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WANG YI TALKS ABOUT SYRIAN SITUATION: SEEKING A NEW WAY OUT IN THE TANGLED WEB

On October 31, 2016, when jointly meeting the press after holding talks with Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France, Foreign Minister Wang Yi introduced China’s position and views on the Syrian situation upon inquiry.

Wang Yi said that the recent Syrian situation is worrisome. Intervention of various forces and complicated contradictions have driven the situation into a tangled web that is hard to unravel. All parties should reconsider and seek a new way out in the tangled web.

Wang Yi pointed out that at present, the political settlement of the Syrian issue faces three tasks, namely peace talks, anti-terrorism and refugees, which have intertwined with and affected each other. In order to break the deadlock and find a new way out, we should concentrate on solving the most pressing issue and identify the greatest common divisor for more substantial international cooperation.

China believes that it is imperative to fight against terrorism and restore stability in the Middle East, which is the fundamental solution to the spread of humanitarian crisis and the shared goal acceptable to all parties at present. We hope that all parties can reach a broader consensus in this regard and carry out more effective international counter-terrorism cooperation.

Second, it is the fundamental direction to adhere to political settlement. This is the established rule laid down in UN resolutions and must be upheld without any second thoughts. That is to say, the starting point of all actions taken by various parties on the Syrian issue should be conducive to, rather than hinder the political settlement of the Syrian issue.

Third, it is the right way for the UN to play a leading role. The UN not only has the full legitimacy and authority to serve as a main mediation channel, but also can coordinate the positions and synergize consensus of all parties in a more effective way. China supports the UN to play a greater role in the political settlement of the Syrian issue.

Wang Yi noted that all parties hold different views on the arrangement of Syrian leaders and other tough issues. China advocates finding a proper solution through consultations among various parties in accordance with the Syrian-led and Syrian-owned principle during the process of promoting the political settlement roadmap laid out in the UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

WANG YI TALKS ABOUT PALESTINIAN ISSUE: SUPPORT THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION AND CALL FOR RESUMING PALESTINE-ISRAEL PEACE TALKS

On October 31, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met the press with Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France after their talks in Beijing, during which he introduced China’s position and views on Palestinian issue upon inquiry.

Wang Yi said that Palestinian issue is a wound of human consciousness. Today, when we turn our eyes upon Syria and Libya, we should bear in mind that Palestinian issue is the earliest hotspot issue in the Middle East and it has remained unsolved for 70 years. When we extend our hands to refugees around the world, we should not forget Palestinian refugees were among the first refugees in the Middle East, and they have been suffering from conflicts and poverty for the past 70 years.

Wang Yi said that Palestinian issue marks the core of Middle East issue, and if this problem remains unsolved, there will be no peace in the Middle East and even in the world. Firmly upholding the “two-state solution”, China thinks Palestine should be given the right to peacefully found a nation. China opposes any new settlement built in the occupied territory, and suggests that possibility should be created to the resumption of talks, not the other way around. China stands for the Arab countries and the League of Arab States to play a more active role, including promoting internal reconciliation and solidarity in Palestine. China expects the United Nations to more actively carry out mediation efforts and to strengthen its political settlement. As a sincere friend of the Arab brothers, China has been trying to promote peace talks in its own way. China now is in the process of communicating with the countries concerned and plans to convene a seminar for the peace lovers in Palestine and Israel in the near future, so as to inject positive energy in motivating the resumption of talks and advancing the peace process.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

WANG YI TALKS ABOUT CHINA’S INVESTMENT ENVIRONMENT: INCREASING OPENNESS WILL BE AN INEVITABLE TREND

On October 31, 2016, when jointly meeting the press with Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France in Beijing, Foreign Minister Wang Yi responded upon inquiry to some groundless comments on the investment environment of China and overseas investment of Chinese enterprises.

Wang Yi said that in recent years, two-way investment of China and other countries has achieved rapid development, which is a healthy way for China to conduct mutually beneficial cooperation with other countries. As for China’s overseas investment, the Chinese government encourages competent Chinese enterprises to invest in and cooperate with countries that have interest in attracting Chinese investment in accordance with market principles and business specifications. When it comes to foreign investment, Chinese enterprises always abide by local laws and regulations, as well as respect cultural practices and customs of the local people. Their foreign investment will continue to achieve sound development and reap more mutually beneficial and win-win results. In regard to foreign investment in China, it is very clear that China always welcomes foreign enterprises to invest and develop business in China. This is an established policy of China and is also in line with the trend of economic globalization.

Wang Yi pointed out that China is still a developing country. It is not scientific and comparable to simply evaluate and measure the investment environment of developing countries with the standard of highly developed countries. However, the Chinese market, as one of the most widely open developing economies, obviously ranks high in terms of the pace and range of openness compared horizontally with other developing countries. More importantly, with further development, China’s door of opening up will be much wider to the outside world and its investment environment will be better and better, which is a completely predictable and inevitable trend.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

ZHANG DEJIANG MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER CHARLES MICHEL OF BELGIUM

On October 31, 2016, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Zhang Dejiang met at the Great Hall of the People with Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium.

Zhang Dejiang said that China-Belgium relations maintain an increasingly stronger development momentum in recent years. In particular, the mutual visits of President Xi Jinping and King Philippe of Belgium have pinpointed a new positioning of China-Belgium all-round friendly cooperative partnership. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of China-Belgium diplomatic relationship. The NPC stands ready to work with the Belgian Federal Parliament to further strengthen exchanges and cooperation, well implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state, enhance dialogues on issues such as democracy, the rule of law, society, livelihood and ecological protection, accelerate the ratification process and early entry into force of judiciary-related cooperation agreements, and create a good policy and legal environment for bilateral economic and trade cooperation as well as enterprise investment, so as to inject new impetus into the development of China-Belgium relations and advance the development of China-EU relations.

Charles Michel expressed that this visit will help both countries to enhance trust and friendship. Belgium is willing to further deepen cooperation in politics, diplomacy, economy and culture with China.

Zhang Ping attended the meeting.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

WANG YI HOLDS TALKS WITH FOREIGN MINISTER JEAN-MARC AYRAULT OF FRANCE

On October 31, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks in Beijing with visiting Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France.

Wang Yi noted that China-France relations maintain a good momentum at present. Both sides enjoy frequent high-level exchanges, continuing highlights in practical cooperation and great headway in such major programs as energy, aviation and ecology. The two countries are deepening people-to-people and cultural exchanges, carrying out sound cooperation in global governance, and maintaining communication and coordination in international and regional hotspot issues. President Xi Jinping held a successful meeting with President Francois Hollande during the G20 Hangzhou Summit, which injects new vitality into the development of China-France relations. Both sides should well implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, strengthen communication and work together to push for the healthy and stable development of China-France relations, and add new connotations to China-France comprehensive strategic partnership. China supports the European integration process and stands ready to work with the EU to deepen the development of China-EU relations.

Jean-Marc Ayrault stated that France-China relations maintain high-level development and both sides cooperate in extensive areas with fruitful achievements. France welcomes Chinese enterprises to make investment in France. As both sides will respectively address important domestic political agendas next year, the two countries should strengthen strategic communication to ensure policy continuity. France is fully confident in the future of bilateral relations and will continue to promote the in-depth development of France-China comprehensive strategic partnership. Wang Yi agreed with Jean-Marc Ayrault’s positive comments on China-France relations. He introduced to the French side the important decisions and major achievements made in the 6th plenary session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee. Wang Yi also expressed China’s willingness to enhance strategic mutual trust and deepen strategic cooperation with France so as to propel China-France relations to a new height.

Wang Yi and Jean-Marc Ayrault have reached extensive consensus on China-France relations and practical cooperation in the next stage.

Both sides agreed to maintain high-quality high-level exchanges, well hold bilateral institutional dialogues, carry forward traditional friendship, respect and support each other, and accommodate each other’s core interests and major concern, for the sake of better and faster development of China-France relations.

Both sides agreed to comprehensively deepen and expand practical economic and trade cooperation, and focus on cooperation in major programs and key areas. Both sides are committed to deepening cooperation in the whole industry chain of nuclear energy, strengthening cooperation in trade, investment, and finance, pushing forward third-party market cooperation and local cooperation in a solid way, forging ahead the “Belt and Road” construction, and tapping greater room and potential for mutually beneficial cooperation.

Both sides agreed to actively carry out people-to-people and cultural exchanges so as to lay a solid public opinion foundation for China-France relations. Both sides will well implement cooperation projects in education, technology, culture, health, sports, tourism and other areas, further improve the level of convenience for personnel exchanges, and advance communication between people of the two countries, young people in particular.

Both sides agreed to maintain communication and coordination in international affairs, play a leading role in issues including climate change and global economic governance, push forward the effective and comprehensive implementation of the Paris Agreement and achievements made in the G20 Hangzhou Summit and continue to play a positive role in the peaceful settlement of international and regional hotspot issues.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional hotspot issues of common concern, including the Syrian issue, the Palestine-Israel issue and the Korean Peninsula situation.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

THE 3RD CHINA-US COUNTER-TERRORISM CONSULTATION AT VICE-FOREIGN MINISTERIAL LEVEL HELD IN WASHINGTON D.C.

On October 25, 2016, Assistant Foreign Minister Li Huilai led a cross-sectoral delegation to co-chair the 3rd China-US Counter-terrorism Consultation at Vice-Foreign Ministerial Level with Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the Department of State Justin Siberell of the US in Washington D.C., the capital of the US. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on international and regional anti-terrorism situations, bilateral and multilateral anti-terrorism cooperation and other topics, reaching a host of consensus. The second seminar on the fight of China and the US against improvised explosive devices (IED) was held at the same time, during which both sides mainly exchanged respective experience and practices in IED management and control.

On the same day, Assistant Foreign Minister Li Huilai met with White House National Security Council Senior Director for Asian Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink at the White House. Both sides exchanged views on China-US relations and other topics.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EUROPEAN-CENTRAL ASIAN AFFAIRS OF THE FOREIGN MINISTRY GUI CONGYOU ATTENDS RELEASE CEREMONY OF COLLECTION OF CHINESE AND RUSSIAN POEMS TITLED THE BOND OF POETRY

On October 31, 2016, Director-General of the Department of European-Central Asian Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Gui Congyou upon invitation attended and addressed the release ceremony of the collection of Chinese and Russian poems titled The Bond of Poetry held by the Russian Embassy in China. The collection was prefaced by Foreign Ministers of both countries. Gui Congyou said that it is hoped that the two countries would continue to publish more and better co-authored literary works to achieve better people-to-people and cultural cooperation between China and Russia.

Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov delivered a speech first. He said that the publication of the poem collection will be conducive to strengthening Russia-China people-to-people and cultural cooperation, enhancing communication between diplomats of both countries, and creating more opportunities for both Russian and Chinese literature enthusiasts to learn classical literary masterpieces of the two countries.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

CHINA AND INDIA HOLD CONSULTATION ON ARMS CONTROL IN BEIJING

On October 31, 2016, Director-General of the Department of Arms Control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wang Qun and Joint Secretary of Disarmament and International Security Affairs Division of the Ministry of External Affairs Amandeep Singh Gill of India held a consultation on arms control in Beijing. Both sides exchanged views on the constructiveness and substantiality of arms control issues of common concern, including expanding membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group, the UN General Assembly First Committee and the 8th Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

CHINA AND AUSTRALIA HOLD THE 14TH ROUND OF CONSULAR CONSULTATION

On October 28, 2016, Director-General of the Department of Consular Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Guo Shaochun and First Assistant Secretary of Consular and Crisis Management Division of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Jon Philp of Australia held the 14th round of China-Australia consular consultation in Beijing. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on deepening consular cooperation, facilitating personnel exchanges, safeguarding civil rights and other topics.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT FOR KOREAN PENINSULA AFFAIRS WU DAWEI MEETS WITH NEWLY-APPOINTED SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR NORTH KOREA POLICY OF DEPARTMENT OF STATE JOSEPH YUN OF US

On October 31, 2016, Special Representative of the Chinese Government for Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei met in Beijing with newly-appointed Special Representative for North Korea Policy of the Department of State Joseph Yun of the US, who is also head of the US Delegation for Six-party Talks. Both sides exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula situation and other relevant issues.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)