|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on January 14, 2016|
Q: Yesterday, the Chinese government released its first Arab Policy Paper. What is the rationale behind this? What is the significance of this policy paper?
A: This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Arab states. In the past 60 years, China and Arab states have been treating each other as equal base on mutual respect, pursuing mutual benefit, win-win results and common development in cooperation, and made positive headways in cultural and people-to-people exchanges. China and Arab states have made historic breakthroughs in expanding and deepening cooperation in various fields and set another example for South-South cooperation.
To summarize experience and draw inspiration from the development of Sino-Arab ties and map out major areas and directions for bilateral amicable cooperation, the Chinese government released the first Arab Policy Paper. The Paper gives a comprehensive review of what bilateral relations have achieved in the past 60 years, announces China's policies and measures towards Arab states in the new era, and draw up a roadmap for cooperation in the politics, trade, social development, culture and people-to-people exchanges, peace and security. It is of great significance to promoting Sino-Arab strategic cooperative relations of comprehensive cooperation and common development.
Q: A series of blasts and shootings rocked Indonesia today. Are there Chinese citizens injured or killed? Is China going to issue travel alerts?
A: We have noted relevant reports. We are shocked by the bomb blasts and shooting attacks in Jakarta and strongly condemn the perpetrators. Initial information from the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia confirmed that so far there have been no reports of Chinese citizens injured or killed. We will continue to follow the situation. You can also follow the consular service website of China for updates.
Q: It is reported that Kazakhstan took an active part in addressing the issue of Iran's enriched uranium stockpile. What is your comment?
A: All sides are stepping up efforts to prepare for the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear programme. The "Implementation Day" of the JCPOA should be imminent.
Kazakhstan has been committed to promoting a political and diplomatic resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue and hosted two rounds of talks on Iran's nuclear programme. Not too long ago, Kazakhstan also played a crucial and constructive role in addressing the issue of Iran's enriched uranium stockpile. The Chinese side highly commends that.
The implementation of the JCPOA calls for the concerted efforts of the international community. The Chinese side stands ready to work with Kazakhstan and other parties to jointly ensure a smooth implementation of the JCPOA.
Q: About China's inspection and test flights to the newly-built airport on Yongshu Jiao, the Vietnamese side said yesterday that despite China's notification to the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry through diplomatic channels, China's civil aviation administration didn't inform its counterpart in Vietnam. China's flights endangered the safety of civil aviation. What is your response? Did China inform Vietnam's air traffic control authorities of its flight plans?
A: We are shocked and baffled by Vietnam's repeated assertions. First and foremost, China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters.
Because of Vietnam's unreasonable obstruction, China conducted relevant flights as state aviation activities. At 17:46 p.m. on December 28, 2015, the Flight Inspection Center of the Civil Aviation Administration of China informed the Ho Chi Minh Flight Information Region of the flight plan, route and other technical information of China's inspection aircraft in line with relevant regulations and international norms.
We remind the Vietnamese side once again that China's inspection and test flights to the newly-built airport on Yongshu Jiao conform with international law and international common practices.
Q: China's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei will meet with Hwang Joon-kook, ROK Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs and Chief Negotiator for the Six-Party Talks. What is China's expectation for their meeting?
A: China and the ROK are in communication on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula. Foreign Minister Wang Yi exchanged views with ROK Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se via telephone calls. Today, Special Representative Wu Dawei will meet with his counterpart Mr. Hwang Joon-kook.
We hope that the two sides can discuss how to move forward denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, uphold nuclear non-proliferation regime and maintain peace and stability of Northeast Asia.
Q: Reports say that foreign ministers of P5+1 countries will witness altogether the "Implementation Day" of the JCPOA. Can you confirm that? Will China send its foreign minister to the gathering?
A: Thanks to the concerted efforts, the "Implementation Day" of the JCPOA is within our sight. Its arrival marks a new phase for the implementation of the JCPOA. China welcomes that.
As for the specific arrangements for that day, we are in close communication and coordination with all parties.
Q: ROK Chief Negotiator for the Six-Party Talks Hwang Joon-kook was interviewed at the airport when he arrived in China, saying that China, as the largest trading partner of the DPRK, should play a bigger role after DPRK's nuclear test. What is your comment?
A: It is all parties' common interests and responsibility to realize denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, prevent nuclear proliferation, and uphold peace and stability of Northeast Asia. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China has been earnestly following relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and honoring its international obligations. What is imperative under the current circumstance is for all parties to bring the Korean nuclear issue back to the track of negotiations.