with an international arbitral ruling on the South China Sea just without acknowledging it. Do you have any response to that?
A: I believe you are pretty clear about China’s position on the unlawful arbitration on the South China Sea and I will not repeat it here.
The reason of the overall restoration and improvement of China-Philippines relations has been stated here once and again. China and the Philippines have done a good job handling relevant issues and fostering cooperation for the most time since the two countries established diplomatic relations, except for the past five years when bilateral relations were poisoned by the wrong policy especially initiation of the so-called illegal arbitration case by the former Philippine government. Bilateral cooperation has brought dividends to their people.
President’s Duterte’s visit has led to an overall improvement of bilateral relations. It is fully possible for the two sides to return to the right track of properly resolving relevant issues and forging cooperation.
Q: Trump has been saying that he will review US military alliances in the Asia-Pacific, the ROK and Japan in particular. Do you welcome the new policy by the new US government in this region?
A: As I have said, we hope and stay committed to working alongside the new US government to forge a sound and steady bilateral relationship as this is good to people in the two countries and beyond.
A sound China-US relationship rests on the fact that the two major countries jointly make cooperative and constructive efforts to contribute to regional and world peace, stability and prosperity. We hope that all parties concerned can welcome and take part in such joint efforts.