Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on November 30, 2015
Q: On November 28, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) camp in the town of Kidal was attacked by militants. 3 people were killed and more than 20 were wounded. The UN Security Council strongly condemned this attack. What is your comment?
A: The Chinese side strongly condemns this violent attack on the MINUSMA, expresses deep condolences to the lost lives, and sincere sympathy to the bereaved families and the injured. The Chinese side urges relevant parties to take effective measures to ensure the safety of UN peacekeepers.
Q: The Union Election Commission of Myanmar has announced the final results of the national election. What is China’s comment? What is China’s take on the prospect of China-Myanmar relationship?
A: The Union Election Commission of Myanmar has finished counting the votes and announced the results of the composition of the parliamentary seats. The candidates from the National League for Democracy won the majority of the parliamentary seats. The Chinese side sends its congratulations to the winning party. As a friendly neighbor, the Chinese side sincerely hopes that Myanmar can enjoy political stability, ethnic harmony, and economic development. All parties should work in unison for Myanmar’s national development.
The Chinese side adopts an amicable policy towards Myanmar. This policy is subject to no change. The Chinese side will continue to consolidate its traditional friendship, enhance mutually-beneficial cooperation with Myanmar, and support Myanmar’s efforts in maintaining stability, promoting development, and improving people’s livelihood.
Q: According to media reports from Pakistan, China pledged its support to Pakistan’s bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Can you confirm that?
A: The NSG is an important component of the international non-proliferation regime. It is a long-standing consensus of the international community that Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is the cornerstone of the regime. The NPT Review Conference held this year in New York has reaffirmed this consensus. On account of this, the NSG and other export control mechanisms have so far regarded holding the NPT membership as a prerequisite to becoming a new member state of the NSG.
There are some non-NPT states who have expressed aspirations to join the NSG. This raises an issue to the international community, that is, whether or not non-NPT states can join the NSG. The Chinese side has noted the efforts made by non-NPT states in recent years in upholding the international non-proliferation regime. The accession of non-NPT states to the NSG deserves thorough discussion among NSG member states in accordance with relevant rules and decisions shall be made by consensus. It is worth pointing out that China’s position applies to all non-NPT states, instead of targeting any particular one.
Q: The Indian Chief of the Air Staff said that the country should not look at China as an adversary anymore. He also made positive remarks on the development of China-India relations. What is your comment?
A: We have noted these positive statements made by the Indian Chief of the Air Staff.
China and India are important neighbors to each other. We are the largest developing countries and emerging market economies with the greatest vitality. Our common interests far exceed differences. As strategic partners for cooperation, we provide opportunities of development for each other. We are not rivals, still less threats to each other.
In recent years, leaders of both countries have held frequent exchanges. President Xi Jinping made a successful state visit to India last year. Prime Minister Modi’s official visit to China this year was also a success. During the just concluded meetings on East Asia Cooperation, Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Modi met and had close talks. Leaders of both sides have a high degree of consensus, that is, both sides should enhance strategic communication, enrich China-India strategic partnership for cooperation, work together to forge a more closely-knit partnership for development, and move forward bilateral relations.
As for the differences between both sides, like the boundary question, both sides agree to strengthen communication through border-related mechanisms so as to properly manage and handle differences, maintain peace and tranquility of the border areas, and create favorable conditions for the sustained and steady growth of bilateral ties. We would like to work with the Indian side to deepen political mutual trust and promote mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields so that China-India relations can forge ahead along the right track and deliver benefits to people of the two countries and the whole region.