Q: It is reported that Swiss Federal President Maurer wrote that China-Switzerland relations have a long history and the understanding, understanding and cooperation between the two countries have been developing steadily. In a pluralistic, complex and interdependent world, China and Switzerland have set an example for solving many global challenges. What is Chinas comment on this?
A: China appreciates Chairman Maurers positive remarks. At present, China-Switzerland relations are developing well. You should remember that in early 2017, President Xi Jinping made a successful state visit to Switzerland and the two sides reached a series of important consensus. The two sides are facing new opportunities for development in the fields of one belt and one road, economy, finance, free trade and humanities.
Against the background of many unstable and uncertain factors facing the current international situation, the mutually beneficial and friendly cooperation between China and Switzerland has not only brought tangible benefits to the two peoples, but also promoted the development of China-EU relations, and at the same time has made a positive voice for jointly safeguarding multilateralism and free trade.
As you all know, Vice President Wang Qishan is visiting Switzerland at present. This visit to Switzerland is the first work of high-level exchanges between China and Switzerland in 2019. China looks forward to further promoting the implementation of the important consensus reached by President Xi Jinping during his visit to Switzerland through Vice President Wang Qishans visit, maintaining close high-level exchanges between the two countries, enhancing political mutual trust, deepening China-Switzerland innovative strategic partnership and closer bilateral and China-EU cooperation.
Q: Former diplomats and scholars from more than a dozen countries issued an open letter to China today asking China to release two Canadian citizens recently detained in China. Whats your comment on this?
A: I have noticed that the letter you mentioned should come from Canada and several of its allies. A total of seven former diplomats and scholars from several other countries. These people made at least two mistakes:
First, to equate those engaged in research and normal Sino-foreign exchanges with two Canadians suspected of engaging in activities harmful to Chinas national security who have been taken compulsory measures by the Chinese national security organs. This is a great disrespect for those who are committed to normal and friendly exchanges between China and foreign countries.
Second, interfere in Chinas judicial sovereignty. It is a lack of respect for Chinas judicial sovereignty and the minimum spirit of the rule of law to publicly press for the release of two Canadian citizens who are being investigated by the relevant authorities in accordance with the law.
I would like to emphasize once again that China welcomes foreign citizens, whether former diplomats, scholars or ordinary people, to conduct normal friendly exchanges in China. As long as they abide by Chinas laws and regulations, there is nothing to worry about.
Q: Since December last year, protests against President Bashir broke out in several Sudanese cities. The United Nations believes that the Sudanese government has used excessive force against the protestors. What is Chinas view on this? Officials of the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations recently appealed to the Security Council to consider reducing sanctions against Sudan. What is the starting point of China? Do you think that the reduction of sanctions to some extent will aggravate the repression of the protestors by the Sudanese government?
A: Sudan is a friendly country of China. We respect the Sudanese governments handling of relevant issues in accordance with its own laws. It is hoped that the Sudanese government will properly handle relevant issues and maintain domestic peace and stability.
As for the statement made by the officials of the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations, China has always believed that sanctions are not an end in themselves and hopes that any country will maintain peace and stability.
Q: It is reported that the Canadian Ambassador to the United States said in an interview that the United States has informed the Canadian side that it will formally submit an extradition request for the Bangladesh evening boat case. Canada does not like the American judicial treatment of Bangladesh evening boat, but Canadians are punished. What is Chinas comment on this?
A: China has repeatedly expressed its solemn position on the Meng Wanzhou incident. Anyone with normal judgment can see that the Canadian side has made serious mistakes on this issue from the very beginning. Meng Wanzhou incident is obviously not an ordinary judicial case. The arbitrary abuse of bilateral extradition treaties between Canada and the United States constitutes a serious violation of the security and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens. We urge the Canadian side to release Ms. Meng Wanzhou immediately and ensure her legitimate and legitimate rights and interests. We also strongly urge the US side to immediately correct its mistakes, revoke the arrest warrant for Ms. Meng Wanzhou and refrain from submitting formal extradition requests to Canada.
Q: If the United States formally requests extradition in the Bangladesh Late Boat case, does China think that Canada should continue its judicial process in accordance with the extradition treaty between the United States and Canada?
A: I think any country, not just Canada, should truly respect the spirit of the rule of law. However, as China has repeatedly stated its solemn position, the Meng Late Boat Incident was a serious mistake from the very beginning. It is clearly not an ordinary judicial case, but an abuse of bilateral extradition treaties between the United States and Canada.
Q: Former Canadian diplomats mentioned in their open letter to China that they believe that policy research and diplomatic work in China are not only unpopular, but also involve risks. You just said that China welcomes foreign citizens to China for friendly exchanges, as long as they abide by Chinese laws and regulations. Are you worried that people dont think so?
A: Do you know how many scholars and diplomats and ex-diplomats in China who often communicate with other countries, engage in research on China and promote mutual understanding and cooperation between China and other countries? Obviously, this number is far more than Cummingkay and Michael, far more than the former diplomats of the seven countries and scholars of several countries in the open letter. Therefore, they can not represent the voice of people engaged in normal and friendly exchanges between China and foreign countries at all.
China is the safest country in the world. As long as it does not violate Chinas laws and regulations, there will be no problems in Chinas security and freedom. These people are deliberately creating a sense of panic. Are they under any threat in China? Are they willing to equate themselves with the two persons suspected of engaging in activities harmful to Chinas national security who have been investigated by the relevant Chinese authorities according to law? If not, they are deliberately making the mistake of stealing beams and changing columns.
These people deliberately publicly voiced pressure, is it hoped that Chinas 1.4 billion people will also send an open letter to Canadian leaders? I think the voice of justice of the Chinese people must be louder than that of more than one hundred people.
Q: The former Director of Canadas Security Intelligence Agency called on Canada to ban Huawei. He pointed out that Chinas treatment of two Canadian citizens was justified by suspicion that it might abuse the Canadian communications facilities if it had access to them. What is Chinas comment on this?
A: I dont want to comment on such nonsense any more.
I see foreign netizens sarcastically saying that the United States and Canada are now so depressed by Chinese high-tech companies that they are afraid that Chinese companies will engage in espionage activities, so that they are afraid that Chinese-made forks may be spies. Such an absurd logic has reached its peak.
We have always said that security issues must be factual. So far, the United States, Canada and several of their so-called allies are trying to create a panic in the world that the use of Chinas high-tech communications equipment will be monitored by China, but do they have any evidence?! No, If there is no evidence, I hope these people had better stop and stop making comments that make the world feel ridiculous.
Q: If the US formally extradites Meng Wanzhou, will China retaliate?
A: As early as December 9 last year, Vice Foreign Minister Yucheng Le made it very clear when he summoned the U.S. Ambassador to China. The actions of the US side seriously infringe upon the legitimate and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens and are of extremely bad nature. China resolutely opposes this. We urge the US side to attach great importance to Chinas solemn position, take measures to correct erroneous practices and revoke arrest warrants against Chinese citizens. China will respond further to the actions of the United States.
Q: You said that Canada and the United States abused extradition procedures. What motivation do you think they have? In order to achieve what purpose?
You are a veteran journalist. Didnt you ask for it knowingly?
Anyone with normal judgment can see the essence of the event. This naked and unreasonable suppression of Chinas high-tech enterprises will be proved to be extremely wrong by history. I believe that fairness and justice will come.
Q: If Meng Wanzhou was extradited to the United States, would it affect the Sino-US economic and trade negotiations?
A: As I have said, this incident is a serious mistake. We ask the US side to correct it immediately.
Q: Some people believe that if the Canadian side does not immediately release Meng Wanzhou, it may face serious consequences. If the US side extradites Meng Wanzhou, will it also face serious consequences?
Answer: Everyone is responsible for his own actions, and so is a country. We hope that both Canada and the United States will recognize the serious nature of this incident and take measures to correct the mistakes.
Q: It seems that China is facing increasing pressure on the detention of two Canadian citizens. If other countries put more pressure on Chinas diplomacy, will China be prepared to bear the corresponding consequences?
A: On this issue, as I have shown a few days ago, there is no question that the Chinese side is facing increasing pressure. Even with the open letter just mentioned by the Canadian Global Post reporter, some former diplomats from seven countries, namely Canada and its six allies, plus scholars from several countries, cannot represent the mainstream voice of the international community. How many countries and people are there in the world? China has more than 1.4 billion people, and the voice of justice is on the Chinese side.
I hope these former diplomats and scholars will understand the minimum principles and respect the minimum spirit of the rule of law. If we dont even have the spirit of seeking truth from facts, how can we do research? Can the results of their research conform to the facts?