Overseas Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s Common Press Convention on November 4, 2022

On the invitation of Prime Minister Hun Sen of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Premier of the State Council Li Keqiang will attend the twenty fifth China-ASEAN Summit, the twenty fifth ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Summit and the seventeenth East Asia Summit to be held in Cambodia from November 8 to 13, and pay an official go to to Cambodia.

Xinhua Information Company: Are you able to share with us the association of Premier Li’s go to to Cambodia? How does China view its relations with Cambodia?

Zhao Lijian: China and Cambodia are pleasant neighbors and iron-clad pals. In recent times, China-Cambodia relations have proven high-level robustness. Efforts to construct a China-Cambodia neighborhood with a shared future has delivered fruitful outcomes for each nations. Each Chinese language and Cambodians have benefited from the expansion of bilateral relations.

Because the pandemic lingers and the worldwide economic system is struggling to get well, uncertainty and instability continues to rise. China stays dedicated to its overseas coverage targets of upholding world peace and selling widespread improvement, and it’s devoted to selling a human neighborhood with a shared future. Performing on the rules of amity, sincerity, mutual profit, and inclusiveness and the coverage of forging friendships and partnerships with its neighbors, China strives to reinforce pleasant ties, mutual belief, and converging pursuits with Cambodia and different neighboring nations. 

Throughout his go to, Premier Li Keqiang will meet with His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, and have talks with Prime Minister Hun Sen. The go to gives an vital alternative for China and Cambodia to share expertise in governance, deepen cooperation on agriculture, manufacturing, inexperienced economic system and people-to-people contacts, be one another’s firm on our respective distinctive path to modernization, contribute collectively to the variety of creating nations’ pathways to modernization and create extra profit to our two peoples.

CCTV: Dealing with rising uncertainty and instability within the worldwide scenario, what are China’s view and expectation on how the leaders’ conferences on East Asia cooperation will drive regional peace and improvement? 

Zhao Lijian: The challenges we face in our world immediately — sluggish financial restoration, international safety volatility, and mounting dangers in meals, vitality and monetary safety within the area — all name for a collective response.

The profitable twentieth CPC Nationwide Congress made it clear that China stays dedicated to its overseas coverage targets of upholding world peace and selling widespread improvement, and it’s devoted to selling a human neighborhood with a shared future. 

China hopes the conferences will: first, deal with the widespread improvement of the area, advance high-quality Belt and Street cooperation, collectively reply to urgent challenges resembling meals and vitality points, and nurture new driver of development resembling digitalization and low-carbon improvement; second, push ahead East Asia’s financial integration course of, work collectively for high-quality implementation of RCEP, speed up the negotiations of a China-ASEAN Free Commerce Space 3.0, and maintain industrial and provide chains steady and unfettered; and third, defend peace and tranquility of the area, uphold multilateralism and open regionalism, bolster ASEAN centrality, and construct an open and inclusive regional cooperation structure.

Yonhap Information Company: The US-ROK Safety Consultative Assembly was held in Washington yesterday. Each leaders reaffirmed the dedication to deploy US strategic property to the Korean Peninsula in a well timed and coordinated method as mandatory, within the face of the DPRK’s nuclear threats. Do you could have any remark?

Zhao Lijian: China has famous this. I must stress that to deliver concerning the political settlement of points on the Peninsula and stop a spiral of escalation, events must work with one another reasonably than take unilateral strikes that exert strain and heighten confrontation. We hope related events will cease any transfer which will escalate stress and confrontation and undermine mutual belief.

CRI: Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has concluded her go to to China immediately. Are you able to share extra particulars of her go to with us? 

Zhao Lijian: Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan paid a state go to to China upon invitation from November 2 to 4. President Hassan is the primary African head of state China has obtained after the twentieth CPC Nationwide Congress. On the afternoon of November 3, President Xi Jinping had a gathering with President Hassan, and held a welcoming ceremony and a welcome banquet for her. On the identical day, Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Nationwide Folks’s Congress Li Zhanshu met with President Hassan respectively.

President Xi briefed President Hassan on the proceedings of the twentieth CPC Nationwide Congress. He mentioned, China has already discovered a improvement path suited to its nationwide situations. Chinese language modernization is grounded in China’s personal realities, with options which can be distinctive to the Chinese language context. On behalf of the Tanzanian Revolutionary Occasion (CCM) and the Tanzanian authorities, President Hassan prolonged heat congratulations on the success of the twentieth CPC Nationwide Congress and President Xi’s re-election as Normal Secretary of the CPC Central Committee. 

The 2 presidents introduced the elevation of the bilateral relationship to a complete strategic cooperative partnership, which gives strategic steerage for the event of China-Tanzania relations going ahead. Either side are of the view that China and Tanzania take pleasure in a time-honored friendship. The sound development of China-Tanzania relations not solely advances the widespread and long-term pursuits of the 2 nations, but in addition carries nice significance for constructing a China-Africa neighborhood with a shared future within the new period. The 2 sides reiterated their agency mutual assist for one another on points regarding one another’s core pursuits, and agreed to work collectively to spice up the extent of commerce and financial cooperation, deepen high-quality Belt and Street cooperation, strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and carry ahead the friendship between the 2 peoples, improve cooperation in worldwide and multilateral settings, and collectively uphold worldwide equity, justice and the widespread pursuits of fellow creating nations.

The 2 sides agreed that in rising China-Africa relations, either side want to stay dedicated to the general route of mutual belief, mutual profit, mutual studying and mutual help. Each China and Africa must construct on their time-honored conventional friendship, carry ahead the spirit of China-Africa friendship and cooperation, and present higher historic initiative in advancing friendship between China and Africa. China’s steady improvement will create new alternatives for Africa. China will velocity up the implementation of the continued 9 initiatives for cooperation with Africa. With a selected deal with infrastructure, we’ll proceed to nurture new drivers for China-Africa cooperation by way of commerce, funding and financing. The Tanzanian aspect responds warmly to the International Improvement Initiative and is keen to work with China to operationalize this initiative and construct a neighborhood with a shared future for mankind.

Throughout the go to, the 2 sides issued a Joint Assertion on Establishing a Complete Strategic Cooperative Partnership between the Folks’s Republic of China and the United Republic of Tanzania and signed 15 cooperation paperwork masking commerce, funding, improvement cooperation, digital economic system, inexperienced improvement and blue economic system.

AFP: A query on German Chancellor Scholz’s go to to China. Have the 2 leaders mentioned points associated to human rights and the rights of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang?

Zhao Lijian: Previous to our press briefing, China has put out the readout concerning the assembly between President Xi and Chancellor Scholz. It’s possible you’ll seek advice from that. There are different conferences and talks scheduled between the leaders of the 2 sides. Please examine again for updates. 

Shenzhen TV: Based on stories, the Muang Xay station of the China-Laos Railway in Northern Laos lately launched its freight practice providers, which marks the opening of all freight stations of the China-Laos Railway. Do you could have any remark?

Zhao Lijian: We famous the stories and wish to categorical our congratulations. Absolutely opened, these freight stations will add to the boosting energy of the China-Laos Railway in accelerating regional connectivity and additional bolster the high-quality Belt and Street cooperation between China and ASEAN nations.

As President Xi Jinping famous, connectivity is important to advancing Belt and Street cooperation. We’re joyful to notice that China and its neighbors have lately seen fairly a couple of milestones of their connectivity. Throughout the go to to China by Normal Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong of the Communist Occasion of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee, China and Vietnam agreed to hurry up the trouble to signal a cooperation plan on selling the synergy between the Belt and Street Initiative (BRI) and the “Two Corridors, One Financial Belt” initiative. Underneath the framework of the China-Pakistan Financial Hall, China and Pakistan will velocity up the implementation of tasks together with the Gwadar Port and the upgradation of ML-1. On the China-Singapore Bilateral Cooperation Mechanism Conferences, the 2 sides collectively introduced vital outcomes in connectivity and agreed to additional deepen strategic synergy and advance the New Worldwide Land-Sea Commerce Hall. 

The twentieth Nationwide Congress of the Occasion said explicitly that China will contribute its share to constructing an open international economic system and promote the high-quality improvement of the BRI. China stands able to work with all events to deepen the BRI’s synergy with the event methods of different nations and regional cooperation initiatives. China is dedicated to wider and extra handy connectivity and mutual profit for folks in all nations.

Phoenix TV: Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have been rising lately. Sure nation mentioned that nations on the earth ought to take all measures potential to impose sanctions on the DPRK and maintain it accountable for continued provocations. What’s China’s remark? 

Zhao Lijian: Sanctions and strain doesn’t assist the political settlement of the problems on the Korean Peninsula. The precise manner ahead is to resolve the reputable issues of all events in a balanced manner by way of significant dialogue. We hope events involved will face squarely the basis trigger and timeline of occasions relating to the developments on the Korean Peninsula, and play a extra constructive half in resuming dialogue and safeguarding regional stability.

Reuters: Based on a Bloomberg report, China is contemplating ending the circuit breaker system whereby if there are greater than a sure variety of constructive circumstances of coronavirus on worldwide flights that arrive in China, then that route is suspended for a sure time period. Can China verify this? And in addition, if true, when? Does this sign that China is trying to ease its strict COVID insurance policies?

Zhao Lijian: I’m not conscious of what you talked about. I’d refer you to competent authorities. China’s coverage and place on COVID-19 containment are clear and constant.

AFP: The Chinese language and Japanese leaders are reportedly planning to meet at worldwide conferences to be held in mid-November in Southeast Asia. Are you able to verify that President Xi will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the G20 Bali summit?

Zhao Lijian: In your query, I’ve nothing to share in the intervening time.

China Information Service: China lately printed the Particular Plan on Scientific and Technological Innovation within the Discipline of Ecological Surroundings for the 14th 5-12 months Plan Interval (2021-2025). Do you could have any remark?

Zhao Lijian: On November 2, the Particular Plan on Scientific and Technological Innovation within the Discipline of Ecological Surroundings for the 14th 5-12 months Plan Interval (2021-2025) was formally launched. That is one other vital step taken by China towards constructing a phenomenal nation. The Plan lays out the 50 predominant tech improvement duties in ten fields together with eco-environment monitoring and local weather response. The purpose is to speed up an all-round transition to a mannequin of inexperienced financial and social improvement.

The report back to the twentieth CPC Nationwide Congress states that Chinese language modernization is dedicated to concord between humanity and nature. We are going to proceed to uphold the precept that lucid waters and luxurious mountains are invaluable property, and convey about bluer skies, greener mountains and clearer waters. China has introduced the imaginative and prescient of carbon peaking and carbon neutrality, and established the “1+N” coverage framework for implementing carbon peaking and carbon neutrality targets. China will proceed to actively take part in worldwide cooperation on local weather response.

This Sunday, the twenty seventh session of the Convention of the Events to the United Nations Framework Conference on Local weather Change will probably be held in Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt, and China will ship a high-level delegation to the convention. We are going to be part of arms with all events to deal with the local weather problem, and work collectively for constructive, balanced and complete outcomes.

China Every day: The First Committee (Disarmament and Worldwide Safety) of the 77th session of the UN Normal Meeting adopted the draft decision “Selling Worldwide Cooperation on Peaceable Makes use of within the Context of Worldwide Safety” put ahead by China, as had occurred final yr. May you give extra perception into this? 

Zhao Lijian: On November 3 Beijing time, the 77th session of the UNGA First Committee adopted China’s draft decision “Selling Worldwide Cooperation on Peaceable Makes use of within the Context of Worldwide Safety”.

A peaceable world is the shared need of all nations. Advancing widespread improvement is a long-standing pursuit of the creating nations. Using science and expertise for peaceable functions and conducting related worldwide cooperation are the inalienable rights of all nations conferred by worldwide regulation. In addition they present a key pressure driving sustainable socioeconomic improvement. For years, the suitable of the creating nations to the peaceable use of science and expertise and to worldwide cooperation free from discrimination has not obtained due consideration. There are nonetheless undue restrictions on creating nations’ regular entry to materials, gear and expertise.

The decision is basically about upholding creating nations’ proper to the peaceable use of science and expertise. It requires open, inclusive and honest dialogue inside the UN framework and goals to attain mutually-reinforcing interplay of peaceable makes use of and export management. This decision represents the shared stance and voice of creating nations and speaks for the vital rules and dedication the creating nations keep on with and advance on peaceable use, worldwide cooperation and sustainable improvement.

Within the new context of our occasions, China will keep firmly dedicated to a mutually useful technique of opening up and stay an integral a part of advancing international governance by way of joint session and concerted efforts, promote inclusive sci-tech progress and create a world surroundings that’s conducive to widespread improvement. China will work with all events to advance the follow-up technique of the decision to make sure its full and efficient implementation and the attainment of its object and function.

AFP: Based on French Overseas Minister, upon China’s invitation, French President Emmanuel Macron can pay a go to to China within the coming weeks or months. Are you able to verify this go to?

Zhao Lijian: I’ve no info to supply in the intervening time. 

The New York Instances: One other Lengthy March rocket booster is anticipated to make its descent. Have any measures been taken to scale back the danger it would pose to populated areas?

Zhao Lijian: I wish to refer you to the competent authorities for particular questions. To offer you our principled place, I wish to stress that China has all alongside pursued the peaceable use of outer house in accordance with worldwide regulation and the worldwide customary follow. The reentry of a rocket’s higher stage into the Earth’s ambiance is a longtime worldwide follow. The rocket you talked about is designed with particular expertise, and the overwhelming majority of its parts will expend through the re-entry into the ambiance. The likelihood of this course of inflicting hurt to aviation actions or to the bottom is extraordinarily low. The competent authorities in China have been intently monitoring the orbital parameters of the rocket remnants, and sharing info in an open, clear and well timed method to the worldwide neighborhood. 

International Instances: On November 3, the 77th session of the UN Normal Meeting (UNGA) as soon as once more voted with an amazing majority for the US to elevate financial, business and monetary blockade in opposition to Cuba. A complete of 185 nations voted in favor of the decision to elevate the blockade, two nations abstained, and two voted in opposition to the decision. This marks the virtually unanimous adoption of such a decision at UNGA for 30 consecutive occasions. What’s China’s remark? 

Zhao Lijian: The truth that 185 nations voted overwhelmingly in favor of the decision as soon as once more reveals that the overwhelming majority of nations on the earth are critically involved about and firmly against the US’s arbitrary unilateral sanctions on Cuba which have gravely threatened the fundamental human rights of the Cuban folks, and that they assist Cuba’s simply struggle for its sovereignty and in opposition to the blockade.

Simply as Cuban Overseas Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla mentioned forward of the vote, the embargo is a “deliberate act of financial warfare with the aim of…inflicting the economic system to break down and making a scenario of ungovernability.” The 60-year-long embargo on Cuba has generated enormous financial losses and grave humanitarian disasters in Cuba.

Whereas claiming to be a “human rights defender”, the US has been creating human rights disasters and tragedies one after one other. It’s actually not human rights, however its personal hegemony that the US seeks to guard. The US retains saying one factor and doing one other. Such hypocrisy is not any secret to the world, and the world has acted in response. UNGA has adopted this decision for 30 consecutive occasions, every time with an amazing majority. This could immediate the US to heed the voice for justice, put a direct finish to the financial, business and commerce restrictions and embargo on Cuba, and cease being on the incorrect aspect in opposition to the worldwide neighborhood. 

China and Cuba are good pals, good comrades and good brothers. Since 1992, China has voted in favor of all 30 resolutions calling for an finish to the blockade. China will proceed to firmly assist the Cuban folks’s efforts to oppose exterior interference and blockade and defend sovereignty and nationwide dignity.

AFP: Has China stepped up its effort in speaking to the DPRK following the DPRK’s firing of missiles this week? If sure, what particularly has been talked about?

Zhao Lijian: I can guarantee you that the diplomatic channel between either side is unimpeded. As to the actual particulars you requested about, I’ve no particular info to supply at the second.

The Paper: Twenty years in the past immediately, authorities representatives of China and ASEAN nations signed the Declaration on the Conduct of Events within the South China Sea (DOC) in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. How does China see the position of the DOC over the previous 20 years?

Zhao Lijian: This yr marks the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the DOC. It’s the first political doc signed by China and ASEAN nations on the South China Sea, which established the fundamental rules and customary norms for the events on dealing with the problem. The signing and implementation of the DOC has consolidated political mutual belief between China and ASEAN nations and promoted bilateral dialogue and cooperation on maritime points. It has not solely performed a key position in holding the South China Sea peaceable and steady, but in addition created a sound regional surroundings for China-ASEAN relations. In July this yr, China efficiently held a workshop to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the DOC. Members from China and ASEAN nations reviewed the spirit of the DOC, spoke extremely of its position and landmark significance, and expressed their expectation for the continued full and efficient implementation of the DOC.

A peaceable and steady South China Sea serves the widespread pursuits of China and ASEAN nations and is desired by the worldwide neighborhood. The 20-year success of the DOC totally reveals that China and ASEAN nations have the arrogance, knowledge and skill to correctly deal with points referring to the South China Sea. China will proceed to completely and successfully implement the DOC, advance the consultations on a code of conduct within the South China Sea at a quicker tempo, and deepen maritime dialogue and cooperation with ASEAN nations in order to construct the South China Sea right into a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation. 

Reuters: Is China contemplating any changes or modifications to COVID protocols?

Zhao Lijian: I’d refer you to competent authorities on questions concerning the COVID coverage.

Reuters: You simply mentioned that the channel between China and the DPRK is unimpeded. Do you assume China has executed sufficient by way of sustaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula?

Zhao Lijian: I simply said China’s place on the problems of the Korean Peninsula. The flip of occasions and root causes which have led to the present scenario are clear to all. We hope events involved can show sincerity with actions, work with one another and play a constructive position in looking for a political settlement of the points of the Peninsula.

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