Q: We have noticed that for some time, some Western countries have accused China of the issue of border-related issues. But this past weekend, the Foreign MinistersMeeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Abu Dhabi passed a resolution commending the efforts of the Chinese government to care for Muslims. What is the speakers comment on this?
A: On March 2, at the 46th meeting of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers held in Abu Dhabi, the resolution was adopted to give positive comments and full recognition to the efforts made by the Chinese Government to care for Chinese Muslims, and expressed its willingness to strengthen cooperation with China. China highly appreciates this. Not long ago, when the OIC delegation came to China to hold political consultation with China, it also paid a special visit to Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, witnessing the situation of local Muslims living and working in peace and contentment and fully enjoying freedom of religious belief. The delegation highly appreciated the policy of national and religious freedom pursued by the Chinese Government and affirmed Chinas preventive anti-terrorism and anti-extremism efforts. In fact, China has long maintained traditional friendship with Islamic countries and maintained close communication and exchanges with OIC. Under the current situation, China is ready to work with OIC to further deepen mutually beneficial cooperation between China and the Islamic world and OIC in various fields, and to build bilateral relations into a model of civilized exchanges and a model of South-South cooperation.
Q: According to Pakistani media reports, Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi said that Chinese envoys would visit Pakistan and India to ease tensions between the two countries. What is Chinas comment? It is also reported that Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov proposed to mediate tensions between India and Pakistan through the SCO mechanism. Do you agree with the Russian side?
A: On your first question, in fact, we have said many times that India and Pakistan, as important countries in South Asia, very much hope that they can maintain good-neighborly friendship and solve their problems through friendly consultation. I also said here that in order to ease the recent tensions between India and Pakistan, China and India and Pakistan have maintained close communication and are doing the work of persuasion and negotiation. China will continue to play a constructive role in its own way as long as it is conducive to easing the situation between the two sides and peace and stability in the region.
As for the second question you mentioned, I have also seen relevant reports. Foreign Minister Lavrov said that he could consider making use of the relevant mechanisms of the SCO to do some work. Chinas principled position is that we encourage all relevant parties of the international community to make constructive efforts to promote regional easing and maintain regional peace and stability.
Q: It is reported that China and the United States held a handover ceremony of Chinese artifacts and works of art in the United States last week. The United States handed over 361 previously seized lost Chinese cultural relics to China. There are comments on the Internet that the US is acting in good faith. What is Chinas comment on this?
Answer: If the online comment is an analysis of the US sides considerations, you are advised to check with the US side directly.
On the return of 361 lost Chinese cultural relics to China by China and the United States in Indianapolis, we have expressed our views here: China appreciates this. This is the third time since the two sides signed the Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding on Restricting the Import of Chinese Cultural Relics that the United States has returned to China the lost cultural relics, which is also the largest one. As I said, strengthening cooperation in the protection of cultural relics is an important part of Sino-US cultural exchanges. The return of cultural relics to China by the United States is, of course, a positive move.
As for whether this is a good-will move of the US side under the current situation, we have said many times that there will inevitably be some differences, some problems and even some contradictions between the two major powers in the development of relations. But when you look back at the past 40 years of Sino-US relations, despite the contradictions and differences between the two sides, more and more cooperation and exchanges have taken place. This is the inevitable result of the high degree of integration of interests between the two countries as their relations develop to today. Therefore, we should encourage all positive measures conducive to promoting the common interests of the two countries and enhancing their mutual ties.
Q: Lawyers for Ms. Meng Wanzhou of Huawei have filed lawsuits against the Canadian government, police and other departments, accusing them of imprisoning Bangladesh unreasonably for up to three hours at the airport, and claiming that the Canadian side has violated her constitutional rights. Does China support the prosecution of Bang Wanzhou against Canada?
A: Regarding the legal actions taken by Ms. Meng and Huawei, I suggest that you go directly to Huawei.
The Chinese governments position on the Meng Wanzhou incident is very clear. The abuse of bilateral extradition treaties by the United States and Canada to impose compulsory measures on Chinese citizens is a serious violation of the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens and a serious political event. We once again urge the US side to immediately withdraw the arrest warrant and extradition request for Ms. Meng Wanzhou. We urge the Canadian side to release Ms. Meng Wanzhou immediately so that she can return to China safely and effectively safeguard her legitimate rights and interests so as to avoid further mistakes.
Question: On the one hand, Meng Wanzhou brought a lawsuit against Canada; on the other hand, China does not allow Cummingkai and Michael to meet lawyers. Isnt this a double standard?
A: In the case of two Canadian citizens mentioned by you, my colleagues and I have made it clear that China has strictly fulfilled its obligations under the Sino-Canadian Consular Agreement.
At the same time, I think you already know that Cummingkai and Michael, two Canadian citizens, are suspected of engaging in activities that endanger Chinas national security. The relevant Chinese authorities have taken compulsory measures against them in accordance with the law. I believe you know very well that Chinas approach is no different from that of other countries in the world in dealing with such cases involving national security.
Question: Can you confirm whether these two Canadian citizens were allowed to see lawyers?
A: As I said just now, China has made necessary consular briefings to Canada in accordance with the law and fulfilled its obligations under the Sino-Canadian Consular Agreement.
Q: Regarding the situation between India and Pakistan, is China willing to play a mediation role between India and Pakistan? Russias foreign minister has previously indicated that Russia is willing to intervene in mediation. Will China do the same?
A: As far as the Russian side is concerned, I have just said that we welcome all positive measures that will help ease the current situation in the region and promote regional peace and stability. In fact, China has maintained close communication with India and Pakistan, and has been doing the work of persuading and facilitating talks. We are willing to continue to play such a constructive role.
Source: Responsible Editor of the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Wang Zheng_N7526