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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on September 20, 2016
2016/09/20

Q: Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Japan's adoption of its new security law. It is reported that civilian groups in Japan staged massive protests drawing tens of thousands of people. What is your comment?

A: We have repeatedly stated our position on this issue. The war of aggression waged by the Japanese militarism last century inflicted grave suffering on China and other Asian countries, and the innocent Japanese people also fell victim to the war. Due to historical reason, Japan's Asian neighbors and the international community have every reason to keep a close eye on its military and security moves. We truly understand the justified call by the Japanese people and the clear-minded to avoid repeating the history and adhere to the pacifist constitution.

We hope that the Japanese side will draw hard lessons from history, heed the call for justice within and outside Japan, address the security concerns of its Asian neighbors, act prudently in military and security field, and stick to the path of peaceful development.

Q: It is reported that China and the US have stepped up cooperation targeting companies suspected of helping the DPRK develop nuclear programs, including the Liaoning Hongxiang company which has close trade cooperation with the DPRK. Can you confirm this?

A: You may also know about China's consistent and clear position on opposing the DPRK's development of nuclear weapons. China has made relentless efforts to move forward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. We have been earnestly implementing UN Security Council Resolution 2270 and honoring due international obligations on export control of non-proliferation, and these efforts are there for all to see.

As for the individual company you mentioned, relevant authorities of China are investigating its misdoings including economic crimes in accordance with law. Relevant information has already been released.

Q: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Foreign Minister Wang Yi as well as the DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho are all in New York for the high-level meetings of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly. Is China planning to use this opportunity to engage in bilateral meetings with the DPRK, asking it to abandon its nuclear development programs?

A: Premier Li Keqiang held bilateral meetings with the UN Secretary-General and leaders of other countries on the sidelines of the high-level meetings of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly. Foreign Minister Wang Yi also met with his counterparts during the meetings. We will release relevant information in due course.

Q: According to media reports, the 17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) was concluded in Venezuela, adopting the Margarita Declaration which outlines the development of the NAM in the next three years. President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela which holds the rotating presidency of the NAM, said that the movement will continue to push for a multi-polar world. Do you have any response to this?

A: China congratulates Venezuela on successfully hosting the 17th Summit of the NAM, and commends the Venezuelan government for its immense input to prepare for the summit.

The NAM, as a hallmark of developing countries seeking strength for themselves through unity, has played an important role in upholding world peace and facilitating common development. As an observer member of the NAM, China has always endorsed the purposes and principles of the NAM and attached great importance to the role played by it in international affairs.

We will firmly support the NAM in having a bigger say in international affairs, keep extending and intensifying the traditional friendship with the NAM, and expand mutually beneficial cooperation. We will continue to stand by developing countries and make unremitting efforts to safeguard the common interests of developing countries, jointly build a new model of international relations featuring win-win cooperation and forge a community of shared future for mankind.

Q: Egypt's deputy finance minister reportedly said yesterday that Egypt was negotiating with China to obtain massive financing from China. Can you confirm this and tell us more about the talks?

A: As far as I know, working groups from the Chinese and Egyptian central banks are in talks on bilateral currency swap arrangement. Initial outcomes have been achieved, but the specific amount is yet to be decided. China will release relevant information if there is some.

Q: According to media reports, China has taken back a criminal suspect from France to China. Can you tell us more about this?

A: The Chinese Ministry of Public Security has released relevant information. With the cooperation of the French side, the "Fox Hunt" campaign team under the Ministry of Public Security has escorted the suspect Chen Wenhua from France, who is wanted by police in China's Zhejiang Province.

This is the first fugitive repatriated from France since the China-France extradition treaty took effect in 2015, marking a major breakthrough for hunting suspects who have fled to France. This is also another example of China's successful extradition of fugitives from European countries after Italy and Spain.

I would like to emphasize that the Chinese government attaches great importance to international cooperation on tracking down fugitives and pursuing illicit gains. We have had effective and reciprocal cooperation on individual cases with relevant countries based on treaties or through diplomatic channels in recent years. Looking forward, we will intensify our efforts to hunt fugitives and pursue ill-gotten assets overseas, and keep building and improving the legal network to put all the fugitives and their illicit assets under the sky net of anti-corruption.

Q: According to media reports, Philippine Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said on September 15 when delivering a speech in the US that the time for the Philippines and China to negotiate on territorial disputes was yet to come, and that the Philippines could only talk with China about the territorial dispute in the South China Sea based on the ruling of arbitration. Then he said on September 16 when meeting with Filipinos in the US that the Philippines was arranging bilateral negotiation with China on the South China Sea issue through diplomatic channel with no pre-conditions. Do you have any comment on his remarks?

A: China's position on the so-called arbitration case is clear, and so is China's stance on peacefully resolving disputes through consultation and negotiation. The door for bilateral talks between China and the Philippines is always open.

A steady, friendly and sound China-Philippines relationship meets the fundamental interests of the two countries and the common aspiration of their people. It is hoped that the Philippines can work with us, show sincerity for dialogues, properly deal with relevant disputes through negotiation and consultation based on mutual respect and trust, and bring bilateral relations back to the track of sound development at an early date.

Q: The DPRK claims to have successfully conducted a ground test of a new type of high powered rocket engine today. The US believes that this technology is a result of cooperation with Iran. Do you take the DPRK's test as its right to peacefully use the outer space or a violation of the existing sanctions?

A: Given the current circumstances, the UN Security Council has clear stipulations on the DPRK's launching activities using ballistic missile technology. We hope that all relevant parties will comply with their obligations under the UN Security Council resolutions.

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