Q: Bloomberg News reported that there has been opposition from some German politicians about China's Midea Group purchasing the German robot company Kuka. They said that this purchase would not be in the best interests of Germany and they will block this sale. Do you have any response to this?
A: I have noted the report. I know not specifics about the relevant companies and the acquisition. In principle, we support and encourage win-win cooperation among companies of all countries in accordance with the market rules. We facilitate the cooperation with a sound environment. Normal business activities shall not be politicized.
Q: US Treasury Department yesterday announced further financial sanctions against the DPRK. What is your comment?
A: All parties shall fully implement relevant UN Security Council resolutions in their entirety and strive to resolve relevant issues through dialogue, instead of escalating tension.
Follow-up: Could you tell us the number of Chinese banks and financial institutions that will be affected by further US sanctions on the DPRK? Do you have details about those Chinese financial institutions?
A: As a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a responsible member of the international community, China has been meticulously fulfilling its international obligations, including implementing relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council. We consistently oppose imposing unilateral sanctions on other countries based on one's domestic laws. In particular, considering the current situations, all parties shall fully implement relevant UN Security Council resolutions in their entirety, strive for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and work for peace and a comprehensive solution through dialogue.
Q: Do you have any update on Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to Canada? What specific issues were talked about? Was there any agreement reached? Additionally, several Canadian media wrote about Foreign Minister Wang Yi's critical response to some media's comments on human rights. Is it your view that relevant media have been unfair about China?
A: Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa and co-hosted the first annual Sino-Canadian foreign ministers' meeting with Foreign Minister Stephane Dion. Relevant information has been released. Prime Minister Trudeau said that China has made remarkable achievements in the economic, scientific and cultural sectors. It is playing a more and more consequential leading role in international affairs, with a rising international status. Viewing China's development as an important opportunity, the new government of Canada is willing to carry on the fine tradition of successive governments of the Liberal Party in actively promoting its relationship with China, expand economic and people-to-people exchanges and cooperation with China, and usher in an exhilarating new era of Canada-China relationship. He is looking forward to attending the G20 Hangzhou Summit. The Canadian side will work with the Chinese side to ensure the success of the Summit and promote world economic growth.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke highly of China-Canada relationship. He said that China stands ready to enhance high-level exchanges with the new Canadian government, further substantiate bilateral strategic partnership, expand the scale of bilateral trade, and advance projects in nuclear energy, infrastructure, connectivity, modern agriculture, innovation and other sectors which are hallmarks of mutually beneficial cooperation. The two sides will promote people-to-people exchanges and communication between local governments, further cooperation on justice and law enforcement, anti-corruption, and retrieval of fugitives and ill-gotten proceeds, maintain coordination in international and regional affairs, and usher in a new golden age for China-Canada relations.
As for whether relevant media coverage on China is fair or not, I think, you, as reporters, may ask yourselves whether you have been unbiased when reporting on China, especially on human rights issue. Do you see China objectively and fairly? Do you relay fully and correctly your information on China to your audience? Do you tell China's story as it truly is? We welcome more reporters and journalists living and working in China so that they can see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts China's development, transformation and progress.
Q: Francois Delattre, rotating President of the UN Security Council and Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, said on June 1 that Security Council members will meet this month to discuss ways to enhance the equipment and operation capability of the UN Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Does China support this move?
A: China strongly condemns the terrorist attack on MINUSMA on May 31. We have asked the government of Mali and the UN to take immediate actions to strengthen protection for the UN peacekeepers in Mali and prevent such incident from happening again. We support the Security Council in having discussions on initiatives that can help improve the safety of UN peacekeeping operations.