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中国日报网 2018-03-08 17:25



Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi answers questions on China's foreign policy and external relations at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People's Congress in Beijing, March 8, 2018. [Photo by Kuang Linhua/China Daily]


Belt and Road Initiative follows international rules, market principles
“一带一路” 遵守国际规则和市场规律

The Belt and Road Initiative is a global public good that follows international rules. It is an international cooperation platform that follows market principles, Wang Yi said.

"It's a transparent initiative launched by China. It follows the golden rules of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits," Wang said, adding that the initiative aims to be equal footed, inclusive and universally beneficial.

"The planning and implementation of the initiative's projects have been discussed by the participants in the open. No country is dominating the process. All parties have an equal say. There is no backroom deal. Everything is transparent. There is no winner takes all. Every project delivers win-win results," Wang said.

A large number of projects carried out under the initiative are "adding needed momentum to the economic and social development of the host countries," Wang said.

"We sincerely ask for ideas from all parties so that together we will make a success of the Belt and Road Initiative," Wang said."Our goal is to not only strengthen physical interconnectivity of infrastructure, but also to improve institutional connectivity of policies, rules and standards."

The initiative's projects must be of high standards, high quality as well as results-oriented and economically viable that benefit not only China but the world, the foreign minister added.

'Sky is limit' for China-Russia cooperation

"The China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination is as stable as Mount Tai," Wang said.

"There is always room to make the relationship even better," said Wang.

The confidence comes from the strong trust and friendship between the heads of state of the two countries, which is fundamental to the further development of the bilateral relationship, he said.

It also comes from the deepening of cooperation in many fields, the firm support for each other's core interests, the close coordination in international affairs, and the growing exchanges between the two sides, said Wang.

The minister said China believes the Russian people will again make a right choice and advance steadily towards national revitalization.

"The Russian people are resilient, committed, and able to stand pressure," he said, extending best wishes for Russia and the Russian people.

China to promote Xiongan New Area to world

China will promote the Xiongan New Area to the world this year, Wang Yi said.

The office will play an active role in facilitating domestic development, telling China story and protecting China's overseas interest.

The foreign ministry will also contribute its efforts in poverty alleviation and contribute in reform and opening-up policy.

China's four major events in 2018

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi introduced the main highlights of four events to be held in China this year.

First, Boao Forum for Asia annual conference will take place in Hainan this April, and focus on reform and opening-up.

“In the 40th anniversary of the reform and opening-up, we will review China’s successful experience and sketch new possibilities for reform and opening-up in the new era,”
Wang said.

Second, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit will take place in Qingdao this June, and focus on revitalizing the Shanghai Spirit.

The expanded SCO will rededicate itself to the Shanghai Spirit to the mutual trust and benefit, equal and consultation, respect for diversity of civilizations and pursuit of common development. “The summit will set the SCO on the new journey of consolidation and growth,” he added.

Third, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit will take place in Beijing this September, and focus on the Belt and Road Initiative.

“(It will be) a great opportunity for our African brothers and sisters to participate fully in the BRI, the summit will give new impetus to the China-African comprehensive strategic partnership,” the minister said.

Fourth, the First China International Import Expo will take place in Shanghai this November, and focus on further market opening.

“China will embrace the world with open arm, and enormous market potential. All will be welcomed to access and benefit from the new opportunity of China’s development,” he said.

China takes three-point approach to help settle regional flashpoints


China takes a peaceful, justifiable and constructive approach to help settle regional flashpoints, Wang Yi said.

China has no need or intention to displace US

China itself has a long way to go to realize modernization and it has no need or intention to displace the United States, Wang Yi said.

"Some Americans allege that China will replace America's role in the world. This conclusion is fundamentally wrong," Wang said.

Despite elements of competition, China-US ties are defined more by partnership, not rivalry, he said.

Xi is chief architect of China's diplomacy

He said that President Xi Jinping works as the chief architect of China's diplomacy and is involved in planning and conducting head of state diplomacy.

"As the highest form of state-to-state interaction, head of state diplomacy has a pivotal and irreplaceable strategic value,” Wang said.

Xi has visited 57 countries and received more than 110 foreign heads of state as of now, which not only deepened the world's understanding of China, enhanced China's profile and influence and facilitated the solution to many global problems, Wang said.

Xi’s leadership and charisma has earned himself and China many friends in a diverse range of culture background and social system.

Xi will host the four major events in China this year, and will participate in the BRICS Summit in South Africa, APEC Meeting in Papua New Guinea and the G20 Summit in Argentina, he said.

"We believe that his personal diplomacy will make positive and responsible contribution for the welfare of people , the interests of China and the wellbeing of world, and write a new chapter for major country's diplomacy,” he said.

China urges US, DPRK to conduct dialogue as soon as possible

China urges the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to make contact and conduct dialogue as soon as possible, Wang Yi said.

The recent easing of tensions on the peninsula after Pyongyang and Seoul engaged in a series of interaction over the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is welcomed, Wang said, adding that China fully supports the efforts by the DPRK and the Republic of Korea to improve ties.

The fact that during the Winter Games, the DPRK did not conduct any nuclear test, and the US and the ROK suspended their joint exercises prove China's proposal of a suspension-for-suspension was the right prescription for the problem, and created basic conditions for the improvement of inter-Korean relations, the foreign minister said.

"History has reminded us time and again that whenever tension in the peninsula subsided, the situation would be clouded by various interferences," Wang said, urging all parties to demonstrate political courage and make a political decision to carry out all necessary engagement, bilateral and multilateral, to restart dialogue for a peaceful settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

Time for 'China threat theory' laid to rest

It is time the "China threat theory" was laid to rest, Wang Yi said.

Those who do not have bias or practice double standards will see in China not a threat, but plenty of opportunities, Wang said.

"As China grows, the 'China collapse theory' has collapsed and become an international laughing stock. Meanwhile, the 'China threat theory' with its various sensational versions is losing market," he said.

China committed to South China Sea peace, stability

China has strong resolve and deep commitment to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, Wang Yi said.

"China's position is firm and consistent," Wang said.

China follows a responsible approach to the South China Sea issue, taking into account interests of the Chinese people, historical facts, regional peace and the international rule of law, he said.

China to upgrade strategic partnership with ASEAN

China will continue to put the cooperation with ASEAN high on its agenda of international cooperation this year, he said. China looks to upgrade the strategic partnership and build a closer community of shared future with ASEAN, Wang Yi said.

Stronger China-EU relations

Wang said that he hopes the China-EU relations will be as strong at the end of the year as they were at the start of the year.

"China and EU share the responsibility to safeguard the global free trade system and negotiation needs to be speeded up to conclude a China-EU investment agreement," he said.

"There are some disagreements between China and the EU, but both sides have realized the need to put themselves in the each other's shoes and to be more open, tolerant and understanding of one another," he said.

Japan urged to see China as partner, not threat

Wang Yi said that Japan should earnestly implement the political understanding that "China and Japan see each other as partners, not threats".

China is willing to work with Japan to restore the relationship to healthy and steady growth, as long as Japan "does not prevaricate, flip-flop or backpedal and instead accepts and welcomes China's development," Wang said.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship.

"Never forget why you started, and you can accomplish your mission. At this important juncture, we ask Japan to have political credibility and act accordingly to cement the political foundation of its relations with China," Wang said.


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