Q: Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama said yesterday that the Japanese side is closely watching the South China Sea arbitration, and believes that it would be appropriate to raise their voices on that in the international community individually, or jointly with the Group of Seven and the ASEAN nations. How do you respond to that?
A: From what the Japanese official said, we can tell that some people from Japan are really anxious to see the world in disorder. To make that happen, they keep running a negative publicity campaign against the South China Sea issue, stoking tensions in the region and sowing discord among countries in the region.
Japan has a disgraceful track record on the issue of the South China Sea. It is hoped that Japan will not renew the record, and that countries in the region will stay vigilant about Japan's attempt.
Q: According to the spokesperson of the Russian president, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has written to Russian leader Vladimir Putin to apologize over Ankara's downing of a Russian military jet last year. Erdogan said he wanted to do "everything possible for the restoration of the traditionally friendly relations between Turkey and Russia". What is your comment on that?
A: The Chinese side has noted the relevant report and would like to see Russia and Turkey improve and develop their relations.
Q: It is reported that the Chinese government has submitted its implementation report on Resolution 2270 of the UN Security Council. Can you confirm that? Will the relevant UN committee publish the report?
A: The Chinese side always faithfully observes its international obligations and implements resolutions of the Security Council. The Chinese side has submitted the implementation report as requested under Resolution 2270 of the Security Council. The UN will make the report public.
Q: Head of the Taiwan authorities identified herself as "President of Taiwan (ROC)" in a message she left in the visitor's book after touring the Panama Canal. What is China's comment on that?
A: We hold a long-standing position on issues relating to Taiwan's engagement with foreign countries, that is to uphold the one-China principle and oppose "Taiwan independence", "two Chinas" and "one China, one Taiwan".
After the press conference, a journalist asked: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an interview that India has problems pending with China. China has been cooperating with India to search for solutions, and the effort is on to address these issues through talks. How does China respond?
Hong Lei: We have noted the relevant report. China-India relationship is in a generally good state. Common interests between the two countries far outweigh their differences. The Chinese side will work with the Indian side to steer the bilateral relations, and deepen cooperation in different fields. As for problems in the bilateral relations, the Chinese side will stay in communication and dialogue with the Indian side to find a fair, sensible and mutually acceptable solution.
Q: India has joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). How does China look at it and what is China's stance on joining the MTCR?
Hong Lei: We have noted that some of the multilateral export control regimes have changed in one way or another. With that in mind, China is assessing the effectiveness of the MTCR in safeguarding the international non-proliferation regime.