Q: Parties of Mali signed the draft agreement on peace and reconciliation in Algeria the other day. What is China’s comment on this?
A: The Chinese side has taken note of the positive outcomes in the peace and reconciliation process of Mali. We appreciate and support the unremitting efforts by the international community, the Algerian government in particular, to solve the Malian crisis and realize regional peace and stability. We call on all parties of Mali to bear in mind the general interests, maintain national unity and territorial integrity, and seize the opportunity to realize national peace, stability and development at an early date.
Q: A knife attack took place in Guangzhou railway station this morning. What is China’s comment on this? Do you think this is a terrorist attack?
A: I have seen such report but do no know the specifics. We believe that local public security authorities will take immediate and effective measures to protect people’s life and property, and investigate this case as soon as possible.
Q: US Ambassador to the ROK Mark Lippert was attacked and injured when attending an event in Seoul on March 5. Does China have any any comment on this?
A: The Chinese side expresses regret over this unfortunate incident. We believe that the ROK side will handle this case properly and hope that Ambassador Mark Lippert will recover soon.
Q: First, the UK issued a report saying that there are increasing limitations to freedom and autonomy of Hong Kong that China promised to deliver to Hong Kong 30 years ago during negotiations with the UK. What is China’s response to this? Second, Japanese Foreign Ministry said on March 5 that China and Japan would hold the first security talk in four years later this month. Can you give us more details?
A: On your first question, the “one country, two systems” policy has gained substantial achievements since the return of Hong Kong. This is a fact that any objective and unbiased person will agree to. Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, and Hong Kong affairs are entirely China’s domestic affairs which the UK side has no right to interfere in. There is no such thing as “obligation” that UK claims over Hong Kong.
On your second question, the foreign ministries of China and Japan maintain normal contact. Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao will visit the ROK and Japan in mid-to-late March. He will hold regular consultations with his ROK and Japanese counterparts respectively for the China-ROK diplomatic consultation and China-Japan security dialogue as well as the regular diplomatic consultation. The China-Japan security dialogue and regular diplomatic consultation are important channels of communication between diplomatic and defense departments of the two countries. The two sides will exchange views on bilateral relations, respective national defense policies and international and regional issues of common interest through this dialogue and consultation.
Q: The new Sri Lankan government decides to temporarily suspend the Colombo port city project in line with the review outcomes of relevant technology committee. What is China’s comment on this?
A: The Sri Lankan government has informed China of relevant situation, saying that the project is only suspended temporarily rather than canceled and promising to keep communication and consultation with China on the follow-ups. We also notice that the Sri Lankan side is investigating some cooperation projects with other countries involved. We will closely monitor how this plays out, and hope that the Sri Lankan side can properly resolve relevant issue and safeguard the rights and legitimate interests of Chinese companies while protecting the fundamental interests of Sri Lanka’s national development and protecting Chinese companies’ enthusiasm to invest in Sri Lanka.
Q: Media reports say that the People’s Liberation Army will attend the military parade to be held in Moscow. Can you confirm this and provide us more details?
A: This year marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War. China and Russia have agreed to jointly hold commemorations and celebrations. You may refer to the Defense Ministry for specifics.