Q: According to Hong Kong media reports, some hotels in Guangzhou have banned visitors from certain countries. Is there a security reason for this? Is this an order issued by the governme
nt in Beijing or is it something decided by the Guangzhou government on their own?
A: I wonder how is that come about. The Chinese government has no such kind of policy. Yesterday a Russian journalist raised a similar question concerning visa. I will give you the same answer as I gave her. First, we have never heard of such kind of policy being implemented in China. Second, the Chinese government encourages friendly exchanges between people from China and other countries and stands ready to make that more convenient.
Q: The G20 Hangzhou Summit is about to open in less than 10 days. Recently, there have been some comments on international media saying that China should take the G20 Hangzhou Summit as an opportunity to focus on the target of sustainable development and coordinate concepts with actions so as to guide forward sustainable development. Are there any particular moves that China's going to take in this regard?
A: As was noted by international media, one salient feature of the G20 Hangzhou Summit is that it prioritizes the issue of development. With the efforts of China, for the first time in the history of the G20 Summit, the issue of development is highlighted in the global framework of macro policy, and an action plan for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development will be adopted. The topic of inclusive and interconnected development will confront us directly with the issue of sustainable development, encouraging economies to pull together for common progress, industries to synergize for common interests, and different strata to share common prosperity. That is sure to be a bright spot of the Summit.
To be specific, we will push to adopt an action plan for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development, and coordinate collective actions with country actions. It means that while taking care of our own work, we shall support other developing countries in implementing the agenda and bolster UN's role as the major channel with concrete actions. We will initiate cooperation to support industrialization of African and the least developed countries, helping them speed up industrialization and realize poverty eradication and sustainable development. We will also talk about issues like agriculture, employment and inclusive business, and give our attention to women, youth and small farmers, so as to promote innovation and sustainable development of agriculture, increase employment with the regulation of macro policy and create more jobs through entrepreneurship.
We believe the G20 Hangzhou Summit will issue a strong signal on development, which will help implement the international consensus on development and inject new impetus to world economic growth.
Q: On August 11, a Greek cargo ship and a Chinese fishing boat collided near Diaoyu Dao. 8 Chinese crewmen remain missing. Can you update us on the search? Did China have any cooperation with Japan in the search?
A: Spokesperson's remarks in response to questions raised by relevant media were put on our website after the incident took place. In dealing with the incident, it is a must that the Chinese government go all out to search and rescue the missing crewmen. China and Japan did cooperate rather well in the process. The spokesperson expressed appreciation in the remarks. We will keep you informed of the latest development.
Q: The meeting of the non-alliance movement will be held in Venezuela from September 13 to 18. Do you have any idea yet whom China will send?
A: China is an observer of the non-alliance movement. We support the movement in playing a positive role in international affairs, especially some important multilateral agenda. As an observer, China will continue to follow the agenda of the meeting and cooperation to be discussed and conducted by the meeting. We will also continue to support the crucial role played by the movement in international affairs.
Q: According to reports by international economic and financial institutions, such as the WTO, from October 2015 to May 2016, G20 members rolled out as many as 145 trade-restricted measures, 20 measures per month on average. Comments say that with the resurgence of trade protectionism, it is hoped that the G20 Hangzhou Summit will make some breakthrough on the topic of trade. What is your comment on that?
A: Against the backdrop of a sluggish global economy, the world trade volume is showing alarming signs, which has raised concerns among countries, and also hindered our efforts to push for world economic recovery.
The Chinese side always believes that countries should stick together especially in hard times. That is also why the G20 Summit was created out of crisis. In fact, to fight against trade and investment protectionism and realize trade and investment growth is not only the concern of the public but also a focal point of each G20 Summit where consensus has been reached time and time again.
The G20 Hangzhou Summit will continue with its focus on the topic of "robust international trade and investment", stay committed to opposing trade and investment protectionism, and make effective use of WTO multilateral mechanism and bilateral economic communication mechanisms to increase mutual understanding and broaden consensus. The G20 trade ministers meeting, for the first time in history, issued a joint statement, showcasing the firm stance against trade protectionism shared by the top 20 economies of the world.
Given that global trade has been growing below 3% for five consecutive years, the Chinese side reached consensus with other parties on safeguarding an open and secure global trade system and striving for inclusive growth. The G20 Hangzhou Summit has not only the vision but also actions, including a Hangzhou action plan to help realize robust, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth of world economy.
Q: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on recent diplomatic occasions that he wants to meet with President Xi in Hangzhou. What does China think are the conditions for a leaders' meeting between China and Japan?
A: High-level engagement is in itself significant for the development of China-Japan relations. We do hope that the Japanese side will take necessary actions and create favorable conditions to that end. As for arrangements for bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the G20 Hangzhou Summit, as I already said, quite a few leaders have expressed the hope of holding talks or meeting with President Xi Jinping. We will let you know when the final arrangements are made.
Q: There are a lot of new buildings and security in Hangzhou. Everybody there seems to be in a good mood. How much has China, both on the national and provincial levels, spent on the preparations?
A: Hangzhou is a beautiful city. People in Hangzhou are very proud that their city will host such an important international conference as G20 Summit. At the press briefing held by the Foreign Ministry on August 15, the leading official from Hangzhou talked about efforts made by the municipal party committee, the government and, in particular, the people of Hangzhou to prepare for the Summit. These efforts may include some temporary measures you mentioned. In fact, any country, when hosting such a major multilateral or international event, will take some necessary temporary measures.
As for how much has the central or local government spent on that, the official from Hangzhou also gave a detailed answer. Hangzhou did not build any new facilities specially for the Summit, but just renovated some existing ones as needed. The official also said that expenditure on the Summit is open and transparent. The local government of Hangzhou will report to the municipal people's congress on that.
Follow-up: Then what is the exact number of money spent on the Summit?
A: As I said, it will be reported to the people's congress of Hangzhou first.
Q: We notice that a commemorative reception marking the 25th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue relations was held in Beijing yesterday. Will there be any other celebrations? China indicated earlier this year a commemorative summit together with ASEAN to celebrate the 25th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue relations. Do you have more information on that? What message does China try to convey through the commemorations?
A: This year marks the 25th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue relations. Bilateral relationship now comes to a new standing point embracing fresh opportunities of development. Yesterday State Councilor Yang Jiechi joined ASEAN ambassadors in China at the commemorative reception marking the 25th anniversary, which was held in a festive and amicable atmosphere. The two sides spoke highly of the achievement of China-ASEAN relations in the past 25 years, pledging to deepen political mutual trust, undergird pragmatic cooperation and bolster the development of bilateral relations.
Leaders' meetings on East Asia cooperation will kick off next month in Vientiane, Laos, including the 19th China-ASEAN Leaders' Meeting or the commemorative summit marking the 25th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue relations. China always gives priority to ASEAN in its neighborhood diplomacy, and supports the building of the ASEAN community and ASEAN centrality in regional cooperation. We are willing to work alongside ASEAN to make the commemorative summit in September a success and elevate China-ASEAN relations to a new high as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of dialogue relations.
Q: Colombia's government and its largest rebel group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a final peace deal on August 24 in Havana, marking the end of the nearly 4-year-long peace talks. How do you comment on that?
A: Peace and development is the common aspiration of all people. China congratulates the Colombian government on reaching the final peace accord with the FARC, and believes that the agreement will bring peace and hope to the Colombian people. China supports the peace process in Colombia, and wishes for peace and new development of Colombia at an early date.