China Daily: on August 7, ivanina, director of the U.S. counterintelligence and security center, issued a statement saying that Russia, China, Iran and other countries will try to intervene in the US 2020 general election. The United States believes that China does not want President trump to be re elected because he is unpredictable. Before the election, China has been making greater efforts to influence American politics, trying to influence the policy environment of the United States, putting pressure on American politicians who think they are anti China, and shifting criticism of China. China has increasingly criticized the United States for the past few months in response to the US governments response to the epidemic, closing the Chinese consulate general, Hongkong, the South China Sea, HUAWEI, and tiktok international. China believes that this may affect the US election. What is Chinas comment on this?
Zhao Lijian: the US election is an internal affair of the United States. China has no interest in and has never intervened. At the same time, we have repeatedly stated that some people in the United States should immediately stop the trick of drawing China into American domestic politics.
As for the specific contents of the statement you mentioned, I must stress that some American politicians always regard themselves as their own and repeatedly use hypothetical or future words such as may and attempt to slander China without any real evidence. We advise these American politicians to show professionalism and take a responsible attitude towards their own reputation and the national image of the United States to stop slandering China.
The logic of the US sides claim that Chinas increasing public criticism of the US government is to influence the US election is ridiculous. It is the United States that interferes in Chinas internal affairs and damages Chinas interests first, and Chinas legitimate and necessary response comes second.
I would like to emphasize once again that Chinas policy towards the United States is consistent. We are committed to achieving non conflict, non confrontation, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation with the US side. At the same time, we will firmly safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests. This policy has not changed.
Macao monthly: on August 9, Mahinda Rajapaksa, former president of Sri Lanka, was sworn in as Prime Minister of the new government in Colombo. What is Chinas comment on this?
Zhao Lijian: on the 9th, Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. China congratulates him on this. Premier Li Keqiang has sent a congratulatory message to him.
China Sri Lanka relations are traditional and friendly. In recent years, the strategic partnership of sincere mutual assistance and generation friendship between the two countries has flourished, and cooperation in various fields has been continuously expanded and deepened. Go through thick and thin together novel coronavirus pneumonia, and the Sino SARS friendship has been consolidated and promoted.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa has long been actively committed to promoting China Sri Lanka friendship. China attaches great importance to the development of relations with Sri Lanka, and is willing to work with Sri Lanka to consolidate traditional friendship, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, promote faster development of bilateral relations and better benefit the two countries and their people.
Peoples Daily: a question about personnel exchanges. China has said that it will take necessary measures to ensure that foreign personnel engaged in necessary economic, trade and scientific and technological activities will come to China. What measures has China taken to facilitate the visa application of foreigners who really need to come to China?
Zhao Lijian: since March 28, the Chinese government has temporarily suspended most foreigners from entering China with valid visa and residence permit at that time, but at the same time, it has actively provided visa facilities for foreigners who come to China to engage in necessary economic and trade, scientific and technological activities, and for urgent humanitarian needs. Recently, with the control of the epidemic situation in many countries, the demand for personnel communication has increased. To this end, China is gradually and orderly releasing the visa for returning to work and production and other necessary personnel to come to China. It should be noted that for those who hold valid visa or residence permit and need to apply for a new visa, Chinese embassies and consulates abroad will apply for them free of charge.
Pakistan News Agency: it is reported that the grand jirga meeting of the Afghan consultation has approved the release of the last 400 Taliban prisoners, paving the way for inter Afghan dialogue. Whats your comment?
Zhao Lijian: the issue of prisoners release is an important link in building mutual trust between the Afghan government and the Afghan Taliban and opening internal negotiations among the Afghan people. China welcomes the Afghan government and people to discuss and agree on relevant important matters through the grand jirga consultation meeting in accordance with their own rules of procedure, which embodies the principle of Afghan led and Afghan owned peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, and believes that it will accumulate favorable conditions for Afghan internal negotiations.
The current situation in Afghanistan is at a critical stage. The relevant parties should abide by and fulfill their commitments and agreements to Afghanistan, so as to ensure the stable and orderly development of the situation in Afghanistan. China is willing to continue to play a constructive role in promoting the political settlement of the Afghan issue and the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
Shenzhen satellite TV: it is reported that Azar, the US Secretary of health and human services, arrived in Taiwan yesterday and began his visit. This morning, he met with Tsai ing ing Wen, leader of the Taiwan region. After that, he plans to hold talks with relevant officials of the Taiwan authorities. What is Chinas comment on this?
Zhao Lijian: China has always firmly opposed official exchanges between the United States and Taiwan, and has made solemn representations to the United States on the relevant situations you mentioned.
I would like to emphasize once again that the Taiwan issue is the most important and sensitive issue in Sino US relations, and the one China principle is the political basis of Sino US relations. What the United States has done seriously violates its commitment on the Taiwan issue. We urge the US side to abide by the one China principle and the provisions of the three Sino US joint communiques, stop any form of official exchanges and contacts with Taiwan, stop promoting the substantive relations between the United States and Taiwan, and carefully and properly handle Taiwan related issues, so as to avoid serious damage to Sino US cooperation in important fields and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
CCTV: it is reported that on the 6th, many Russian citizens received text messages saying, the US State Department offered a reward of US $10 million for information on interference in the US election.. The US embassy in Russia confirmed that the US government had indeed sent the above-mentioned messages to Russian citizens. In response, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Zakharova said that the US side incited the local people of Russia through deception and direct propaganda, which is totally serving the self-interest of the United States. Zha also said that the Russian false information and propaganda ecosystem report released by the US State Council recently infringes on freedom of speech, which is another attempt by the United States to control media activities and is another example of the US political line of discrediting Russia. What is Chinas comment on this?
Zhao Lijian: I have noticed the relevant reports. In the current international relations, false information and rumors are emerging in an endless stream. All countries should adhere to an objective and fair stand, respect facts, resist all kinds of stigmatization, and create a healthy and rational atmosphere for international relations.
Xinhua News Agency: the current centurys epidemic situation is intertwined with the great changes in the past century, bringing new challenges to the diplomacy of all countries. How do you evaluate the achievements of Chinas diplomatic work since this year? How to look forward to Chinas diplomatic priorities in the next stage?
Zhao Lijian: novel coronavirus pneumonia has been spreading worldwide this year, causing a full impact on the world. Chinas diplomacy has made every effort to serve domestic epidemic prevention and control and return to work and production. China has actively planned and developed its relations with major powers, firmly and rationally responded to the unjustifiable repression of the United States against China. Under the guidance of the strategy of the heads of state of the two countries, China Russia relations have continuously made new progress, and China EU relations have generally maintained the main tone of cooperation. China has promoted the continuous improvement of its relations with neighboring countries and further strengthened its solidarity and cooperation with other developing countries. China advocates the construction of a community of human health and health, firmly defends the interests of national sovereignty and security, and strives to practice the purpose of diplomacy for the people.
China has always pursued an independent foreign policy of peace and has always been a builder of world peace, a contributor to global development and a defender of international order. This was, is and will not change. Looking forward to the next stage, Chinas diplomacy will focus on the following key tasks:
China will further strengthen international cooperation in epidemic prevention and control, actively explore the establishment of joint prevention and control mechanism with other countries, carry out anti epidemic cooperation such as drug and vaccine research and development, and provide assistance within its capacity to countries in need to promote global public health governance.
China firmly opposes us bullying and power politics, and is willing to work with the United States to build a Sino US relationship with coordination, cooperation and stability in the spirit of non conflict, non confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation. At the same time, we must firmly safeguard Chinas sovereignty and territorial integrity, safeguard its legitimate development rights and interests, and safeguard the great power status and national dignity won by the Chinese people through unremitting efforts. Although some extremist forces in the United States are constantly creating troubles and trying to push Sino US relations into the so-called new cold war, Chinas policy towards the United States maintains continuity and stability. We believe that it is necessary for China and the United States to carry out Frank and effective communication and dialogue, take practical actions to control differences, and focus on and promote practical cooperation in various fields. This is in line with the common interests of the two peoples and is also the general expectation of the international community.
China will adhere to the strategic guidance of the heads of state of China and Russia and push the comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation between China and Russia to a higher level in the new era; develop relations with the EU from a strategic and long-term perspective, and promote Sino Japanese exchanges and cooperation to inject new vitality into the development of Sino Japanese relations; and work with India to safeguard peace and security in the border areas of the two countries China and India should maintain steady and sound development of relations, and continuously deepen strategic mutual trust and interest blending with neighboring countries and developing countries.
China will more actively participate in the reform and improvement of global governance, play the core role of the United Nations, abide by international law and basic norms of international relations, and join hands with other countries in promoting the construction of a community with a shared future for mankind.
AFP: the foreign ministers of the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand issued a joint statement yesterday, urging Hong Kong to hold Legislative Council elections as soon as possible and warning the Hong Kong SAR government not to undermine the democratic process. Does China protest to the above countries?
Zhao Lijian: China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to the joint statement on Hong Kong issued by the foreign ministers of the five eye alliance countries. The statement is another example of interference in Chinas internal affairs and in Hong Kongs Legislative Council election by the five eye alliance countries. China has made solemn representations to the countries concerned.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. The election of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is a local election in China. It is purely a matter of Hong Kongs internal affairs. No foreign government, organization or individual has the right to intervene, and there is no reason to intervene.
In the face of the severe epidemic situation, the Hong Kong SAR government has decided to postpone the election of the seventh Legislative Council. This is a legitimate act to protect the life and health of Hong Kong people, and is also necessary to ensure the safety, fairness and fairness of the Legislative Council election. There is no lack of precedent in the world to postpone elections in response to disasters such as the epidemic. The decision of the Hong Kong SAR government is in line with this common practice, reasonable and legal. As far as I know, more than 60 countries and regions have postponed national or local elections due to the epidemic. Among them, the United Kingdom announced in March this year that due to the epidemic, local elections in England and other places originally scheduled for May were postponed to may 2021. The political interpretation of the postponement of the Legislative Council election by the Hong Kong SAR government is a typical double standard of the five eye alliance countries.
With regard to Hong Kongs national security law, I would like to remind individual countries of the fact that at the latest meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council, 70 countries supported Chinas formulation of Hong Kongs national security law and condemned the use of Hong Kong related issues to interfere in Chinas internal affairs. This reflects the common voice and impartiality of the international community. The five eye alliance countries simply do not represent the international community.
Beijing Youth Daily: Scowcroft, former US presidents assistant to national security affairs, passed away a few days ago. Whats Chinas comment?
Zhao Lijian: General Scowcroft is a famous American politician, diplomat and an old friend of the Chinese people. The Chinese side expresses deep mourning for his death and sincere sympathy to his family.
General Scowcroft played an important and positive role in the establishment and development of Sino US relations and made unremitting efforts to promote exchanges and cooperation between China and the United States in various fields. We will remember his important contribution to Sino US relations.
Peng: on Friday, Yang Jiechi, director of the office of the Central Committee of foreign affairs, called on China and the United States to strengthen cooperation on economic and trade, national defense, climate change, peninsula and other issues in a signed article. Earlier, in an exclusive interview with Xinhua news agency, State Councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi also said that China has no intention or interest in fighting a diplomatic war with the United States. Can we think that China is inclined to respond to us actions towards China in the form of reconciliation? If so, will this position continue until the end of the US election? Is China worried that its position will be interpreted as showing weakness to the United States?
Zhao Lijian: Recently, Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and director of the office of the Central Foreign Affairs Working Committee, and Wang Yi, State Councilor and foreign minister, respectively published signed articles on Sino US relations and accepted exclusive interviews with the media. Here I would like to emphasize a few points
First, maintaining and stabilizing Sino US relations is not only related to the well-being of the people of the two countries and the world, but also to world peace, stability and development. History has fully proved that cooperation is the best choice for both sides. Second, some politicians in the United States, out of prejudice and hostility towards China, have recently fabricated various lies to maliciously discredit China and deliberately distort and totally deny the history of Sino US relations in the past 50 years. This is obvious to all in the international community. China will not sit idly by and let such a plot succeed. Third, Chinas policy stance on the development of Sino US relations is consistent, maintaining a high degree of stability and continuity. At the same time, we are well prepared for the Sino US relations to climb over the barriers and experience the storm. In the spirit of non conflict, non confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, China is always willing to work with the United States to build Sino US relations with the keynote of coordination, cooperation and stability. At the same time, we will firmly defend our sovereignty, security and development interests.
China and the United States should have such a consensus, that is, respect history, face the future, unswervingly maintain and stabilize Sino US relations, and that is to maintain the right direction of Sino US relations by keeping up with the times and keeping pace with the times. It is hoped that the US side will work with China to uphold human feelings, recognize the trend of the times, fulfill the responsibility of a major country, control differences on the basis of mutual respect, expand cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit and mutual benefit, and jointly promote Sino US relations to return to the track of healthy and stable development.
CCTV: on August 7, the U.S. State Department and the Ministry of Finance announced sanctions against 11 officials of the central government of China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for the so-called violation of Hong Kongs autonomy. What is Chinas response to this?
Zhao Lijian: China firmly opposes and strongly condemns the US sides actions of openly interfering in Hong Kongs affairs, grossly interfering in Chinas internal affairs, and seriously violating international law and the basic norms of international relations.
In response to the USs misdeeds, the Chinese side has decided to take immediate action against US senators Rubio, Cruz, holly, cotton and Tumi who have behaved badly on Hong Kong related issues, as well as federal representative Smith, President Gershman of the US national foundation for democracy, President David meadoway of the American Association for democracy in international affairs, President tweenning of the American Institute of international republicanism, and executive chairman of human rights watch Rose and abramovitz, President of Freedom House, imposed sanctions.
I would like to emphasize once again that since Hong Kongs return to the motherland, one country, two systems has achieved worldwide recognition. Hong Kong residents enjoy unprecedented democratic rights and exercise all kinds of freedom in accordance with the law. This is an objective fact that no one without prejudice can deny. At the same time, the practice of one country, two systems is also facing new risks and challenges. The prominent problem is that the national security risk of the Hong Kong SAR is becoming increasingly prominent. Under the circumstances that the national security of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is threatened and seriously damaged, and it is difficult for the SAR government to complete the national security legislation on its own, the central government of China has taken decisive measures to establish and improve the legal system and implementation mechanism for the maintenance of national security in the Hong Kong SAR from the national level. Hong Kongs national security law punishes a very small number of criminals who seriously endanger national security and protects the vast majority of law-abiding Hong Kong residents.
Hong Kong is Chinas Hong Kong. Hong Kongs affairs are purely Chinas internal affairs, and no external force has the right to interfere. China urges the US side to recognize the situation, correct its mistakes and immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and Chinas internal affairs.
Global Times: it is reported that the preliminary vote counting results of the presidential election in Belarus show that the current president Lukashenko has won the general election. What is Chinas comment on this?
Zhao Lijian: President Xi Jinping has sent a congratulatory message to President Lukashenka. As a comprehensive strategic partner and iron friend, China has always respected the choice of the Belarusian people. It is believed that under the leadership of President Lukashenko, Belarus will make greater achievements in all aspects of national construction. China attaches great importance to the development of China Belarus relations and is willing to work with Belarus to continuously deepen bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields.
Surging journalist: its still about the United States Hong Kong related sanctions. We have noted that many Hong Kong officials, including the chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), Mrs Carrie Lam, as well as the heads of departments such as the Department of home affairs, the financial secretary and the Department of justice of the SAR government, have responded one after another, denouncing the US sanctions as a despicable act and grossly interfering in Hong Kong affairs. Some people pointed out that the United States slanders Chinese enterprises for divulging data. However, the U.S. Treasury Department has used the so-called sanctions to disclose the privacy of 11 officials, which is in violation of the spirit of respecting privacy advocated by the United States. In addition, according to the data recently released by the Hong Kong Social Science poll center, 65.7% of Hong Kong respondents oppose any sanctions imposed by the United States on Hong Kong. Whats your comment?
Zhao Lijian: we have noticed that the US sides gross interference in Chinas internal affairs and its unreasonable announcement of the so-called sanctions have been strongly opposed and condemned by the Chinese people, including Hong Kong. All walks of life denounced the bad behavior of US hegemonism, and the officials concerned publicly expressed their no fear of sanctions, reflecting the unyielding and iron character of the Chinese people.
The Chinese people cant be frightened. The so-called US sanctions will only make the world see US hegemony and double standards more clearly, and will only become another joke and farce.
I would like to quote from the chief executive of the SAR, Mrs Carrie Lam, and other relevant Hong Kong officials. Lin Zheng said that when the US side released the information, her address was Victoria house, but this is the official residence of the Chief Secretary for administration. Dont US officials even know where the chief executive lives? The Secretary for justice, Mr John Cheng, said it was an honor for me to have the opportunity to serve my country. Compared with the motherland and the people of the whole country, my personal interests are nothing important. With a country as a strong backing, I will not be intimidated. Americas so-called sanctions are futile.
I want to give them a big compliment on behalf of the Chinese people!
Hong Kong China assessment News Agency: according to the New York Times, the evaluation report recently submitted by the CIA to the white house found that there was no evidence that Chinese intelligence agencies intercepted tiktok data or used tiktok to invade users mobile phones. In addition, Castro, vice president of the information technology and innovation foundation, a us think tank, said that simply because an application belongs to a Chinese enterprise, it is not a security reason. The allegation of security risks should be supported by solid evidence rather than by unfounded allusions. Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Zakharova said recently that the US crackdown on tiktok is another example of the US sides unfair commercial competition, which violates WTO rules. What is Chinas comment on this?
Zhao Lijian: China firmly opposes the US sides violation of market principles and WTO rules, generalization of the concept of national security, abuse of state power, and unreasonable suppression of tiktok and other non US enterprises. This kind of naked bullying and political manipulation has long been seen through by the United States and the international community, and has been condemned by people from all walks of life. This is their due end.
We urge the US side to correct its hysterical wrong practices, abide by market principles and WTO rules, and stop unreasonable repression and discriminatory restrictions on relevant enterprises.
Reuters: first of all, are the sanctions you just announced against us personnel begin today? Second, this morning, Li Zhiying, founder of one media in Hong Kong, was arrested on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces and violating Hong Kongs national security law. Can you explain the specific meaning of Lis collusion with foreign forces? Third, according to the report, the mainland military aircraft flew over the middle line of the Taiwan Strait today. Is this Chinas counter measure against us health minister azas visit to Taiwan?
Zhao Lijian: on the first question, the relevant sanctions will start from now on.
On the second question, I would like to say that Hong Kong is a society under the rule of law. We support the relevant law enforcement agencies in the SAR to perform their duties in accordance with the law.
On the third question, I suggest you ask the Ministry of defense.