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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on September 14, 2016
2016/09/14

At the invitation of Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, State Councilor Yang Jiechi will travel to New Delhi, India for the sixth meeting of BRICS senior representatives on security issues on September 15.

Q: The US alleged that China had doled out "market price support" for rice, wheat and corn above levels agreed at the WTO, and it would launch legal actions against what it called China's "unfair trade incentives ". What is your comment on that?

A: Head of the Department of Treaty and Law of the Ministry of Commerce has already answered that question. I'd refer you to the Ministry of Commerce.

Q: Interim President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan told two houses of the Parliament that Uzbekistan is ready to enhance comprehensive strategic partnership with China. What is China's response to that?

A: We have noted and highly appreciate the positive statement by interim President Mirziyoyev about developing China-Uzbekistan comprehensive strategic partnership.

China and Uzbekistan are neighbors, good friends and comprehensive strategic partners. The two sides have secured a rapid growth of bilateral cooperation in different fields through hard work in the last couple of years. The Chinese side stays committed to developing and enhancing the comprehensive strategic partnership with Uzbekistan. It is believed that with the commitment and support of leaders of the two countries, the comprehensive strategic partnership will keep advancing in a sustained, sound and steady manner, and bilateral cooperation will yield fruitful results.

Q: State Councilor Yang Jiechi will attend the sixth meeting of BRICS senior representatives on security issues in New Delhi. What will be discussed at the meeting? Will there be any bilateral meetings?

A: At the invitation of Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, State Councilor Yang Jiechi will travel to New Delhi, India for the sixth meeting of BRICS senior representatives on security issues on September 15. Attendees will have thorough discussion on counter-terrorism, cyber security, energy security, situation in West Asia and North Africa as well as other international and regional issues of common interest.

Recent years have seen dialogues among BRICS countries on issues of common concern in the field of political security and the establishment of the meeting mechanism of BRICS senior representatives on security issues. The Chinese side would like to see BRICS countries play a bigger role in international and regional security issues, step up coordination and cooperation on major issues concerning security and contribute to peace, prosperity and stability of the world.

I have no information about bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the sixth meeting of BRICS senior representatives on security issues. We will release the information in due course.

Q: China and India held a new round of arms control consultation in New Delhi yesterday, discussing the accession of India into the Nuclear Suppliers' Group (NSG). Can you give us more details?

A: On September 13, China and India held a fresh round of arms control consultation in New Delhi. The consultation was co-chaired by Wang Qun, Director-General of the Arms Control Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, and Amandeep Singh Gill, Joint Secretary for Disarmament and International Security of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. The two sides exchanged views on issues of common concern.

On NSG enlargement, given that it is an issue of major concern to India, China shared with India the relevant discussions within the Group, as well as its principled positions and views on that. In the meantime, China listened to India's opinion on the accession into the NSG by countries that are not signatories to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), and promised to bring such views back to the Group for its consideration. China hopes the above inputs will help facilitate the relevant discussions within the Group.

The two sides realized that non-NPT states' participation is, in essence, a multilateral issue, and can only be subject to consensus of all NSG members through consultation. Bilateral exchanges should serve to facilitate the relevant discussions within the Group.

China pointed out that the issue of the non-NPT states' participation in the NSG raises new questions for the Group under the new circumstances, and the crux of it is how to address the gap between the existing policies and practices of the non-NPT states and the existing international non-proliferation rules and norms with the NPT as the cornerstone. In accordance with the mandate given to the NSG at its Seoul Plenary meeting, China supports an early commencement of an open and transparent inter-governmental process to undertake comprehensive and thorough discussion on issues relating to non-NPT states' participation in the NSG in various aspects. China has yet to take a position on the accession into the NSG by any specific non-NPT country. China supports the notion of a two-step approach, which means that at the first stage, exploring and reaching agreement on a non-discriminatory formula applicable to all non-NPT states, and proceeding to take up country-specific membership issues at the second stage. China is willing to actively participate in the above process within the Group.

The two sides also had in-depth discussions on issues related to cyber security and the work of the Geneva Conference on Disarmament.

The two sides believed that the consultation is positive, candid, pragmatic and constructive. The two sides expressed the wish to intensify their exchanges on the relevant issues, agreeing to hold the next round of consultation in China in due course, to be decided through diplomatic channels.

Q: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has indicated interest in purchasing arms from China at favorable terms. What is China's expectation for the timeline of how such purchases might proceed? Does China expect the Philippines to send a military officer soon to discuss such purchases? Have China and the Philippines already engaged in discussion on that?

A: I have seen the report but I am not aware of the specifics. The Chinese side will work with the Philippines to promote and renew normal exchanges and cooperation in different fields.

Q: Foreign Minister Wang Yi reportedly told his ROK counterpart during their telephone conversation last night that China is willing to take part in the UN discussion on a new round of sanctions against the DPRK. Is China satisfied with the existing sanctions? What is China's stance on the upcoming discussion at the UN Security Council?

A: You can find online the news release about the telephone conversation between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and ROK Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se. We believe that it is necessary for the Security Council to further respond to the nuclear test by the DPRK, and their response should be focused on nuclear activities by the DPRK for the purpose of resolving the Korean nuclear issue and safeguarding peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula. The Chinese side always takes a responsible and constructive part in Security Council discussions. We will continue to do so in the following discussions. We also believe that sanction is neither an end nor the only approach. To fundamentally resolve the Korean nuclear issue, we have to bring it back to the track of peaceful settlement through dialogue as soon as possible. We urge all parties to avoid provoking each other so as not to escalate tension. It is hoped that all parties will work in tandem to create conditions for the peaceful settlement of the Korean nuclear issue through dialogue.

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