U.S. sanctions against three senior DPRK officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Looking to the parties concerned to focus on the overall situation

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 U.S. sanctions against three senior DPRK officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Looking to the parties concerned to focus on the overall situation


At the invitation of State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the Deputy Prime Minister and foreign minister of the State of Qatar, Mohamed bin Abdullahman Alesani, will pay an official visit to China on December 12.

In recent years, China-Kazakhstan relations have maintained a good momentum of development. The two countries have established strategic partnerships, carried out extensive cooperation in energy, economy and trade, culture, investment and finance, and maintained good communication and coordination in international and regional affairs. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Kazakhstan. President Xi Jinping, State Councilor Wang Yi and Foreign Minister exchanged congratulatory messages with Amir Tamir and Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed and Foreign Minister respectively.

China attaches great importance to the development of China card relations and is willing to maintain friendly exchanges at all levels with the card side and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields in the framework of the one belt and one way framework, so as to push China card relations to a new level.

Q: State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered a speech today, in which he said that China would protect the rights and interests of Chinese citizens abroad and would never ignore bullying against the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens. According to the reports I have seen, he did not specifically mention the case of Meng Wanzhou in Huawei. He mentioned the protection of the rights and interests of overseas Chinese citizens. Does he refer specifically to the Meng Wanzhou case?

A: The information you introduced is very clear. In a speech delivered this morning by State Councilor Wang Yi and Foreign Minister, the solemn position of the Chinese government on safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens living abroad was clearly demonstrated. This is the consistent position of the Chinese government under all circumstances, including, of course, the Meng Late Boat Case, which we have repeatedly submitted to the Canadian Government and the United States Government. You can also see that in the process of negotiating with the Canadian side and the US side on this case, Chinas position is completely consistent with that stated by State Councilor Wang Yi and Foreign Minister this morning.

Q: According to some German media reports, German President Steinmeier mentioned Chinas human rights issues during his meeting with Chinese leaders yesterday. Can China confirm that? How do you respond to this?

A: China has always been open to dialogue and exchanges in the field of human rights with other countries on the basis of mutual respect. Yesterday, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang held talks and meetings with German President Steinmeier respectively. The leaders of the two countries focused on how to deepen exchanges and cooperation in political, economic, humanistic, scientific and technological fields and how to closely communicate and cooperate in multilateral affairs to jointly safeguard multilateralism and free trade, which are the main topics of the two sides and have formed many positive consensus. President Steinmeier said that his visit was the longest since he took office as President of Germany. It not only reflects the great importance attached to Sino-German relations, but also reflects a more comprehensive and in-depth understanding of China. President Steinmeier expressed admiration and appreciation for Chinas great achievements in the past 40 years of reform and opening up and for the Chinese governments continued unswerving efforts to expand its opening-up. He particularly spoke highly of the success of the Chinese government in lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and solving the problem of food and clothing. He stressed that China and Germany share broad common interests, and Germany will continue to promote exchanges and cooperation between China and Germany in various fields.

I would like to point out that the exchanges and cooperation between China and Germany are rich in connotations. The leaders of the two countries not only maintain regular communication, but also exchange a wide range of topics, including human rights protection, refugee migration and challenges brought by digital development. China and Germany differ in history, culture, stage of development and social system. Their views on some issues are not necessarily identical. However, as long as they adhere to mutual respect and treat each other equally, constructive dialogue and friendly exchanges can be conducted to enhance mutual understanding. As President Steinmeier himself said, Germany and China have different historical traditions and experiences. It is normal for them to have their own views on some issues. As strategic partners, they can enhance understanding through equal dialogue and exchanges on the basis of mutual respect, rather than through media hype.

Q: The U.S. Treasury Department has listed three top DPRK officials, including Cui Longhai, on the sanctions list. What is Chinas comment on this?

A: The current situation on the Peninsula and the peace talks are at a critical stage. It is hoped that the parties concerned will focus on the overall situation and promote the process of political settlement of the Peninsula issue, and do more to ease the situation and enhance mutual trust, rather than the contrary.

Q: It is reported that on the 10th, U.S. Ambassador to China Branstad issued a statement on World Human Rights Day. On the one hand, he acknowledged that China has made progress in many areas, including lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. On the other hand, he said that he did not agree that countries have their own human rights standards and criticized the human rights situation in China. What is Chinas response to this?

A: Yesterday, German President Steinmeier, who is visiting China, spoke highly of Chinas achievements in economic and social development. He mentioned in particular that the Chinese government has successfully solved the problem of food and clothing for hundreds of millions of people, which no one can ignore. We note that Ambassador Blanstad also acknowledged that China has made great progress. We hope that the Americans will also take seriously and objectively the development path chosen by the Chinese people themselves and the ways to promote human rights. It is impossible to know other countries accurately and promote mutual trust with prejudice. It is blind to think that ones own standards are universal and have proved to be failure in many parts of the world. It is immoral to serve ones own political purposes with the so-called human rights issues.

Q: Yesterday you mentioned that the Chinese government regretted that the Canadian government did not immediately inform China of the arrest of Meng Wanzhou. The Canadian Foreign Ministry said that the Chinese Consul General in Vancouver learned about the situation and was allowed to visit on December 1. The Chinese Ambassador to Canada also maintained contact with Canadian officials on that day. Why on earth is China dissatisfied?

A: I can answer two questions very simply. First, the consular agreement between China and Canada clearly stipulates that in the event of such a situation, the Canadian Government shall notify the Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Canada without delay. Secondly, as I said yesterday, China did not receive the first notification from Canada.

Q: The United Nations Intergovernmental Conference on Migration, which is being held in Marrakech, Morocco, adopted the Global Compact on Migration on December 10. What is Chinas comment on this?

A: The Global Compact on Migration was successfully adopted by more than 150 countries at the United Nations Intergovernmental Conference on Migration. The Compact is the first global document of the international community to coordinate the settlement of migration issues in an all-round way, providing a global cooperation framework for strengthening global migration governance.

While calling for strengthening the protection of the rights and interests of migrants, the Compact also clearly distinguishes between refugees and migrants, illegal migrants and normal migrants, and regards respect for sovereignty as the guiding principle of the Compact, consistent with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. In addition, the Contract is not an international convention and is not legally binding. States have the right to implement the Contract on a voluntary basis in accordance with their national conditions. These are also the broad consensus of the international community.

The Chinese government has deeply participated in the negotiation of the Compact and welcomed the adoption of the Compact by the Intergovernmental Conference. The Chinese government will step by step implement the Contract in accordance with its national conditions, domestic laws and regulations and the principle of voluntariness. China is ready to work with the international community to play an active role in jointly promoting safe, orderly and normal migration.

Q: It is reported that the three major mobile phone operators in Japan have basically decided to exclude Chinese products from communication equipment. Japans General Minister also said today that he hopes Japanese operators will strengthen measures to ensure network security. What is Chinas comment on this?

A: I actually answered similar questions yesterday. I will not repeat them here. You can refer to the record of the regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We note that after Japan promulgated the relevant documents, the Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan, Mr. Kan Yiwei, made a clear statement to the foreign side. I would like to emphasize here that we have always advocated that all countries in the world should promote trade and investment cooperation among themselves on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. To set up obstacles for mutual investment and cooperation for various unnecessary reasons, even for political purposes, frankly speaking, in the end it will only harm oneself and certainly be unfavorable to oneself. We hope that all countries concerned will take a long-term interest in this issue and adopt a responsible attitude towards both the international community and themselves.

Q: You just mentioned that the Canadian government did not immediately inform China of the arrest of Meng Wanzhou. How many hours after the incident happened, the Chinese office in Canada was notified?

A: You have been asking this question from different perspectives in the past two days. Ive made it clear. First, I can tell you clearly that the consular agreement between China and Canada clearly stipulates that under such circumstances, the Canadian government has the responsibility and obligation to inform the Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Canada without delay. Secondly, I can reiterate that Canada has not done so. It was the first time that Chinese officials learned about the situation from other sources. Thirdly, I can emphasize once again that the Chinese side immediately put forward strict representations to the Canadian side as soon as it has mastered the situation.

Q: Can you tell us what other channels China has learned about it?

A: I cant give you all the details here. You should first ask the Canadian government if they have fulfilled their obligations.

Q: If I asked the Canadian government, they would say they did the right thing. I think the Chinese side should elaborate on what the Chinese sides dissatisfaction actually means and how long did China receive notification from the Canadian government after the incident?

A: You can ask the Canadian government whether it was the Canadian government that China first sought, or whether the Canadian government first notified the Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Canada.

Q: Yesterday, a Japanese citizen was sentenced to 12 yearsimprisonment by the Chinese side. Can China introduce the reasons for sentencing and related details?

A: As for specific cases, you can refer to the competent authorities in China. I can only tell you that the relevant Chinese departments handle cases according to law.

Due to the working arrangements, the regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was held at 14:30 on Wednesday, December 12, with the venue unchanged.