Q: According to media reports, the presidential election in Uzbekistan was held successfully, and the initial voting result shows that sitting President Islam Karimov was re-elected. What is China's comment? Have you sent the message of congratulations? How do you see the development of China-Uzbekistan relations?
A: The presidential election in Uzbekistan was held successfully, and the initial voting result shows that President Karimov was re-elected. President Xi Jinping has sent a congratulatory message to President Karimov, and talked to President Karimov on the phone yesterday to send his congratulations.
China respects the choice made by the Uzbek people, and supports Uzbekistan in pursuing a development path that suits its own national realities. We believe that Uzbekistan can maintain political stability and economic development, and play a bigger role in international affairs.
China and Uzbekistan are strategic partners, and the China-Uzbekistan relationship has been developing soundly and rapidly with a good momentum. China is willing to work with Uzbekistan to implement the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries and move forward the bilateral relations.
Q: Kenya's Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission issued a report, detailing corruption allegations against some government officials with some cases involving certain Chinese-invested projects. What is China's response?
A: I am not aware of the specifics. The Chinese government always asks Chinese companies operating overseas to abide by the law, run their business within the rules and fulfill their due social responsibilities.
Q: Does China welcome Norway's decision to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)?
A: The AIIB is an open and inclusive multilateral development institution, and interested countries are welcome to join.
Q: The Japanese Foreign Ministry issued the draft Diplomatic Bluebook for 2015. It includes "deep remorse over the Second World War", and says that Japan and China are neighbor countries only separated by the sea and the two countries enjoy interwoven relations. It also mentions Chinese government vessels' sailing into the territorial waters of the Diaoyu Dao, accusing it as China's attempts to "unilaterally change the status quo". What is China's comment on this?
A: China and Japan are close neighbors, and it is in the fundamental interests of the two countries and the two peoples to maintain enduring, stable and sound development of the bilateral relations. It is China's consistent stance that the China-Japan strategic and mutually beneficial relationship should be pressed ahead following the four political documents between China and Japan and in the spirit of "learning from the history and looking forward to the future".
The history issue concerns the political basis of China-Japan relationship. We have been urging the Japanese side to correctly perceive and deal with its history of aggression, and win the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community with tangible actions.
The rights and wrongs behind the issue of Diaoyu Dao are clear for all to see. It is not others but Japan itself who stirs up troubles and changes the status quo with unilateral actions. China will firmly uphold the territorial sovereignty of the Diaoyu Dao, and stay committed to properly managing and solving the Diaoyu Dao issue through dialogue and consultation. It is hoped that the Japanese side can look squarely at the history and reality, and make constructive efforts to properly resolve the issue.
Q: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is optimistic about the Iranian nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland. Is China optimistic about the talks too? How will the comprehensive agreement affect China-Iran relations once it is reached?
A: Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a special trip to Switzerland for the Foreign Ministers' Meeting on the Iranian nuclear issue. When giving an interview with the Chinese media yesterday evening, Foreign Minister Wang Yi commended the progress achieved and proposed four points on the negotiation.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that this Foreign Ministers' Meeting is very productive. Acknowledging the important achievements made in the negotiation, all parties held comprehensive, repetitive and in-depth discussions on the outstanding problems. It is fair to say that the approach to solve the problems has been made clear, positions of all parties have been drawn closer to each other and notable progress has been scored on focal issues. All these bring us one step closer to the comprehensive agreement. The Chinese side puts forward a four-point proposal at this point when there are three months to go to finish the negotiation: First, political guidance should be upheld. Tons of technical issues are involved in the Iranian nuclear talks, and the final agreement itself should be made on professional grounds. But after all, the Iranian nuclear issue is an issue of political security, and therefore all parties should step up political guidance and make political decisions at a proper time. Second, all parties should meet each other halfway. Different parties have their own stances. In this final stage, success will be in our hand if we work towards the same goal, and a standstill will only lead us to failure. Third, a step-by-step and reciprocal process should be followed. It takes time to solve problems, and it should be done in a step-by-step and reciprocal way. All parties should assume due responsibilities and obligations. Fourth, a package solution should be pursued. Key focal issues that are yet to be solved are interconnected. All parties should think out of the box and consider a package solution to resolve them. All parties' core concerns must be accommodated and the UN Security Council's role in the negotiation is be crucial.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that over the past year, China has put forward many constructive proposals when the negotiation runs into difficulties and made positive mediation efforts through various channels. In this Foreign Ministers' Meeting, he also shared with all parties the approach to solve major differences, which we believe will contribute positively to reaching a comprehensive agreement.
We hope that all parties can make vigorous efforts without any letup, be constructive and flexible and make the final push for a comprehensive agreement.
China and Iran boast friendly and cooperative relationship, which is in the common interests of the two countries and also conducive to peace and development in the Middle East.
Q: What position does China hold on Taiwan's application for the AIIB membership?
A: The Spokesperson of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council has replied to Taiwan's application for the AIIB membership this morning. He said that the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council has received the letter of intent from Taiwan, and has forwarded it to the interim multilateral secretariat of the AIIB. The AIIB is open and inclusive, and we welcome Taiwan's participation under an appropriate name.