At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of the Republic of Argentina will pay a state visit to China from February 3 to 5.
During President Cristina's visit to China, President Xi Jinping will hold a welcome ceremony and banquet for her, and hold talks with her. They will bear witness to the signing of cooperation documents. Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman Zhang Dejiang will meet with her on separate occasions. During President Xi Jinping's successful state visit to Argentina last July, he joined President Cristina to upgrade China-Argentina relations to the comprehensive strategic partnership, representing a new stage of development for the bilateral relations. The Chinese side attaches great importance to its relationship with Argentina and stands ready to take President Cristina's visit as an opportunity to promote mutually beneficial and friendly cooperation between the two countries in various fields and enrich the contents of China-Argentina comprehensive strategic partnership.
Q: EU foreign ministers agreed to extend a set of sanctions against Russia to September and add more names to the sanctions list. The US is also mulling new sanctions against Russia. What is China's comment on that?
A: The Chinese side has elaborated on numerous occasions its long-standing position of opposing the threat and use of sanctions. It is believed that dialogue and negotiation is the only possible approach to a political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. All parties concerned should exercise restraint, stay level-headed, step up dialogue and negotiation, and make utmost efforts to fundamentally resolve the crisis.
Q: Admiral Robert Thomas, Commander of the Seventh Fleet of the US navy welcomed a move by Japan to extend air patrols into the South China Sea as a counterweight to a growing fleet of Chinese vessels. He said that allies, partners and friends in the region will look to the Japanese more and more as a stabilizing function, and that operations by Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces in the South China Sea make sense in the future. How does China response?
A: The situation in the South China Sea is stable. China maintains good-neighborly and friendly relations with ASEAN countries. We are willing to and able to jointly uphold peace and stability of the South China Sea. Countries outside the region should respect the endeavor of countries in the region to safeguard peace and stability, and refrain from sowing discord among other countries and creating tensions.
Q: Last night, the northern part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula was hit by terrorist attacks, leaving dozens dead and hundreds injured. What is China's comment on that?
A: The Chinese side opposes and condemns any terrorist attack, and expresses its condolences to the families of the victims and the injured. As a friend of Egypt, the Chinese side hopes that Egypt would restore security and stability as soon as possible.
Q: US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim has arrived in Beijing and held talks with Wu Dawei, the Special Representative of the Chinese government for Korean Peninsula Affairs. Please give us more details. We have recently seen frequent contact and dialogues between negotiators to the Six-Party Talks. What is China's comment on that?
A: I do not have at hand details concerning Mr. Sung Kim's visit to China.
It serves the common interests of all parties and calls for the dedication and sense of responsibility of all parties to forge ahead with the Six-Party Talks and properly resolve the Korean nuclear issue through dialogue and consultation. Under the current circumstances, all relevant parties should leverage their wisdom, work together with a flexible and practical attitude and create conditions for an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks. The Chinese side is willing to stay in close communication with all the other parties on that.
Q: A deputy minister in charge of shipping in Greece said that the new government of Greece respects the deal clinched with Cosco and is serious about fulfilling its obligations provided under the contract. What is China's comment on that?
A: We have noted the relevant report and commend the relevant statement by the new Greek government on the Cosco project at the Piraeus Port. The project has become a good example of mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation between China and Greece, propelling the all-round and in-depth growth of bilateral economic cooperation and trade. The Chinese side respects the relevant decision by the Greek side and hopes to see the existing bilateral agreement be upheld and implemented. The Chinese side hopes and believes that the Greek government would honor its commitment, stay committed to enhancing communication and cooperation with the Chinese side on the Cosco project at the Piraeus Port and work together to build the port a first-class one.
Q: The contact group on Ukraine will meet in Minsk on January 30 for talks aimed at ending the crisis in east Ukraine. What is China's comment on that?
A: The Chinese side welcomes and supports efforts by all relevant parties for the political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, and hopes that the armed conflict in east Ukraine can stop immediately, and that a comprehensive, balanced and enduring political settlement based on the accommodation of each other's legitimate interests and concerns can be reached soon through dialogue and consultation.
Q: Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said after the retreat of ASEAN foreign ministers that the foreign ministers have reaffirmed their commitment to a full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and an early conclusion of the code of conduct in the South China Sea (COC). What is China's comment on that?
A: China and ASEAN countries are working for a full and effective implementation of the DOC and steady progress of the consultation on the COC. Thanks to the concerted efforts of all parties, the COC consultation has made headway, with all parties consenting to an early conclusion of the COC based on consensus and arriving at an important agreement on the early harvest. The formulation of the COC is a part of the efforts to fully and effectively implement the DOC. The Chinese side hopes that all parties would step up cooperation, build up mutual trust and create favorable conditions for the consultation on the COC under the framework of the DOC.