Regular press conference by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on September 14, 2021
Sputnik: According to the Washington Post, the United States will host the COVID-19 global summit on September 22. Will China attend the meeting?
Zhao Lijian: I have noted relevant reports and have no information to offer at this time.
Associated Press of Pakistan: The China-ASEAN Expo was successfully held in Nanning and concluded yesterday. Pakistan participated as a special partner country for the second time this year. What’s your comment ?
Zhao Lijian: The 18th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) ended on September 13. Pakistani President Arif Alvi gave a video speech at the opening ceremony and Pakistan attended the meeting and exhibition as a special partner country for the second time. China appreciates this.
The Expo is an important platform for deepening China-ASEAN cooperation. In recent years, as China-ASEAN relations have improved, the influence and appeal of CAEXPO has also been strengthened. It has propelled and witnessed the continued deepening of the economic integration of the two sides, accelerating economic and trade cooperation with greater connectivity and closer cultural and people-to-people bonds.
As strategic cooperation partners at all times, China and Pakistan have enjoyed deep economic and trade cooperation in recent years. China has been Pakistan’s largest trading partner for 6 consecutive years. We are ready to work with Pakistan to jointly advance high-level bilateral relations, deepen cooperation in various fields including economy and trade, build a closer Sino-Pakistani community with a shared future in the new era, and contribute to common development and prosperity in the region.
Beijing Youth Daily: A group of 177 Stanford faculty members sent an open letter to the US Department of Justice on Monday, criticizing the “China Initiative” launched by the Trump administration in 2018. They said that “the Chinese initiative has deviated considerably from its goal. mission; this undermines the competitiveness of the United States in research and technology and fuels prejudices which, in turn, raise concerns about racial profiling. »Do you have a comment?
Zhao Lijian: The media revealed that the so-called “China Initiative” sets targets before investigating the cases. Such disregard for judicial justice will only lead to cases involving unfair, false or erroneous charges. At the end of March, none of the so-called China-related case examples posted on the Justice Department’s website involved intellectual property theft or commercial theft, with accusations ranging from fraud to false declaration through tax evasion. This joint letter signed by faculty members once again proves that more and more people in the United States have realized that the so-called “China Initiative” is essentially a tool for enabling anti-China forces in the United States. United to abuse the concept of national security to contain and suppress China. The initiative not only seriously affected Sino-American relations, but also worsened racial discrimination in the United States and caused serious damage to the Asian-American community.
We urge the American side to heed the righteous appeal from all walks of life to the United States, seriously correct its mistakes, and stop interfering with normal China-United States exchanges and cooperation in scientific fields. , technological, cultural and others.
MASTV: In the countdown to the presidential election of the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party, candidates frequently refer to China. Former Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, one of the candidates, said yesterday he would create the post of special adviser on human rights issues to address alleged human rights violations by China in Xinjiang if elected. Earlier, Sanae Takaichi said she would continue to visit Yasukuni Shrine if elected. What’s your response to that?
Zhao Lijian: China’s position on Yasukuni Shrine is consistent and clear. China’s internal affairs cannot allow any foreign interference. Japanese politicians should stop making China a problem. Enough with such senseless political hype.
Bloomberg: President Joe Biden will welcome the leaders of Australia, India and Japan to the White House next week for talks that will include tackling China’s growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region. Does the ministry have a comment on this Quad meeting?
Zhao Lijian: China believes that any regional cooperation mechanism should follow the trend of peace and development and help promote mutual trust and cooperation among countries in the region rather than targeting a third party or undermining its interests . Forming closed and exclusive “cliques” targeting other countries goes against the grain of the times and deviates from the expectations of countries in the region. He therefore won no support and was doomed to failure.
I would like to stress that China is not only a major engine of economic growth in Asia-Pacific, but also a strong advocate of regional peace and stability. China’s development is a force for world peace and a boon for regional prosperity and development. The countries concerned should reject the obsolete zero-sum mentality and narrow geopolitical perception, properly consider China’s development and respect the aspirations of the people in the region, and do more to promote the solidarity and cooperation of the countries in the region.
The Paper: On August 29, two days after the terrorist attack at Kabul airport, the United States carried out a drone strike in Kabul. He claimed that two terrorists were killed. However, US media have reported in recent days that their field investigations revealed that those killed in the airstrike were not terrorists, but 10 innocent civilians. It was an intelligence error. Some media have commented that the incident has once again shattered the myth that the US military and US intelligence agency are omnipotent, calling on the international community to hold those who committed the crimes accountable. Do you have an answer to that?
Zhao Lijian: There have been numerous media reports that the United States has mistakenly killed innocent civilians in Afghanistan and international public opinion demands that the United States be held accountable. In the face of widespread skepticism and condemnation from the international community, the United States should not seek to cover up its mistake and get away with it. Instead, he should investigate and establish the truth and give a responsible explanation to the Afghan people and the international community.
Prasar Bharati: Recently, China allowed chambers of commerce in Germany, France and Italy to bring their employees and family members back to China. So my question is, what are the criteria that China adopts to grant visas to people from certain countries while blocking visas for 11 countries including India in the last 10 months? When will China issue visas to Indian nationals?
Zhao Lijian: The global COVID-19 situation remains serious and complicated. Referring to the practices of other countries, China adjusts its management measures for inbound travelers according to the evolution of the epidemic situation. China stands ready to maintain close communication with all parties and do the job related to international travel well on the premise of ensuring effective control of the outbreak.
Follow-up: what do you mean by the stages per country concerned? COVID cases are found in many countries, not just the 11 countries or India for that matter. So, do you think there is no way to allow people to enter China by following the proper COVID protocols?
Zhao Lijian: China and the countries concerned have agreed to launch an expedited arrangement for round-trip travel linked to the resumption of work and production. This is a mutually beneficial agreement reached between China and the affected countries in light of the epidemic situation and the need to resume work and production.
Follow-up: Do you think such an arrangement can be made between China and India as well?
Zhao Lijian: I think we should let diplomats from our two countries discuss it. India can also talk to China if it has such needs.
Bloomberg: South Korea recently joined a small list of countries that can launch a missile from a submarine. How much concern is South Korea’s missile technology development of concern to China and will Foreign Minister Wang Yi raise the issue during his visit to Seoul?
Zhao Lijian: China has taken note of the relevant reports. We hope that the countries concerned can together contribute to regional peace, stability and development. China and the Republic of Korea are important neighbors. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will soon be visiting the Republic of Korea. The two sides will have an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of mutual interest.