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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on January 29, 2016


At the invitation of State Councilor Yang Jiechi, Hor Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia will co-host the third meeting of the China-Cambodia Inter-governmental Coordination Committee with State Councilor Yang Jiechi in Bejing from February 3 to 6.

Q: According to reports by the Indonesian media, China's joint project to build a high-speed railway in Indonesia has been suspended as the construction permit is yet to be issued. Can you give us more details on that?

A: We have noted the relevant report about the so-called suspension of the high-speed railway program linking Jakarta and Bandung. It is not true. Relevant leading official of the China Railway Corporation has already made clarification on that. We have recently held the groundbreaking ceremony for the high-speed railway program. Governments and companies of China and Indonesia all attach great importance to the program, and are cooperating closely to press vigorously ahead with all related work. The Chinese side will make concerted efforts with the Indonesian side to ensure the smooth implementation of the program in a bid to deliver benefits to the Indonesians at an early date. We will avail ourselves of this opportunity to improve practical cooperation and produce more win-win results.

Q: The Bank of Japan today announced the introduction of a negative interest rate as an additional monetary easing step. The Japanese yen slid sharply in the wake of that. What is China's comment on that? How will it affect the Chinese economy, foreign trade in particular?

A: I suggest that you raise this question with the financial and economic authorities. Generally speaking, we hope that all countries would adopt responsible economic and monetary policies conducive to world economic recovery and growth.

Q: The Canadian government said that it found the indictment of Kevin Garratt by China concerning. What is China's comment on that?

A: According to what we have learnt from relevant departments, the People's Procuratorate of Dandong has brought a lawsuit against Canadian citizen Kevin Garratt in the Intermediate People's Court of Dandong on charges of spying and stealing state secrets. The case is being tried. It is learnt that during the investigation, Chinese authorities also found evidence which implicated Garratt in accepting tasks from Canadian espionage agencies to gather intelligence in China. China's judicial authorities will handle the case strictly according to law and Kevin Garratt's legal rights and interests will be fully guaranteed.

Q: Several countries have voiced their support for Christine Lagarde to serve a second term as the Managing Director of the IMF. What is China's position in this regard? Does China support her?

A: The IMF has established procedure and rules for the selection of the Managing Director. The Chinese side supports the IMF in conducting selection in accordance with that. The 2010 package of reforms on quotas and governance in the IMF proposed that executives of the IMF and other international financial institutions shall be selected in an open and transparent manner regardless of nationalities. It is believed that the selection of IMF Managing Director will follow this direction.

Q: We are all interested in the recent visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry. How do you comment on his visit?

A: At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, US Secretary of State Kerry came to China on January 26 and 27. During his stay, President Xi Jinping and State Councilor Yang Jiechi met with him respectively, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with him. The two sides had positive, candid and constructive communication on China-US relations and other major issues of mutual interest, reaching consensus on some important issues.

Both sides believe that important progress has been made in the China-US relationship over the past year, thanks to the concerted efforts of both sides. There will be a series of high-level exchanges and an important agenda in the China-US relationship in 2016. The two sides should act on consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, stick to the principle of no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, expand coordination and cooperation at bilateral, regional and global levels, manage differences and sensitive issues in a constructive way and strive for more outcomes of the new type of major-country relationship between China and the US.

The two sides also had thorough, in-depth and helpful discussions on the issue of the Korean Peninsula, with the mutual understanding increased and important consensus reached. Both sides agree to press firmly ahead with denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and safeguard peace and stability of the Peninsula. Both believe that the UN Security Council should adopt a new resolution on DPRK's nuclear test and take further actions. The two sides will have comprehensive consultation with all the other parties on the content of the resolution through permanent missions to the UN. It is also agreed that sanctions are not an end in themselves, and the key is to restart dialogue and negotiation so as to bring the Korean nuclear issue back to the correct track of dialogues and consultations.

The two sides also exchanged views on issues including the South China Sea. Both affirm that relevant disputes should be peacefully resolved through dialogues and consultations.

Q: Sri Lankan Prime Minister has recently reversed his stance on the Colombo port city project, saying that it would go forward. What is China's comment on that?

A: China and Sri Lanka enjoy long-lasting friendship. Bilateral cooperation is conducted on the basis of equality and mutual benefit for win-win results. It is believed that, proceeding from its need of economic and social development, the Sri Lankan side would further deepen its practical cooperation with China. We are willing to see competent Chinese companies invest and conduct business in Sri Lanka.

Q: Human Rights Watch criticized China in its recently released annual report. What is China's comment on that?

A: Only the wearer knows if the shoe fits his feet. Only the people of China know best how the human rights condition in China is. The human rights cause is an important part of China's economic and social development. It is making steady progress in accordance with China's national condition and people's requirement. I also want to point out that China is a country under the rule of law. All those who violate the law shall be punished according to law. It is hoped that relevant parties will be objective, fair and sensible with the development of all undertakings in China.

Q: On January 27, Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir ordered the opening of his country's border with South Sudan for the first time since 2011. South Sudan's government spokesman said the reopening of the border is a positive move which will help normalize bilateral relations and boost economic ties. What is China's comment on that?

A: The Chinese side welcomes Sudan's opening of its land border with South Sudan and is willing to see their continuous improvement of relations, and realization of good-neighborliness, friendliness and common development.

Q: Media reports say that the ROK and the US will discuss the deployment of THADD on the Korean Peninsula. The ROK Defense Ministry holds a positive position on that. What is China's comment on that?

A: China's position on the issue of anti-missile is consistent and clear. Countries when pursuing their own security, should take into account others' security interests as well as regional peace and stability. The situation on the Korean Peninsula is highly sensitive. It is hoped that relevant countries would approach the issue with caution.

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