Upon invitation, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Qiangba Puncog will attend the celebration for the 50th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Zambia in Zambia on October 24 as the special envoy of President Xi Jinping.
Vice Premier Ma Kai of the State Council will attend the 15th Western China International Fair to be held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province from October 23 to 24 and deliver a keynote speech at the 7th Western China International Cooperation Forum.
President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman and other foreign politicians will attend this year's Western China International Fair upon invitation.
Q: President-elect of Indonesia Joko Widodo took office on October 20. What is China's comment? What does China expect for Sino-Indonesian relations?
A: Vice Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Yan Junqi, as the special envoy of President Xi Jinping, attended the inauguration ceremony of President Joko. During her visit, Vice Chairwoman Yan will convey to Indonesian leaders President Xi's congratulations and greetings to President Joko and exchange views with the Indonesian side on future Sino-Indonesian relations.
Sino-Indonesian relations now enjoy rapid development. In 2013, President Xi Jinping made a successful visit to Indonesia, and the two countries agreed to elevate bilateral relations to comprehensive strategic partnership. China is now the largest trading partner of Indonesia while Indonesia is China's second largest investment destination among ASEAN countries. The practical cooperation between the two countries is productive and promising. The Chinese side welcomes President Joko's attendance at the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting to be held next month in China.
Q: A cyber security website said that it was likely that Chinese government hackers were behind a hacker attack on Apple iCloud storage and backup services. How does China respond to this?
A: I have not seen such a report. China has elaborated on our position concerning cyber security multiple times. The Chinese government firmly opposes and combats any forms of hacker attack. Recent revelations also prove that China falls victim to hacker attacks.
Hacker attack is usually done anonymously across nations. Being a complex global issue, cyber security requires strengthened dialogue and cooperation of all parties in a constructive attitude on the basis of mutual respect and mutual trust so as to find a solution. Groundless speculation, hyping or even malicious smear and attack shall do no good to solve the problem.
Q: Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, who witnessed the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Australia during his terms of office, passed away on October 21. What is China's comment on him?
A: Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was an eminent statesman and old friend of the Chinese people. He has made significant contributions to promoting Sino-Australian relations. We express condolences to his passing away and send our sympathy to his families.
Q: The APEC Finance Ministers' Meeting will be held in Beijing tomorrow, setting the stage for the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting next month. What topics will be discussed at this meeting? What is the objective of this meeting?
A: On October 20, Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei accepted an interview on the background, significance and expected results of the 21st APEC Finance Ministers' Meeting. This meeting will be held in Beijing on October 22 with the attendance of finance ministers of 21 APEC economies, leaders of international institutions and high-level representatives of the private sector. Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei will lead the country's delegation and serve as the chair of the meeting.
To echo the theme of this year's APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting of "Shaping the Future Through Asia Pacific Partnerships", the Finance Ministers' Meeting has identified four agenda items: "Regional Macroeconomic Situation and Outlook", "Cooperation on Infrastructure Investment and Financing", "Fiscal and Taxation Policies and Reform for Economic Restructuring" and "Improving Financial Services for the Regional Real Economy".
This meeting will work toward objectives in three aspects: The first is to maintain economic and financial stability in the Asia-Pacific region. We will seize this opportunity to increase dialogue and cooperation on macroeconomic policy and information and make known to the world our determination and confidence in working together to promote the strong, balanced and sustainable economic development of this region. The second is to promote pragmatic cooperation in the region. This year's meeting prioritizes cooperation on infrastructure investment and financing and will achieve concrete results in the application of the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model to infrastructure development, which not only meets the requirements of the current economic development in the region but also lays a solid foundation for future APEC cooperation. The third is to display China's determination to press ahead with reforms and boost confidence of the international community in China's economic prospect. It is our belief that this conference will create a more agreeable and harmonious atmosphere for the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in November and make contributions to the common prosperity of China and the Asia-Pacific.