Original title: Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian hosted a regular press conference on April 7, 2020.
Global Times reporter: According to reports, the United States website of the British version of the “bystander” magazine reported on the 5th that Italy once donated anti-epidemic materials to China. Now China Let them buy it back. After investigation by Italian journalists, this news was fake news. The author of the article, through hearsay and unverifiable third-hand news, threw out the statement that “China forced Italy to buy back donated materials”. What is China’s comment?
Zhao Lijian: China and Italy are friendly countries and important cooperation partners. At a difficult time for China to fight against the new coronary pneumonia epidemic, Italy expressed its support to China through various means. Since the outbreak of the Italian epidemic, we have paid close attention to it and urgent people have tried their best to provide assistance to Italy. In addition to assistance from the Chinese government, Chinese local provinces, cities, Chinese-funded enterprises and individuals also provided a large number of masks, protective clothing, ventilators, testing reagents and other urgently needed anti-epidemic materials. At the same time, we also actively coordinated according to the Italian requirements to provide To facilitate the procurement of medical materials in China. China has also sent three groups of medical experts to Italy to share their experiences and practices. China’s help reflects the meaning of friends in desperation and affection. We sincerely hope that Italy will control the epidemic as soon as possible and the health of the people will be protected. Any falsification that happens out of nothing will only prevent interference with epidemic cooperation and is inhumane and immoral.
Hong Kong China Commentary reporter: According to reports, US lawmakers said in an interview recently that during a call between Chinese and French leaders, China stated that if France uses Huawei equipment to build a 5G network, China is willing to provide a mask. The congressman also said that this is the case with China, and the whole world should recognize the essence of China. what opinions do the Chinese have on this issue?
Zhao Lijian: I do n’t know what basis this American congressman has. His remarks prove once again that in order to undermine international anti-epidemic cooperation and China ’s relations with France and other countries, individual American politicians spare no effort to fabricate lies and spread false news.
What I can tell you is that since the outbreak of the New Coronary Pneumonia epidemic, the heads of state of China and France have called three times, reflecting the high level of mutual trust and high level of Sino-French relations. Under the strategic guidance of the two heads of state, China and France have carried out close cooperation on fighting the epidemic. Out of bilateral friendly and humanitarian spirit, China has provided France with a batch of medical and anti-epidemic materials and facilitated the French procurement of medical and anti-epidemic materials in China. China has never set any conditions for this.
Surging News Reporter: According to reports, New York Governor Como reported on Twitter on the 4th that the Chinese government helped facilitate the delivery of the donated 1,000 ventilators on the same day. Consul General Yellow Screen. Como also thanked China for its cooperation at the press conference, saying the matter was of great significance to the state. What’s China’s response?
Zhao Lijian: China has taken note of relevant reports. Recently, President Xi Jinping pointed out in a telephone conversation with President Trump that China and the United States should strengthen cooperation in the field of anti-epidemic disease and overcome difficulties together. At the beginning of the outbreak of the Chinese epidemic, all sectors of the United States and many places gave China a lot of assistance. At present, we are concerned about the development of the epidemic in the United States and sincerely hope that the United States will control the spread of the epidemic as soon as possible and reduce the losses caused by the epidemic to the American people. Some Chinese provinces and cities, non-governmental friendship groups, institutions and enterprises have provided medical supplies to the US. China understands the current difficult situation of the United States and is willing to continue to provide support within its ability.
Reuters reporter: First, the British charity Jubilee Debt Campaign and more than 140 organizations jointly launched an appeal urging the G20 to reduce debt for the poorest countries, including African countries. China is a member of the G20. Will it reduce or cancel the debts of the countries concerned? Second, the Ghanaian finance minister said he believes that China will make greater efforts to reduce its debts. Does China have any specific plans for debt relief for African countries?
Zhao Lijian: For a long time, China has insisted on developing financial cooperation with other developing countries in accordance with the principles of equal consultation, mutual benefit, and common development. The purpose is to help developing countries accelerate development and promote the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For countries that have difficulty in paying debts, China never presses debts, but resolves through bilateral channels through consultations.
At present, the epidemic of New Coronary Pneumonia is raging around the world, and developing countries, especially low-income countries, are facing greater challenges. China attaches great importance to this. We are willing to maintain communication with relevant countries through bilateral channels. We also expect G20 members to work together to implement the relevant results of the G20 Leaders ’Special Summit and help low-income countries to properly handle debt risk issues.
Regarding your second question, I believe that China will negotiate with the relevant countries through diplomatic communication to resolve their difficulties.
Shenzhen Satellite TV reporter: On April 2, the UN General Assembly passed the draft resolution on “Global Solidarity Against New Coronary Pneumonia” proposed by Singapore, Ghana and Indonesia. China and 188 countries participated in the joint proposal. What is China’s comment?
Zhao Lijian: China welcomes the UN General Assembly ’s unanimous adoption of the resolution of “Global Solidarity to Fight New Coronary Pneumonia”. More than 180 countries, including China, participated in the joint proposal, reflecting the consensus and determination of the international community to strengthen solidarity and cooperation and fight the epidemic together. The resolution reaffirms the commitment to international cooperation and multilateralism, supports the central role of the United Nations system in responding to the epidemic, calls on countries to follow the guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization, strengthen the sharing of information and useful experience, and emphasizes that intolerance of any form of discrimination, racism and Xenophobia, etc. These are highly consistent with China’s consistent position and position.
The epidemic is the common enemy of all mankind. The world is closely connected, and the destinies of all countries are in common. China is willing to work with the international community to strengthen confidence, work together, and respond in unity, comprehensively strengthen international cooperation, join hands to win this human struggle against major infectious diseases, and advance the building of a community of shared future for mankind.
Agence France-Presse reporter: First, according to reports, US State Department spokesperson Ortegas issued a statement on the 6th saying that he expressed serious concern about the report of the Chinese sinking into a Vietnamese fishing boat and asked China not to use the new coronary pneumonia epidemic to strengthen its “Illegal claim”. The statement also mentioned that China has opened a new “research center” on Yongshu Jiao and Zhubi Jiao and the 2016 South China Sea arbitration case. What’s China’s response? Second, in response to the Brazilian Minister of Education’s statement that China will “rule the world” through the epidemic, China has asked Brazil to formally clarify. Does China receive a reply from Pakistan?
Zhao Lijian: Your first question is about the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat in the Xisha Islands of China recently. My colleague has introduced the relevant situation a few days ago and clarified China ’s position. I will not repeat it here.
The Nansha Islands are Chinese territory. It is completely within the sovereignty of China to carry out relevant activities in its own territory and is legitimate. Recently, the Yongshu Station and Zhubi Station of the Island and Reef Comprehensive Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have been officially opened, which is conducive to strengthening the monitoring and research on the vegetation ecology, geological environment, marine ecology and other aspects of the Nansha island reef, as well as to the regional countries and the international community. Provide more public goods.
The Chinese government has solemnly stated on many occasions that the South China Sea arbitration case and its so-called awards are illegal and invalid, and China does not accept or participate in arbitration, nor does it accept or recognize the so-called awards. This position of China is in accordance with international law.
At present, the world is in a critical period of joint efforts to fight against the epidemic. While actively preventing and controlling domestic epidemic situations, China has done its utmost to support and help other countries in need to fight the epidemic situation, and has been widely praised by the international community. In this situation, the United States not only sent warships and aircraft to stir troubles in the South China Sea frequently, infringing on China’s sovereignty and security, but also used relevant maritime events to trick the right and wrong, misinterpreting the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and attempting to deny China’s legal claims and artificially create problems. China urges the United States to stop linking the epidemic situation with maritime issues and do more things that will help the United States and the global epidemic prevention and control, rather than the other way around.
Regarding your second question, the New Coronary Pneumonia Epidemic is a sudden encounter and blockade. China is making every effort to protect the safety and health of the Chinese people. At the same time, we are sharing the information and prevention experience with the international community. The relevant countries and international organizations in the country provide assistance within their ability. Viruses have no national boundaries, regardless of race, and are the common enemy of mankind. The most urgent task now is for all countries to cooperate in the fight against the epidemic and strive to overcome the epidemic as soon as possible. We oppose the stigmatization of China by anyone and the stigmatization of anyone against China.
China Daily reporter: We noticed that on the 5th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs released the news that the Chinese government sent an anti-epidemic medical expert group to the Philippines. Can you tell us more about the situation?
Zhao Lijian: To help the Philippines cope with the new Coronary Pneumonia epidemic, the Chinese government decided to send a team of anti-epidemic medical experts to the Philippines. The group of experts consisted of 12 people, formed by the Chinese National Health Commission and selected by the Fujian Provincial Health Commission. They arrived in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, on the afternoon of April 5. While in the Philippines, the expert group will mainly work in the Manila region where the epidemic is serious, focusing on exchanging experience and practices in the epidemic prevention and control, public health policy, medical treatment and other aspects with the Philippine frontline medical staff. I believe they will help the Philippines to improve the epidemic prevention The ability of control and diagnosis and treatment enhances the confidence to overcome the epidemic.
There is a proverb in the Philippines called “Single leaf cannot be a broom. The Philippines is China’s friendly neighbor, and the people of the two countries have always watched and helped each other in the face of disasters. At the most difficult time for China to fight the epidemic, the Philippine government and all sectors of society gave China valuable support and assistance. The Chinese side also pays close attention to the development of the Philippine domestic epidemic situation, is concerned about the health and safety of the Philippine people, has provided the Philippines with anti-epidemic medical supplies, and held a remote video conference of medical experts to express its willingness and determination to work together with the Philippines to overcome difficulties. China is willing to continue to share anti-epidemic information and experience with the Philippines without reservation, and provide support and assistance to the best of its ability according to the needs of the Philippines.
China will always uphold the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind. While continuing to do a good job in domestic prevention and control, it will actively strengthen international and regional cooperation in combating the epidemic with countries including the Philippines until it wins the final victory in fighting the epidemic globally.
Swedish TV reporter: At present, China has suspended the entry of foreigners with valid Chinese visas and residence permits. How long do foreigners holding Chinese residence permits have to wait before returning to China?
Zhao Lijian: The current epidemic situation is still developing and changing. China will adjust relevant policies according to the development situation of the epidemic situation. I suggest you continue to pay attention to the relevant news released by the Chinese government. Currently, I have no more to add.
South China Morning Post reporter: First, will this year be held between China and Central and Eastern European leaders? Will the meeting be cancelled because of the epidemic? Second, Qihoo 360 released a report saying that a hacker organization with links to South Korea has recently launched cyber attacks on multiple Chinese departments. Is this true and does China have relevant information?
Zhao Lijian: Regarding your first question, the 2020 China-CEEE summit meeting was postponed due to the epidemic situation. Regarding the time of the meeting, China will maintain communication with relevant parties.
Regarding the second question, I haven’t seen the relevant news yet. I will give you feedback after I understand it.
China News Agency reporter: According to reports, the “Group of 77 and China” issued a statement on the outbreak of the New Coronary Pneumonia on the 3rd, calling on the international community to work together to reduce the impact of the outbreak. What are the specific considerations and significance of issuing this statement?
Zhao Lijian: “The Group of 77 and China” is the largest and most influential political group of developing countries in the United Nations. Faced with the severe challenges of the new coronary pneumonia epidemic, the “Group of 77 and China” issued a statement calling on the international community to unite to deal with the epidemic, implement the 2030 sustainable development agenda, maintain global financial market and supply chain stability, reduce tariffs, remove barriers, and promote trade Smooth, promote the recovery of the world economy, and cancel unilateral mandatory economic sanctions. The statement firmly opposes discrimination or stigmatization against any country, nation and individual, and calls on all countries to work together to mitigate the impact of the epidemic and jointly build a community of shared future for mankind.
The statement sent a positive signal of solidarity and cooperation in responding to the epidemic, helping to promote the international community ’s attention to the difficulties of developing countries in the epidemic, increasing support for developing countries ’materials, technology and capacity building, and promoting the implementation of sustainable development in 2030 Agenda to safeguard multilateralism and the interests of developing countries. The epidemic has no borders. China is willing to continue to work together with all parties to meet the challenges of the epidemic, contribute to the early victory of the epidemic, and to build a community of shared future for mankind. We will also continue to provide assistance within our capacity to developing countries with severe epidemics within the framework of South-South cooperation.
Xinhua News Agency reporter: Some media commented that since China tightened the immigration control measures for foreigners in order to prevent the entry of the epidemic, there have been reports of foreigners complaining of discrimination in China, saying that China’s xenophobia has increased. What’s your opinion?
Zhao Lijian: On this issue, I would like to respond to three points:
First, China always attaches great importance to the safety and health of foreign citizens in China, and protects their legitimate rights and interests according to law. The virus is sentimental. Since the outbreak, Chinese departments and local governments have done their utmost to protect their living, epidemic prevention, and medical needs, and treat foreign citizens infected with new crown pneumonia in China without delay. The vast majority of foreign citizens in China highly appreciate the efforts and results of the Chinese people’s unity in fighting the epidemic, express heartfelt thanks to China for their care and attention, and fully cooperate with China’s epidemic prevention and control measures. Many foreign friends volunteered and volunteered to join the Chinese team to fight the epidemic, leaving behind a moving story of Chinese and foreign friends working together to overcome difficulties.
Second, China opposes all forms of discrimination and prejudice. According to the development of the epidemic situation, China will dynamically adjust the inspection, quarantine, prevention and control measures for foreigners coming to China after entering the country. These measures are temporary measures that China has to take in order to respond to the current epidemic and refer to the practices of many countries. In doing so, China is responsible to both the Chinese people and foreign citizens. We always treat foreign citizens and citizens of our country equally and implement corresponding measures without distinction, taking full account of the reasonable concerns of the parties and respecting their religion and customs. We have not added additional anti-epidemic measures because of who is a foreign citizen. Of course, we will not reduce or relax the relevant epidemic prevention regulations because of who is a foreign citizen.
Third, all foreigners in China should strictly abide by the relevant laws of the People ’s Republic of China on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases and other relevant laws and regulations on the prevention and control of epidemic situations in various places. We hope that foreign citizens in China can continue to fully understand and actively cooperate with the prevention and control measures taken by China, jointly prevent the risks brought by the epidemic, maintain the health and safety of themselves and others, and make their own contributions to finally defeat the epidemic.
After the meeting, on the questions raised by the reporter of “South China Morning Post”, Zhao Lijian said:
China is a big country on the Internet, and it is also the hardest hit by cyber attacks. The Chinese government has always resolutely opposed and cracked down on any form of cyber attacks and will take necessary measures to maintain its cyber security. At the same time, I also want to emphasize that cyberspace is a community of destiny between you and me. You need all parties to strengthen cooperation and jointly maintain the security of cyberspace.