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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on January 18, 2016


At the invitation of Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Vice President Li Yuanchao will travel to Davos, Switzerland for the 2016 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting from January 20 to 22.

During the meeting, Vice President Li Yuanchao will attend and address the special session on the Chinese economy and the G20 Summit. He will shed light on the current condition and outlook of the Chinese economy, expound on China's major reform measures and concepts on development, share with the attendees China's ideas and proposals about hosting the G20 Summit, and exchange views with leaders of relevant countries on bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest.

Q: The international community welcomes the "Implementation Day" of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear programme. What is China's comment on that? What will China do for the full implementation of the JCPOA?

A: The Chinese side hails the arrival of the "Implementation Day". Yesterday, Foreign Minister Wang Yi elaborated on China's relevant position and proposition in an interview.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the "Implementation Day" marks a solid step forward to the political and diplomatic settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue. We will move from preparation to a new stage of implementing the JCPOA. Sanctions against Iran are beginning to be lifted. It is of demonstrative effect while the international nuclear non-proliferation regime is facing test. The "Implementation Day" is doubtlessly a happy day for the Iranians who yearn for peace and development.

Minister Wang Yi pointed out that China has been committed to resolving the Iranian nuclear issue through political and diplomatic means, and has played a constructive role throughout the negotiation process of the nuclear deal, making helpful proposals on thorny issues concerning uranium enrichment and lifting of sanctions. After the deal was reached, we worked with all parties to prepare for the implementation of the deal. In particular, China has conducted effective cooperation with the US, Iran and other parties on redesigning the Arak heavy water reactor and pushing for the conclusion of the "official document" and the "memorandum of understanding", which created conditions for the coming of the "Implementation Day". The Chinese side has also donated 4 million yuan to facilitate the IAEA's inspection on Iran's compliance.

Minister Wang Yi made a three-point proposal on fully implementing the JCPOA in the next step. First, commitment must be honored. Following the guidance of the JCPOA, all parties shall make good on their promises in an equitable and balanced manner based on the principle of step-by-step and reciprocity. Second, mutual trust must be increased. All parties shall have a bigger picture in mind and make constant efforts to increase mutual trust so as to ensure the smooth implementation of the JCPOA. Third, there must be mutual understanding and mutual accommodation. All parties shall carry forward the spirit with which they reached the deal, accommodate each other, seek common grounds while reserving differences, properly deal with disputes, build on consensus and work side by side for progress.

Minister Wang Yi reaffirmed China's solemn commitment to international peace and stability, political will to implement the JCPOA, and diplomatic endeavor for the peaceful settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue. The Chinese side will continue to work with all parties for the all-round, long-term and proper settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue.

Q: Tsai Ing-wen, candidate of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the election in Taiwan. How will it impact the cross-Straits relations? How would the mainland react if Tsai Ing-wen pursued "Taiwan Independence" after taking office?

A: Head of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council has already made a statement on the election in Taiwan.

The Taiwan question falls within China's internal affairs. There is only one China in the world. Both the mainland and Taiwan belong to one China. China's sovereignty and territorial integrity brook no division. This basic fact and consensus of the international community will not be changed by the result of the election in Taiwan. The Chinese government sticks to the one-China principle and opposes "Taiwan independence", "two Chinas" and "one China, one Taiwan". This position remains unchanged and will not change regardless of what happens in Taiwan. On such a major issue as safeguarding state sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Chinese government has rock-solid determination and never tolerates any separatist activities aiming at "Taiwan independence". We hope and believe that the international community will adhere to the one-China principle, stand against any forms of "Taiwan independence" and support, with concrete actions, the peaceful development of the cross-Straits relations.

Q: It is reported that former US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns is inTaiwan for meetings with Taiwan politicians. What is China's comment on that?

A: The Chinese side has expressed concerns with the US side. I would like to reiterate that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China. Taiwan affairs are China's internal affairs. We urge the US side to abide by the one-China policy, uphold the principle enshrined in the three joint communiqu├ęs between China and the US, honor its commitment against "Taiwan independence", speak and act cautiously, refrain from interfering in China's internal affairs in any form, and make more efforts to facilitate the steady growth of China-US relations and the peaceful development of the cross-Straits relations, rather than the opposite.

Q: A statement released by the DPRK on January 16 said that it once proposed to stop nuclear tests in exchange for the US scrapping joint military drills with the ROK, and called for the signing of a peace treaty. These proposals still stand. What is China's comment on that?

A: The Chinese side always maintains that we should address both the symptoms and root causes of the issue of the Korean Peninsula with a holistic approach. We hope that all relevant parties could take a sober look at the current situation, stay on the path of resolving the issue through dialogues and consultations, meet each other halfway, properly address each other's concerns and strive for enduring peace and stability of the region with concerted efforts.

Q: President Xi Jinping is going to visit the Middle East. Will he mediate the conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia?

A: Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming has answered similar questions at the press briefing this morning. We hope that countries in the region could keep calm, exercise restraint, properly resolve differences and disputes through dialogues and consultations, and jointly maintain stability in the region. It serves the common interests of all countries in the region.

During President Xi Jinping's visit to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran, he will have in-depth exchange of views with leaders of the three countries on bilateral relations as well as major international and regional issues. The Chinese side will continue to work constructively for peace and stability in the Middle East.

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