|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on April 27, 2016|
At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will pay an official visit to China from April 29 to May 1.
Q: The Security Council had an open debate on the piracy issue in the Gulf of Guinea on April 25. China is the Security Council's rotating president for this month. What is China's consideration behind its joint proposal with African countries of holding an open debate on the piracy issue? What has China done for the settlement of the issue?
A: The Gulf of Guinea is an important international sea-lane and energy base. We have seen an upsurge of piracy problems in the Gulf of Guinea over recent years which have posed severe threat to safety of navigation and economy in the region, the international passage for maritime trade, as well as peace and security of the region. The international community, the UN Security Council in particular, has the obligation to ensure that waters off the Gulf of Guinea are safe.
In 2011 and 2012, the Security Council convened meetings on the piracy issue in the Gulf of Guinea. This time, China's joint proposal with Angola and Senegal of holding an open debate on this issue got positive response from the international community with great attention. The Security Council also issued a presidential statement which answered the call of coastal states of the Gulf of Guinea and countries in the region for international cooperation against piracy, built up international consensus on combating pirates in the Gulf of Guinea and shed light on how this issue could be resolved with joint efforts, bringing the international cooperation against piracy to a higher level.
In conducting China's relations with Africa, we adhere to the principles of sincerity, practical results, affinity and good faith and uphold the values of friendship, justice and shared interests. We take an active part in international cooperation against pirates in the Gulf of Guinea and offer help to coastal states in their endeavor to maintain normal traffic order on the sea and enhance capacity building in infrastructure and other fields. We will continue to strengthen cooperation with African countries and create a sound security environment for the economic and social development of Africa.
Q: The DPRK announced today that the Seventh Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) will start on May 6. Has the Chinese government or the Communist Party of China received any invitation? Will Chinese leaders attend the Congress?
A: That is a major event in the political life of the Party and people of the DPRK.
Q: It is reported that Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin of Ukraine will start his visit to China today. He will attend the foreign ministers' meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) and meet with Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Has Foreign Minister Klimkin arrived in China yet? Will the two sides talk about the issue of Crimea?
A: At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin will attend the CICA foreign ministers' meeting to be held in Beijing on April 27 and 28. On the sidelines of the meeting, Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet with Foreign Minister Klimkin at the latter's request and exchange views on the bilateral relationship and issues of common interest. We would like to develop friendly and cooperative relations with Ukraine on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.
As for specific topics of the two foreign ministers' meeting, we will release the information in due course.
Q: South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar returned to the capital Juba on April 26 and was sworn in as First Vice President. What is China's comment?
A: Following his meeting with President Salva Kiir of South Sudan in Juba on April 26, South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar was sworn in as First Vice President. It marks an important step forward in the peace process of South Sudan. The Chinese side welcomes that.
China is an important cooperative partner of South Sudan. Since the outbreak of domestic conflicts in South Sudan in 2013, China has been engaging constructively in the peace process of South Sudan, supporting African countries in resolving African problems through African means, and playing a major role in encouraging warring parties in South Sudan to sign a final peace deal.
We sincerely hope that parties in South Sudan will renew efforts to form a transitional government as soon as possible, speed up the process of reconstruction, and realize peace, stability and development of South Sudan at an early date. China will continue to make constructive efforts to that end together with the international community.
Q: First, can you give us more details about Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida's visit to China? Second, what is China's expectation for the 5th CICA foreign ministers' meeting?
A: At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will pay an official visit to China from April 29 to May 1. The two foreign ministers will exchange views on China-Japan relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest during their talks. China and Japan are each other's important neighbors. We believe that a sound and steady China-Japan relationship is in the common interests of the two countries and two peoples and of great significance to peace, stability and development of the region. We have seen signs of improvement of the bilateral relations, accompanied by challenges. We hope that the Japanese side would work with China toward the same goal, act in strict accordance with the four political documents and the four-point principled agreement, properly deal with relevant issues and make concrete efforts for the sustained improvement and growth of relations with China.
As for the CICA foreign ministers' meeting, China attaches great importance to it. President Xi Jinping will attend and address the opening ceremony. We hope to work alongside all parties to the meeting to build up consensus on major issues relating to regional security, and uplift the role of CICA in maintaining regional peace, security and stability. Details of the meeting will be released in a timely fashion.
Q: US President Barack Obama is said to visit Hiroshima next month during his trip to Japan. What is China's comment?
A: You'd better ask the US for the agenda of President Obama at the G7 Summit in Japan. We are not aware of that.
Q: Do you have any comment on his visit to Hiroshima?
A: Is the schedule confirmed by the US? We will follow that.
Q: A French company has won a deal to build submarines for Australia. What is China's comment?
A: We have seen the report.
Q: US officials said that the US and India will carry out further cooperation in the Indian Ocean to track movements of naval vessels and submarines in the region, which presumably will impact China. How does China see that?
A: We have noted the recent frequent military cooperation in the region between some countries. It is hoped that the cooperation is normal and conducive to regional peace and stability.