At the invitation of the government of Cabo Verde, Cui Li, Vice Minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, will attend celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the independence of Cabo Verde on July 5 as the special envoy of the Chinese government.
Q: It is reported that the P5+1 and Iran decided to extend the Iranian nuclear talks to July 7 so as to seek a long-term solution to the nuclear issue. Do you think it is possible to reach a comprehensive agreement before July 7?
A: The Iranian nuclear talks for a comprehensive agreement have come to the final pivotal stage, or the home stretch of a marathon as Foreign Minister Wang Yi put it. Firm resolve and utmost efforts are all the more important at such a time. As we have seen, all parties involved in the negotiation have displayed strong political willingness and are making positive efforts to seal the agreement. We hope that all parties would bear in mind the overall picture, make key political decisions, and strive for a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue at an early date. The Chinese side will continuously play a constructive role to that end.
Q: The Greek government failed to pay its debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and is now in default, becoming the first developed country that ever defaults on the IMF. Is China concerned that the Greek debt crisis may spin out of control?
A: Premier Li Keqiang is currently visiting Europe. He has enunciated the Chinese government’s views on the Greek debt issue on several occasions.
The Greek debt issue is an internal affair of Europe. Yet a eurozone with or without Greece bears on the stability of its own as well as global financial stability and economic recovery. China always stands for the integration process of Europe, and wishes to see a prosperous Europe, a united EU and a strong euro. It is hoped that international creditors and the Greek side would reach an agreement so that both Greece and the eurozone would go through this crisis as soon as possible. We’d like to see that Greece stays in the eurozone, and will continue to play a constructive role to this end.
Q: The US is said to officially announce an agreement with Cuba on resuming diplomatic relations and reopening embassies in each other’s countries today. How does China comment on this?
A: We have noted the report. China welcomes and supports the normalization of Cuba-US relations. Restoration of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba is in the common interests of the two countries and the two peoples. It is hoped that the US side would soon and completely remove all bans and sanctions on Cuba, and develop normal state-to-state relations with Cuba on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.
Q: According to media reports, an Indonesian airforce transport plane crashed on June 30, killing and injuring over 100 people. Is there any Chinese citizen among the dead and the injured?
A: We have noted the report. We feel deeply sorry for Indonesia hit by the tragic incident, extend condolences to all the victims and sympathies to their families. There has been no report about Chinese casualties.
Q: The NPC Standing Committee has ratified the proposal of establishing the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB). Please give us more details on that.
A: The 15th meeting of the 12th NPC Standing Committee approved the agreement on establishing the NDB on July 1.
The NDB is an important achievement of BRICS cooperation. The Chinese side looks forward to the early operation of the Bank, which will mobilize resources for the infrastructure building and sustainable development of emerging economies and developing countries and push for common development of the world.
According to the plan agreed by the five BRICS countries, the NDB will hold the first council meeting in Moscow, Russia on July 7, nominate members of the board and the inaugural leadership, lay down the rules of procedure for the council and the board, and discuss the 5-year development strategy of the Bank. It is learned that the management of the Bank will take office in Shanghai in the middle of this month.
India has appointed Mr. Kamath as the first governor of the Bank. We hope that Mr. Kamath would lead the team to carry out preparation work as soon as possible and get the Bank running. As the host country of the Bank, China will deliver support and convenience for the start of operation of the Bank, as well as for the work of Mr. Kamath and other management and staff in China.
Q: The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the BRICS NDB start operation simultaneously. What impact will the AIIB which includes 57 founding members have on the NDB? Is it true that the AIIB will be in a dominant role with the NDB at the backseat?
A: The AIIB is set up mainly to facilitate the investment and financing for economic development and infrastructure connectivity in Asia and bolster the sustainable development of the Asian economy. The building of the BRICS NDB is meant to support the infrastructure building and sustainable development projects in BRICS countries and other emerging markets and developing countries. It will supplement the existing multilateral and regional development banks in promoting infrastructure building and sustainable development, build a constructive platform for BRICS countries to participate in global economic governance, and make the BRICS countries more influential and vocal in international economic affairs.
There is no such thing as a dominant or backseat role played by the AIIB and the BRICS NDB. The two are rather complementing and reinforcing each other, and will make respective contribution to global growth and development.