Q: China will assume the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council in November. How will China exercise its functions and powers? What aspects will be highlighted?
A: China will officially take over the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council in November. In November, the Security Council will hold a number of meetings to consider the situation in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Lebanon, the Middle East, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Sahel. As Chairman-in-Office, China is also considering holding a public meeting of the Security Council on strengthening multilateralism and the role of the United Nations, peace and security in Africa under the current situation. We are consulting with other council members on the November work plan.
The United Nations Security Council is the core of the collective security mechanism established after World War II and an important platform for global security governance. At present, the international peace and security situation is facing complex challenges. As President-in-Office of the Security Council in November, China will promote the Security Council to uphold the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations, uphold objectivity and impartiality, maintain unity and cooperation, take effective action, actively promote the process of political settlement of regional hot issues, and play an important role in maintaining international peace and security.
As President-in-Office of the United Nations Security Council, we will also strengthen our interaction with non-members of the Security Council, especially the relevant parties on the agenda of the Security Council, so as to carry out the responsibilities of the President of the Security Council in a more open and transparent manner.
Q: How much money has the Chinese government provided to Pakistan and New Zealand to help them prepare for the APEC Leadersinformal meeting to be held next month? Critics say the funds could have been better used to tackle more pressing problems such as poverty and disease. Second, can you tell me about Chinas meeting with the leaders of the Pacific island countries?
A: On your first question, for a long time, China has insisted on providing sincere assistance to Pacific island countries, including Pakistani New Zealand, within the framework of South-South cooperation, which has greatly promoted local economic and social development, including enhancing the autonomous development of these countries and reducing poverty and promoting peoples livelihood as you mentioned. Chinas aid adheres to the principle of non-interference in internal affairs, fully respects the wishes of the island governments and people, never attaches any political conditions, and never imposes its own will on others.
This year, Ba Xin first hosted the APEC conference. Pakistan and New Zealand are willing to make their own contributions to support the multilateral process in the region and promote economic integration in the region. All parties should give more encouragement and support. At the request of the Pakistani New Zealand side, China has actively provided support and assistance to the Pakistani New Zealand Organisation, which has been warmly welcomed by the Pakistani New Zealand government and people.
On your second question, China attaches great importance to the development of relations with Pacific island countries. China is willing to work with other island countries to further strengthen high-level and various-level exchanges, deepen pragmatic cooperation, expand communication and coordination in international and regional affairs, and promote the continuous development of bilateral strategic partnership. At present, the Chinese side will meet specific matters and keep in touch with the countries concerned.
Q: It is reported that the so-called Deputy Defense Secretary of the Taiwan authorities went to Maryland in late October to attend the annual US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference. US defense officials attended the meeting and spoke. What is Chinas comment on this?
A: China firmly opposes any form of official contacts and military ties between the United States and the Taiwan side. This position is consistent and clear. We urge the United States to strictly abide by the one-China principle and the provisions of the three Sino-US joint communiques, stop any official contacts and military contacts with the Taiwan side and stop the sale of Taiwan weapons. It is hoped that the US side will carefully handle Taiwan related issues so as not to undermine Sino US relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits.
Q: President Salvatore arrived in China today. Can you introduce his schedule for todays visit?
A: I have introduced relevant situations before. At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Salvatore Sanchez paid a state visit to China. According to the current information, during the visit, President Xi Jinping will hold talks with President Sanchez, and Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman Li Zhanshu will meet separately. Besides Beijing, President Sanchez will also attend the first China International Import fair in Shanghai.
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Sahara in just over two months, bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields have developed rapidly, and bilateral relations have developed steadily. China welcomes President Sanchezs visit to China and hopes that through this visit, China and Sahara will work together to promote the rapid development of friendly exchanges and cooperation between the two countries and jointly promote the well-being of the people of the two countries.
Q: how do you comment on the suspension of Cornell Universitys cooperation with Renmin University of China?
Answer: First of all, it is necessary to verify whether this is the decision of Cornell University or the opinion of the person in charge of a college or project. I suggest you refer it to the Department of Education.
As a matter of principle, I would like to point out that Sino-US cultural exchanges have long laid a good foundation for enhancing mutual understanding between the two peoples and promoting the stable development of Sino-US relations. There are now 15,000 to 16,000 trips across the Pacific Ocean between China and the United States per day on average, and no one can cut them off at will. It is hoped that relevant parties in the United States will face up to the will of the American people to safeguard and promote Sino-US cultural exchanges and will not do anything against the historical trend.
Q: The U.S. Department of Justice has sued Chinese intelligence agents for attempting to hack into private computers and steal engine technology from passenger aircraft. Is China aware of this? Have you communicated with the US?
Answer: the allegations are false and fabricated.
Q: it is reported that TPP will enter into force in December 30th after the ratification of the six countries. What is Chinas comment on this?
A: TPP should be CPTPP now. China is not a member of the CPTPP, but its position on related issues is consistent and clear. We hold an open and positive attitude as long as it is conducive to safeguarding the core values and basic principles of the WTO, promoting the process of regional economic integration and opening up and inclusive regional free trade arrangements.
Q: Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan will visit China in November 2nd. Some Pakistani government officials have said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project should be re-evaluated because of the high debt cost of the project. Will Premier Imran Khan discuss the financing of China Brazil economic corridor with China? Will the two sides discuss additional funding assistance from China to Pakistan and Pakistans request for assistance to IMF?
A: I have already briefed Prime Minister Im Lanhan on his official visit to China and his attendance at the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai. This is the first official visit to China since Prime Minister Imran Khan took office. China and Pakistan attach great importance to it and believe that the leaders of the two countries will have in-depth exchanges on issues of common concern. We believe that with the joint efforts of both sides, this visit will surely further promote the further development of Sino Pakistani relations. China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners, and the bilateral relations are not affected by the changing international situation and the domestic situation of the two countries.
I have repeatedly answered the question of the economic corridor between China and Pakistan. The Pakistani government and all walks of life have indicated that the Corridor, as a mutually beneficial cooperation project between China and Pakistan, has played an important role in improving the peoples livelihood and promoting economic development of Pakistan. Individual parties from time to time speculation on this project has brought financial or debt problems to Pakistan, Pakistan has made it clear that the corridor debt accounts for a very low proportion of Pakistans debt, not the cause of the current financial difficulties. If Prime Minister Imran Khan discusses corridor construction with China during his visit to China, it will also discuss how the two sides can continue to firmly promote the project.