|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on May 13, 2014|
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on May 13, 2014.
Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:
At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin will pay a state visit to China from May 20 to 21 and attend the 4th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Summit in Shanghai.
At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani will pay a state visit to China from May 20 to 22 and attend the 4th CICA Summit in Shanghai.
At the invitation of the Chinese government, Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon will pay an official visit to China from May 18 to 22 and attend the 4th CICA Summit in Shanghai.
Q: There are reports that China and Turkmenistan signed a series of deals after the leaders' meeting. Did China agree to grant a 10 billion dollar loan to Turkmenistan?
A: China and Turkmenistan are strategic partners. Yesterday, President Xi Jinping and President Berdimuhamedow held a very fruitful dialogue and reached new consensus on deepening China-Turkmenistan strategic partnership and bilateral cooperation in various areas. As far as I know, the two sides signed 16 cooperation documents covering politics, economy, energy, agriculture, culture, horse industry, sub-region and other sectors. What you have mentioned is not included in those documents.
Q: On May 11, during his visit to Africa, Premier Li Keqiang reached consensus with state leaders of East Africa countries on forging a thriving economic artery running through various countries in this region. Can you give us more details on that?
A: Premier Li Keqiang has concluded successfully his four-state visit to Africa. During his visit to Kenya, he took part in the signing ceremony of China-Kenya joint financing agreement on Mombasa-Nairobi railway together with state leaders of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and other countries in the region as well as representatives from Tanzania, Burundi and African Development Bank.
The Mombasa-Nairobi railway, spanning as long as 480 km and being the starting point of East Africa railway network, is designed with an annual cargo capacity of 20 million tons. Its construction is contracted entirely to Chinese companies and will apply to standards of Chinese technology. Once completed, the Mombasa-Nairobi railway will further improve East Africa railway network, increase East African countries' cargo capacity, and enhance connectivity and integration of East Africa region. Starting from sub-regional cooperation, China and Africa have been working together to build networks of high-speed railway, expressway and regional airlines, the Mombasa-Nairobi railway being an important project of this endeavor. China will enhance its communication and coordination with relevant countries and the African Union, and give full play to the financing function of China-Africa financial institutions. A third-party organization outside the East Africa region is also welcomed to play an active role in this area to achieve mutual benefit and win-win result.
Ms. Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, once said that the "dream of the century" Africa has been cherishing is that one day the capitals of all African countries will be linked together by high-speed railway. China has always regarded infrastructure construction as an important part of China-Africa cooperation and has been supportive of the connectivity endeavor of the African continent. Tanzania-Zambia railway, a symbol of China-Africa friendship, is a case in point. Under the new circumstances, China is willing to share its skills and experience in railway construction with Africa, carry out cooperation in design, construction, equipment, management, personnel training and financing, and make new contribution in improving the infrastructure and connectivity in Africa.
Q: The US Secretary of State John Kerry held a phone conversation with Foreign Minister Wang Yi today. The US side asked China to stop taking provocative actions. What is China's response to that?
A: You mentioned the word "provocative". It is true that provocative actions have been seen in the South China Sea recently. But they are not taken by China. It is nothing but the wrong words and actions made by the US side on maritime issues that have emboldened some countries to take provocative actions. We would like the US side to think hard on this: if they really want the Pacific region to be pacific, what kind of role should they play? What actions should they take to truly contribute to the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region?
This morning, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a phone conversation with the US Secretary of State John Kerry as scheduled. Wang Yi emphasized that to further develop a new model of major-country relations between China and the US is an important consensus reached by the two heads of state, which is in line with the common interests of China and the US. Both sides need to enhance cooperation, protect bilateral ties from disruptions, and ensure sound and steady development of China-US relationship. Going forward, a series of important exchanges will be held between China and the US. Both sides need to collaborate closely to strive for positive outcomes.
With regard to the current maritime situation, Wang Yi clarified the historical context, the hard facts and China's principles and positions on relevant issues. He urged the US to treat these issues with objectivity and fairness, live up to its commitment, watch its words and actions, and avoid emboldening relevant parties' provocative actions. Kerry said that the US takes no position or side on the issues of territorial sovereignty, neither does it intend to make judgement. The US hopes that all parties can properly handle relevant issues and ensure regional peace and stability.
Q: During an interview with the German government website, German Chancellor Merkel said that China offered enormous support to Europe amid the European debt crisis because China believed that the euro is here to stay for a long time to come. What is China's comment on that?
A: The European Union is the world's biggest economy and China's largest trading partner. The European debt crisis is not just a problem for Europe. It has a major bearing on other countries as well. Since the breakout of the European debt crisis, the Europe, Germany in particular, has taken a series of measures to mitigate the crisis which worked positively in stabilizing the market and boosting confidence. China has been taking concrete steps to support Europe and Germany's efforts in this regard.
We are happy to see that recently the European debt crisis has begun to show signs of steady improvement. The mechanism for managing the crisis has been consolidated and improved. The European economy is on the track of recovery. All these will further improve the outlook for European economy and the world economy.
At present, the world economic recovery still faces many factors of uncertainty. We are willing to stay in close communication and coordination with the international community, including Germany, to safeguard global financial stability, fight against trade protectionism and strive for sustainable recovery and growth of the world economy.
Q: First, please brief us on the detailed arrangements for President Putin's visit. Will he come to Beijing? Second, will China offer its assistance to Nigeria to help rescue those over 200 schoolgirls who were abducted? Will China echo the voices of other countries to call on the release of those students?
A: On your first question, President Putin will pay a state visit to China from May 20 to 21 and attend the 4th CICA summit in Shanghai. This is the second meeting between the two heads of state within this year. During President Putin's stay in China, President Xi Jinping will hold talks with him, both in large groups and small ones. They will sign and release an important joint statement, and witness the signing of a series of important cooperation documents by relevant departments and enterprises from both sides. As far as I know, due to his short stay in China, relevant activities will be held in Shanghai.
On your second question, Nigeria is an important country in Africa and plays a vital role in international and regional affairs. Maintaining stability and development of Nigeria is of great importance to Africa. Premier Li has just concluded successfully his visit to Nigeria. We are deeply distressed by the kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria and call on the immediate release of those innocent students. China will firmly support Nigeria's active efforts in maintaining national security and social stability. We stand ready to enhance cooperation with Nigeria and jointly fight against terrorism of all forms.