Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on September 14, 2021-Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China

2021-09-14: [Original Article Link].

Zhao Lijian: I noticed the report. I don't have a message that I can release at the moment. Batong News Agency: The China-ASEAN Expo was successfully held in Nanning and closed yesterday. This year, Pakistan participated for the second time as a guest partner. What is China's comment on this? The China-ASEAN Expo is an important platform for deepening China-ASEAN cooperation. In recent years, with the upgrading and upgrading of China-ASEAN relations, the influence and attractiveness of the China-ASEAN Expo has continued to expand, promoting and witnessing the continuous deepening of economic integration between the two sides, accelerating economic and trade cooperation, and accelerating connectivity, humanities are closer. As all-weather strategic cooperative partners, China and Pakistan in recent years the economic and trade cooperation has been constantly deepened, China has continuously for 6 years, Pakistan's biggest trading partner. We are willing to work with Pakistan to promote the high-level operation of China-Pakistan relations, continue to deepen cooperation in various fields, including economy and trade, and work together to build a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era, so as to provide assistance for the common prosperity and development of the region. "Beijing Youth Daily" reporter: According to reports, on the 13th, 177 Stanford University faculty and staff jointly sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, criticizing the Trump administration in 2018 launched the "China Action Plan" seriously deviated from the established goals, damage to the competitiveness of US scientific research and incite racial discrimination. What is China's comment on this? Zhao Lijian: The media has already exposed that the so-called "China Action Plan" first set up targets for handling cases and then investigate cases. Such a disregard for judicial justice will only cause unjust, false and wrong cases. As of March this year at the end of Mascheroni China action plan "published on the website of the so-called" typical case compilation hadn't been together involving intellectual property and commercial espionage charges are fraud, misrepresentation, under-reporting of taxes and so on. The letter from the American College Staff Union has once again proved that more and more people in the United States have realized that this so-called "China Action Plan" is essentially the abuse of the concept of national security by anti-China forces in the United States, A tool for curbing and suppressing China. This plan not only caused serious harm to Sino-US relations, but also aggravated racial discrimination in the United States and caused serious damage to Asian American groups. We urge the United States to listen to the voice of justice from all walks of life in the United States, effectively correct its mistakes, and stop interfering with the normal exchanges and cooperation between China and the United States in the fields of science and technology and humanities. Australian TV reporter: The Japanese Liberal Democratic Party presidential election has entered the countdown, and the candidates frequently mentioned the topic of China. On the 13th, former Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said that if he is elected, he will set up a special adviser on human rights to deal with China's human rights violations in Xinjiang. Previously, Takaomiao had said that if elected, he would continue to visit the Yasukuni Shrine. What is the spokesman's response to this? Zhao Lijian: China's position on issues such as the Yasukuni Shrine is consistent and clear. China's internal affairs are free from external forces. Japanese politicians should stop talking about China. This kind of political hype is meaningless and can be retreated. Bloomberg reporter: President Biden will hold a meeting of leaders of the United States, Japan, Australia and India at the White House next week to discuss issues including dealing with China's growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region. What is the Foreign Ministry's comment on this? Zhao Lijian: China has always believed that any regional cooperation mechanism should conform to the trend of the times of peace and development, help to enhance mutual trust and cooperation among regional countries, and should not target or harm the interests of third parties. The "small circle" that is closed, exclusive, and aimed at other countries violates the trend of the times and runs counter to the wishes of regional countries. It is unpopular and has no way out. I would like to emphasize that China is not only the main engine of economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region, but also a staunch defender of regional peace and stability, and that China's development is the growth of world peace forces, it is the gospel of regional prosperity. Relevant countries should abandon outdated zero-sum game thinking and narrow geopolitical concepts, treat China's development correctly, respect the hearts and minds of the people of regional countries, and do more things that are conducive to promoting unity and cooperation among regional countries. The Paper: On August 29, the US military carried out a drone strike in Kabul after the terrorist attack at Kabul Airport in Afghanistan, claiming to have killed two terrorists. Recently, a number of US media conducted a large number of on-site investigations and believed that the drones did not kill terrorists, but 10 innocent civilians. This was a complete intelligence error. In this regard, some media said that this incident broke the illusion that the US military and related intelligence agencies were omnipotent and called on the international community to pursue responsibility for the US crimes. What is China's comment on this? Zhao Lijian: Recently, the media has widely reported that the US military has killed civilians in Afghanistan by mistake, and international public opinion has also called for accountability against the United States. In the face of widespread doubts and unanimous condemnation by the international community, the United States cannot attempt to muddle through and leave. It must thoroughly investigate the truth and give a responsible account to the Afghan people and the international community. Indian Broadcasting Corporation reporter: Recently, China has allowed employees and family members from the German, French and Italian Chambers of Commerce to return to China. In the past 10 months, China has stopped issuing visas to people from 11 countries, including India. Excuse me, what is the standard for China to issue visas to personnel in specific countries, and when will China issue visas to Indian personnel? Zhao Lijian: At present, the international epidemic situation is still complex and severe. China draws on the practice of many countries and dynamically adjusts the management measures for relevant personnel to come to China according to the changes in the epidemic situation. China is willing to maintain close communication with all parties and do a good job in personnel exchanges between China and foreign countries on the premise of ensuring the safety of epidemic prevention. Follow-up: What do you mean by "management measures for people coming to China? At present, not only 11 countries such as India, but many countries have outbreaks, so can people from these countries even if they comply with epidemic prevention regulations? Zhao Lijian: China has previously agreed with relevant countries to establish a two-way "fast channel" for people who resume work and production ". This is a mutually beneficial arrangement agreed between China and the countries concerned in the light of the epidemic situation and the need to resume work and production. Follow-up: Do you think there will be such an arrangement between China and India? Zhao Lijian: I think this should allow diplomats from the two countries to negotiate. If the Indian side has such needs, it can be submitted to the Chinese side. Bloomberg reporter: South Korea has recently completed submarine-launched underwater missile tests and has become one of the few countries that have mastered relevant technologies. How concerned is China about South Korea's development of missile technology? Will State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi mention this issue during his visit to Seoul? Zhao Lijian: China has noticed relevant reports. We hope that the countries concerned will work together to maintain regional peace, stability and development. China and South Korea are important neighbors to each other. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi is about to visit South Korea. The two sides will have an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern.

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