Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on October 20, 2016
Q: President Duterte of the Philippines is paying a state visit to China. He talked with President Xi Jinping this morning. How do you comment on President Duterte’s visit up to now?
A: President Duterte is paying a state visit to China. This morning, President Xi Jinping staged a grand welcome ceremony for President Duterte and held talks with him. Amid an amicable and candid atmosphere, the two sides exchanged views on improving and developing bilateral relations, deepening pragmatic cooperation across the board and other issues of common interest and reached important consensus. The two sides agreed to fulfill people’s aspirations and improve and further develop bilateral relations with the fundamental and common interests of the two countries in mind.
President Xi Jinping pointed out that there is a solid foundation for China-Philippines friendship that has been running for generations, and there is no reason for the two countries to confront each other. We should spare no efforts to do things as long as they contribute to China-Philippines good-neighborliness and friendship. President Xi Jinping made four proposals for future bilateral relations. First, we should step up political mutual trust and take this opportunity to bolster exchanges and cooperation between governments, parties, parliaments and regions of the two countries. Second, the two sides should carry out pragmatic cooperation and align their development strategies. China is willing to enhance cooperation with the Philippines within the Belt and Road framework and discuss ways to achieve win-win results. China is willing to actively take part in the building of the Philippine railways, city rail transport, highways, ports and other infrastructure which will benefit the local people. The two should strengthen law enforcement and defense cooperation. China supports efforts taken by the new Philippine government to crack down on drugs, terrorism and crimes, and stands ready to cooperate with the Philippines. The two should expand economic and trade cooperation. China will encourage its companies to increase investment in the Philippines and help it develop the economy faster and better. The two should deepen cooperation on agriculture and poverty alleviation. China is willing to help the Philippines to boost its capacity of agricultural production and rural development and support cooperation between fishing companies. Third, the two should bolster people-to-people exchanges. China will encourage Chinese tourists to travel to the Philippines, enhance bilateral exchanges in education, culture and media, and facilitate regional cooperation. Moreover, the two should further cooperation on regional and multilateral affairs. China stands ready to enhance coordination with the Philippines under multilateral frameworks such as the UN and APEC and jointly safeguard the interests of developing countries. We are willing to work alongside the Philippines to move forward China-ASEAN relations and East Asia cooperation.
President Duterte said that China is a great country and the long-lasting friendship between the two is unshakable. There is vast room of development for bilateral cooperation. The Philippines is committed to developing bilateral relations and enhancing cooperation with China which will benefit the two peoples. President Duterte thanked China for its enormous support to Philippine economic and social development, agreed to increase bilateral exchanges at various levels and bolster cooperation on economy and trade, investment, agriculture, technology, manufacture, infrastructure, disaster relief, tourism, aviation, media, drug control, counter-terrorism, coast guard and people-to-people exchanges. The Philippines will help improve China-ASEAN relations and step up coordination on international and regional affairs.
After the meeting, the two leaders bore witness to the signing of 13 bilateral cooperation documents covering economy and trade, investment, industrial capacity, agriculture, media, quality inspection, tourism, drug control, finance, coast guard and infrastructure.
The two leaders had an extensive talk and reached fruitful outcomes. As President Duterte said today, this meeting is historic as it comprehensively improves and develops bilateral relations and will surely benefit the two peoples. We have every reason to expect and believe that President Duterte’s visit will be a full success.
Q: As revealed by the U.S. Strategic Command, the DPRK failed in a missile test fire this morning, a move taken as a provocation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions. Do you have any comment?
A: I have noted relevant reports. The UN Security Council resolutions have clear provisions about the DPRK’s launching activities using ballistic missile technologies. Given the current circumstances, it is hoped that relevant parties can exercise restraint and avoid provoking each other or exacerbating regional tension.
Q: After meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Slovakia Lin Lin, Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak reaffirmed that President of Slovakia Andrej Kiska’s meeting with the 14th Dalai has damaged the bilateral relationship between China and Slovakia. How do you comment?
A: President Andrej Kiska of Slovakia met with the 14th Dalai on October 16. This has severely undermined the political basis of the sound development of bilateral relations.
As we have noted, Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak has reaffirmed to the Chinese side that the Slovak government adheres to the one-China policy and regards Tibet as an inseparable part of China. China hopes that the Slovak side can keep its promise, respect China’s core interests and major concerns, take effective measures to eliminate the negative impact, and make sure that China-Slovakia relations come back to the track of sound and stable development at an early date.
Q: At the 6th Commission of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly on the agenda item of “Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism”, Chinese Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Wu Haitao said that China will host in Beijing the 2nd Workshop on Combating Cyber Terrorism within the framework of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum on October 21. Can you say something about the workshop?
A: China successfully hosted the first Workshop on Combating Cyber Terrorism within the framework of the Forum in 2014. The Chinese Foreign Ministry will host the second Workshop on October 21. Members of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum, officials of the relevant countries and international organizations, experts, scholars and representatives of Internet companies will be invited to the workshop.
Currently, the global counter-terrorism campaign is in face of a grave situation. Combating cyber terrorism has become the top priority of the international counter-terrorism cooperation at this stage. China actively participates in the international counter-terrorism course. We hope that this workshop can further build up consensus, promote international cooperation on combating cyber terrorism, and contribute to maintaining the security and stability of the cyber space and the world.
Q: Did the South China Sea issue come along in President Xi Jinping and President Duterte’s meeting? What specifics are talked about and agreed upon?
A: President Xi Jinping and President Duterte had a friendly and candid exchange of views on how to handle disputes and improve bilateral relations during today’s meeting. As pointed out by President Xi Jinping, the two sides should commit themselves to the proper settlement of disputes. For most of the time since the two countries established diplomatic relations, the two have properly managed disputes regarding the South China Sea issue through bilateral dialogue and consultation. We should pass on this political wisdom, follow this successful practice and regard it as an important consensus and foundation for the sound and steady development of bilateral relations. As long as we stick to friendly dialogue and consultation, we can candidly talk about anything, properly manage the disputes and move forward cooperation. Issues which can not be resolved for the moment may be set aside temporarily.
Q: Did the two leaders talk about fishing around the Huangyan Dao?
A: The two sides discussed fishery cooperation in the South China Sea including bilateral cooperation on fishing industry. China is willing to make proper arrangement given the friendly relations between it and the Philippines.
Q: First, can you update us on the detention of three Australian Crown Resorts employees? Second, in this morning’s US presidential debate, Hilary Clinton said that China dumped aluminum to the US and accused Donald Trump of building hotels using Chinese steel. Do you have any comment on this?
A: On your first question, I have nothing new to offer.
On your third question, we have noted the U.S. presidential debate that took place this morning. We do not comment on the relevant remarks made by the U.S. presidential candidates.
Q: What agriculture agreements have been reached between China and the Philippines? Will China lift the limit on banana import from the Philippines? Separately, will China remove the travel warnings for Chinese citizens to visit the Philippines?
A: The two leaders agree to deepen cooperation on agriculture and poverty alleviation. China is willing to help the Philippines increase its capacity of agricultural production and rural development. The two also signed agreements on agricultural cooperation. China will restore fruit export qualifications to 21 Philippine companies and approve 7 Philippine companies to export mangoes to China.
China will take effective measures to encourage Chinese tourists to travel to the Philippines and enhance bilateral people-to-people, cultural and non-governmental exchanges.
Q: Since China and the Philippines have inked many investment and cooperation deals, what is the total amount of money?
A: Today, the Chinese and Philippine leaders reached multiple consensus on comprehensively improving and enhancing bilateral cooperation across the board. The two agreed to step up cooperation on economic and trade, investment, agriculture, technology, manufacture, infrastructure, tourism, aviation, media, drug control, counter-terrorism, coast guard and people-to-people exchanges, and witnessed the signing of 13 bilateral cooperation documents. The Philippine government is in need of more infrastructure investment to improve people’s livelihood and develop the economy. China is willing to take an active part in the Philippines’ infrastructure building and provide financing and investment support through various channels. I have nothing to offer in terms of the specific number.
Q: The city of Milan awarded Dalai Lama with an honorary citizen citizenship today. What is your comment? What repercussions will this have to China-Italy relations?
A: China is strongly dissatisfied with and opposed to the awarding of “honorable citizenship” to the 14th Dalai by the city council of Milan. China is resolutely against Dalai’s anti-China separatist activities in any capacity in any country, and opposes any contact between any countries’ officials with him. This position remains clear and consistent.
We hope that relevant countries can respect China’s major concerns and core interests, and make tangible efforts to eradicate the negative impact of this erroneous act, step up mutual trust and maintain the sound development of bilateral relations.