On the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Overseas Minister Rashid Meredov of Turkmenistan, Overseas Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin of Tajikistan, and Overseas Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov of Uzbekistan, State Councilor and Overseas Minister Wang Yi will go to Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and attend the assembly of the Council of Ministers of Overseas Affairs of the Shanghai Cooperation Group (SCO), the overseas ministers’ assembly of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group and the high-level worldwide assembly on “Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity Challenges and Alternatives” from July 12 to 16.
Xinhua Information Company: Are you able to temporary us on the background, consideration and expectations of State Councilor and Overseas Minister Wang Yi’s go to to the three Central Asian international locations and his attendance of the SCO overseas ministers’ assembly and different multilateral conferences?
Wang Wenbin: Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are China’s pleasant, shut neighbors and strategic companions. In Could, the second China+Central Asia (C+C5) overseas ministers’ assembly was efficiently held in Xi’an, bringing China’s relationship with Central Asian international locations to a brand new stage. Because the SCO celebrates its 20th anniversary this 12 months, it’s now dealing with new alternatives for growth. The developments of the state of affairs in Afghanistan is at a crucial juncture. As shut neighbors of Afghanistan, the SCO member states can play a constructive position in selling the peace, reconciliation and reconstruction course of in Afghanistan. Higher connectivity is the frequent aspiration of nations in Central and South Asia and can also be an necessary a part of the BRI cooperation.
In opposition to this background, State Councilor and Overseas Minister Wang Yi’s go to is a vital diplomatic mission aimed toward consolidating conventional friendship and cooperation with Central Asian international locations, advancing the event of the SCO, selling peace and stability in Afghanistan, and strengthening joint efforts to construct the BRI and improve connectivity.
In the course of the go to, State Councilor and Overseas Minister Wang Yi will meet with leaders of the three Central Asian international locations, maintain talks with their overseas ministers, attend multilateral occasions together with the SCO overseas ministers’ assembly and have pleasant exchanges with overseas ministers of different taking part international locations. We consider that this go to shall be a strong transfer to implement the necessary frequent understanding reached between President Xi Jinping and leaders of different international locations, deepen bilateral and multilateral cooperation, promote high-quality BRI cooperation, and make new contributions to regional peace and stability.
China-Arab TV: Many college students from Arab international locations are hoping very a lot to return to China for his or her research. When will China permit these college students to return?
Wang Wenbin: The Chinese language authorities at all times attaches excessive significance to the problem of overseas college students coming to China for his or her research. On the idea of making certain security amid COVID-19, we are going to contemplate in a coordinated method association for permitting overseas college students to return to China for his or her research.
China Day by day: It’s reported that in response to a query in regards to the US refusal of visa functions by Chinese language college students, a spokesperson for the US State Division said that the related measures are primarily based on Presidential Proclamation 10043 and solely impacts lower than 2% of Chinese language candidates. The spokesperson mentioned that the US welcomes worldwide college students together with Chinese language college students. Do you’ve got any remark?
Wang Wenbin: The present US administration retains speaking in regards to the significance it locations on openness to worldwide college students whereas enjoying by the principles set out on this deeply discriminatory Presidential Proclamation. This runs counter to the self-claimed philosophy of openness and freedom and remarks of “welcoming Chinese language pupil” on the US facet. It’s additional historic back-pedalling.
The US claims that the related measures solely have an effect on lower than 2% of Chinese language candidates. Nonetheless, a Georgetown College report estimates that about three,000 to five,000 graduate college students making use of for related disciplines are affected by Presidential Proclamation 10043, which is between 16% and 27% of annual new Chinese language graduate enrollments. Massive numbers of scholars who’re affected by the Proclamation launched an internet site on their very own initiative to inform the tales of being rejected and name for educational freedom. The US ought to heed their voice.
Folks-to-people interactions are the inspiration of China-US ties. Tutorial, academic and scientific and technological exchanges are an necessary a part of that. We urge the US to withstand and assessment this situation, cease the groundless restrictions and suppression on Chinese language college students, and shield their reliable rights and pursuits.
Reuters: The S&P Dow Jones Indices and FTSE Russell on late Wednesday determined to take away extra Chinese language firms from their indices after an up to date U.S. govt order barred home funding in corporations with alleged ties to China’s navy. What is the ministry’s touch upon this? Does it have plans to retaliate over this measure?
Wang Wenbin: China firmly opposes politicizing financial and commerce points, abusing nationwide energy, and overstretching the idea of nationwide safety to groundlessly suppress Chinese language firms. The related actions run severely in opposition to market competitors and different worldwide financial and commerce guidelines that the US claims to worth, and in opposition to the development of our occasions. They undermine the pursuits of traders of all international locations, and do hurt to the pursuits and picture of US itself.
China is opening up its capital market wider and wider. The exclusion of some enterprises from sure worldwide indexes poses no impediment for worldwide traders who can put money into them in numerous methods to share the dividends of China’s growth. Related indices’ removing of Chinese language high quality enterprises will solely dent their very own authority and illustration, which is their loss.
PTI: You simply answered two questions concerning the return of the worldwide college students to China and the discriminatory therapy of Chinese language college students by the US. Is there a timeline for overseas college students to return to China?
Wang Wenbin: I simply said China’s principled place on the problem of overseas college students coming again to China for his or her research. We connect excessive significance to this situation. On the idea of making certain security amid COVID-19, we are going to contemplate in a coordinated method association for permitting overseas college students to return to China for his or her research. On the similar time, I stress once more that in mild of the evolving epidemic state of affairs, China will resolve on prevention and management measures in a coordinated means primarily based on scientific evaluation. We stand able to work actively in direction of the wholesome, protected and orderly cross-border stream of individuals on the idea of sound epidemic measures.
Folks’s Day by day: Are you able to temporary us on the primary objects on the agenda of the SCO overseas ministers’ assembly and the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group overseas ministers’ assembly and China’s expectations for the conferences?
Wang Wenbin: In the course of the SCO overseas ministers’ assembly, State Councilor and Overseas Minister Wang Yi will trade views with fellow SCO member states’ overseas ministers on main worldwide and regional points and SCO cooperation in numerous fields underneath the present circumstances to make political preparations for a SCO summit this 12 months.
This 12 months marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the SCO. In the course of the previous 20 years, the SCO has upheld the Shanghai Spirit and blazed a profitable path of cooperation and growth that’s in line with regional realities and the wants of all events. It has turn out to be a significant constructive drive for regional safety, stability, growth and prosperity. Its progress additionally represents beneficial sensible exploration within the constructing of a brand new kind of worldwide relations and a group with a shared future for mankind.
Amid the overlapping impression of main adjustments and a worldwide pandemic unseen in a century, the SCO, as a brand new kind of worldwide group championing an up-to-date imaginative and prescient, must play a much bigger position in realizing lasting peace and safety within the area, boosting financial restoration in numerous international locations and defending worldwide equity and justice. China stands able to work with all events to construct on the opportune momentum of the SCO’s 20th anniversary to deepen solidarity and mutual belief between member states, construct up consensus for cooperation, SCO cooperation throughout the board, and inject sturdy impetus into regional international locations’ growth and rejuvenation.
As agreed by the SCO member states, the overseas ministers’ assembly of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group shall be held along side the SCO overseas ministers’ assembly. State Councilor and Overseas Minister Wang Yi and different SCO member states’ overseas ministers will trade views with the overseas minister of Afghanistan on selling regional safety and stability, advancing the peace and reconciliation course of in Afghanistan, and deepening SCO cooperation with the Afghan facet. The SCO member states’ overseas ministers will launch a joint assertion elaborating on their unified place on the Afghan situation.
In opposition to the backdrop of the hasty withdrawal of US and NATO forces and the sophisticated evolution of the state of affairs in Afghanistan, this assembly is of necessary significance for correctly coping with the altering state of affairs in post-withdrawal Afghanistan, collectively advancing the peace and reconciliation course of, strengthening efforts to battle the three evil forces, specifically, terrorist, separatist and extremist forces, and successfully sustaining regional safety and stability. China stands able to work with all events to provide full play to the position of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group and contribute extra SCO power to Afghanistan’s efforts to keep up stability, finish chaos, notice peace and advance reconstruction.
Reuters: The Biden administration is ready as early as Friday so as to add a minimum of 10 extra Chinese language firms and different entities to its financial blacklist over alleged human rights abuses and high-tech surveillance in Xinjiang. That is in response to two sources cited by Reuters. Is the ministry conscious of this? What is the ministry’s touch upon this?
Wang Wenbin: The so-called “entity record” of the US is in essence a software for suppressing particular firms and industries in China underneath the pretext of human rights, and means the US makes use of to destabilize Xinjiang and comprise China. China firmly opposes this.
China will take all essential measures to resolutely safeguard the reliable rights and pursuits of Chinese language firms and foil US makes an attempt to intrude in China’s inside affairs.
International Occasions: An exhibition that includes the “consolation ladies” in Nagoya, Japan was pressured to shut on July eight after workers on the gallery internet hosting it obtained a supply containing an explosive gadget. Objects on show embody the “Statue of a Lady of Peace” which symbolizes the “consolation ladies” victims. The exhibition attracted many guests however was once more rejected and boycotted by right-wing forces in Japan. Do you’ve got any response?
Wang Wenbin: We famous related experiences. The pressured recruitment of “consolation ladies” is a grave crime in opposition to humanity dedicated by the Japanese militarism throughout its struggle of aggression. The iron-clad reality has lengthy been acknowledged and recorded in historic paperwork together with the minutes of Non permanent Courts Martial at Batavia and judgments of the Worldwide Army Tribunal for the Far East.
Nonetheless, sure forces in Japan have all alongside stubbornly clung to the fallacious notion on historic points. Their actions present nice disrespect to the victims and try and deny, distort and even whitewash the historical past of aggression, downplay and shirk accountability for previous crimes. They should be condemned by justice and conscience.
Historical past is the very best textbook. Until Japan faces as much as and deeply displays upon itself, it’s going to by no means have the ability to unload its heavy burden, and the hole morality and accountability it talks about won’t ever be actually accepted by the worldwide group.
CCTV: The 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council is being held at Geneva. We famous that China made a number of statements criticizing extreme human rights issues in Western international locations. Some western international locations declare that China’s opposition to megaphone diplomacy and interference in different international locations’ inside affairs appear to have modified. Do you’ve got any remark?
Wang Wenbin: China and different growing international locations expressed their issues over the human rights circumstances in some western international locations on a number of events in the course of the 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council, urging them to take efficient measures to resolve their very own extreme human rights issues and opposing their politicization of human rights points and double customary. This can be a name of justice.
I need to stress that it’s these Western international locations that strain different international locations and intrude in different international locations’ inside affairs out of political motivations primarily based on disinformation, rumors and lies. It’s these Western international locations that identify and disgrace growing international locations with finger-pointing and condescending lecturing. Such acts spoil the cooperative ambiance on the UN Human Rights Council, and run counter to the needs and rules of the UN Constitution. They declare to welcome criticism, however when China and different growing international locations categorical reliable issues over their human rights state of affairs, they really feel very uncomfortable and even resistant. Furthermore, they flip round and accuse China of “megaphone diplomacy” and interference in different international locations’ inside affairs. This typical observe of double customary absolutely exposes their deeply-rooted vanity, prejudice and hypocrisy.
Why do they flip a blind eye to some Western international locations’ systematic discrimination in opposition to minority teams together with folks of Asian and African descent, violation of the rights of indigenous peoples, large-scale human rights abuse in immigrant detention facilities, killing of harmless civilians in abroad navy operations, casualties and displacement of civilians brought on by navy intervention, human rights violations by unilateral coercive measures, and different human rights issues? Why do not they freely criticize their companions on the Human Rights Council? Why do they play dumb within the face of criticism from the worldwide group? Whether or not they’re the true defender of human rights or simply politicizing human rights, the worldwide group sees clearly.
China advises these Western international locations to noticeably reply to the issues of the worldwide group, deeply replicate on their very own deplorable human rights data, truthfully withstand and clear up their very own human rights issues. If these international locations nonetheless consider that they’ll go on wantonly interfering in different international locations’ inside affairs underneath the pretext of human rights and harming their pursuits with out paying any worth, they need to suppose once more.
Kyodo Information: We have discovered that the case of Cheng Lei, an Australian citizen suspected of illegally offering state secrets and techniques to overseas international locations, has been handed over to the procuratorate for assessment and prosecution. Are you able to affirm this?
Wang Wenbin: We have said China’s principled place on the case of Australian citizen Cheng Lei many occasions. She was arrested on suspicion of illegally offering state secrets and techniques to overseas forces in accordance with legislation. The case is underneath additional course of. China is a rustic ruled by legislation. China’s judicial authorities deal with instances in accordance with legislation and the rights of Cheng Lei are absolutely protected.
Shenzhen TV: Lately, mainstream Australian media revealed articles commemorating the 50th anniversary of former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s go to to China, together with articles written by Whitlam again then about his observations and insights in the course of the go to. Whitlam believes that it’s an unavoidable and goal actuality that the CPC is in energy in China and that Australia ought to have diplomatic relations with China which conforms to the development of the occasions. Do you’ve got any remark?
Wang Wenbin: We famous related experiences. In July 1971, Mr. Gough Whitlam led a delegation to pay an “ice-breaking” go to to China because the chief of the Australian opposition Labor Occasion, making necessary and indelible contributions to the institution of diplomatic relations between China and Australia and the expansion of bilateral ties. Wanting again at this “ice-breaking” go to 50 years in the past, folks from completely different social sectors in Australia say that Mr. Whitlam exemplified nice political knowledge, confidence and braveness in selecting to determine diplomatic ties with China, a choice primarily based on rational considering by greedy and following the development of the occasions. What he did reveals that Australia is greater than in a position to lead, moderately than blindly comply with, different international locations in worldwide affairs. They name on the Australian authorities to deal with its relations with China in the identical pragmatic and rational method.
With relations between China and Australia severely strained, these ideas and appeals are trigger for some soul looking out on the a part of the Australian authorities. The 2 sides had extra variations 50 years in the past than at the moment. Why is it that the Australian statesmen again then had the imaginative and prescient to comply with the overwhelming development and start cooperation with China and engagement with Asia regardless of obstacles whereas at the moment sure folks within the Australian authorities are led astray by bias and select to maneuver in opposition to the invincible development, always obstructing bilateral cooperation and even inciting confrontation? We urge the Australian facet to take historical past as a mirror, heed the voice of insightful folks at dwelling, and revisit the unique goal of the institution of diplomatic relations between China and Australia. We name on it to reject Chilly-Struggle mentality and ideological bias, do extra issues to advertise bilateral mutual belief and cooperation in line with the spirit of the 2 sides’ complete strategic partnership and the pursuits of the 2 peoples, and chorus from historic retrogression.
AFP: I’ve two questions. The primary one, the European Parliament handed a decision yesterday calling for EU officers to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights issues in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. What is the overseas ministry’s response to this? The second query, what’s China response to the state of affairs surrounding the assassination of Haiti’s President, together with the announcement by Taiwan that 11 suspected assassins have been arrested on its embassy grounds?
Wang Wenbin: In your first query, what you talked about shouldn’t be value any consideration.
In your second query, we famous related experiences. I need to stress that there’s just one China on the planet and Taiwan is a part of China. The federal government of the Folks’s Republic of China is the only authorized authorities representing the entire of China.
With regard to the state of affairs in Haiti, we hope Haiti can restore social stability at an early date, obtain sound financial growth and safeguard folks’s wellbeing.
Beijing Youth Day by day: In accordance with media experiences, the US troops pulled out of the Bagram Airfield in a single day with out a heads up. The sudden departure made it tough for the Afghan authorities to take over the power and led to the lack of quite a few objects. The battlefield in Afghanistan has gone out of hand after the withdrawal of US troops. The irresponsible method of the US has been criticized in Afghanistan and the worldwide group. Do you’ve got a remark?
Wang Wenbin: As so many info have confirmed, between the morally proper factor to do on the planet and egocentric pursuits, the US at all times chooses the latter. The US has been making an attempt to drive its so-called freedom and democracy on others and push for regime adjustments world wide. This has led to battle, struggle, terrorism, refugees, amongst different problems that also persist at the moment. The US, in disregard of its duties and obligations, unexpectedly withdrew from Afghanistan, leaving a multitude and turmoil to the Afghan folks and regional international locations. This additional uncovered the hypocritical face of the US underneath the duvet of “defending democracy and human rights”.
As a pleasant shut neighbor of Afghanistan, China at all times helps the Afghan folks in safeguarding their nationwide sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and taking nationwide future into their very own fingers. China at all times follows the “Afghan-owned and Afghan-led” precept and strives to advertise the political settlement of the Afghan situation. We stand able to work along with the worldwide group and regional international locations to advance the peace and reconciliation course of and assist Afghanistan notice peace and stability at an early date.
Bloomberg: I simply need to comply with up in your feedback on the Afghanistan withdrawal. In an earlier query on that, you mentioned that the US had made a hasty withdrawal, and now you mentioned that the US rushed to withdrawal its troops and left the folks there in a multitude. Are you saying that the US ought to have left the troopers in Afghanistan for an extended time frame?
Wang Wenbin: I am afraid you did not get our place proper. Our place is constant and clear. Because the offender that created the Afghan situation, the US can’t shirk its accountability for the present state of affairs. It ought to earnestly assume its due accountability in such areas as Afghanistan’s safety, growth and humanitarian wants, honor its dedication, guarantee a easy transition in Afghanistan, ensure that the withdrawal does not result in turbulence and preventing, and ensure Afghanistan will not turn out to be a powder keg within the area and a protected haven for terrorism once more. That is our clear place.
NHK: Japan introduced final evening that after talks with related sides of the IOC, it has been determined that some occasions of the Tokyo Olympic Video games shall be held with out viewers. Do you’ve got any remark?
Wang Wenbin: We be aware experiences on that. China helps Japan in easily internet hosting a profitable Tokyo Olympic Video games.
China Information Service: These days some within the US are prompting the WHO to conduct a “part two investigation of COVID-19 origins” focusing on China. Do you’ve got any remark?
Wang Wenbin: Research of origins is a scientific matter which requires respecting science and info. The report of the joint WHO-China examine has identified that a world perspective is required to hold out future origin-tracing work in a number of international locations and areas as a substitute of only one space.
The general state of affairs of COVID-19 epidemics is more and more pointing to a number of origins in a number of locations. The mayor of Belleville, New Jersey, who has examined constructive for coronavirus antibodies, mentioned he was sick with the virus in November 2019, over two months sooner than the primary confirmed case within the US and likewise sooner than the primary case reported in China. In accordance with the US NIH web site, analysis has proven that proof of an infection in 5 states appeared again in December 2019. A joint examine by UCLA and the College of Washington concluded, “A considerably larger variety of sufferers with respiratory complaints and ailments beginning in late December 2019 and persevering with by February 2020 suggests group unfold of SARS-CoV-2 previous to established medical consciousness and testing capabilities”. Moreover, many media experiences have proven that as EVALI broke out in July 2019 in Wisconsin and swept by different states, CT scans of sufferers’ lungs present white patches with floor glass opacity, extremely just like the signs of COVID-19.
We have now seen another analysis concluding that the coronavirus had been spreading in lots of locations world wide earlier than the outbreak in Wuhan. The scientific findings of the primary part of examine of origins performed in China by the WHO-China joint mission offers a analysis foundation for conducting comparable examine of origins in different international locations.
To show a blind eye to those info and the authoritative report of WHO consultants, and to clamor for a so-called second part of examine of origins focusing on China, this isn’t the best option to determine the origin of the virus. It’s political manipulation that places a label on the virus and politicizes examine of origins and can solely disrupt and undermine worldwide cooperation on this space. The worldwide group ought to reject all acts of political manipulation on origin-tracing, comply with the WHO joint group’s suggestion and conduct origin-tracing in a number of international locations and areas to make sure efficient prevention and preparedness within the face of future pandemics.
TASS: In an interview with France 2 TV, French Minister of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune overtly known as on different members of the EU to not use vaccines developed and produced in Russia and China. Do you’ve got any remark?
Wang Wenbin: China at all times holds that international locations ought to improve cooperation, moderately than create variations within the face of COVID-19. Points referring to the approval and authorization of vaccines needs to be dealt with by administration businesses for medical merchandise in accordance with science and legal guidelines and laws. Efforts needs to be made to keep away from political interference and political manipulation.
CCTV: At this time marks the 50th anniversary of Dr Henry Kissinger’s secret journey to China. What inspiration will be drawn from this historic occasion?
Wang Wenbin: Half a century in the past, on July 9, 1971, Dr. Henry Kissinger paid a go to to China. The older era of Chinese language leaders together with Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai labored in live performance with President Nixon and Dr. Kissinger, amongst others, and opened the door to renewed trade between China and the US for the shared pursuits of the 2 peoples. This marked the start of a brand new historic chapter of the development and growth of China-US relations and has profound constructive implications on each international locations and the world.
In the course of the previous 50 years, China-US relations have weathered altering circumstances and stored transferring ahead general, delivering monumental profit to the 2 peoples and making vital contribution to world peace, stability and prosperity. An necessary inspiration from this historic chapter is that although China and the US have completely different social techniques and differ in historic backgrounds and cultural traditions, so long as each stay dedicated to the right course of bilateral ties, at all times proceed from the frequent pursuits of individuals in each international locations and the remainder of the world, and comply with the precept of mutual respect, equality, and in search of frequent floor whereas shelving variations, China and the US are absolutely able to realizing peaceable coexistence and mutually-beneficial cooperation and bringing higher profit to each international locations and the world.
At this time China-US relations are at a brand new historic crossroads, with the selection between hostile confrontation and mutual respect, between isolationist decoupling and open cooperation, between zero-sum recreation and win-win outcomes. The 2 peoples and the worldwide group are all watching with nice concern. We hope the US will grasp the overwhelming world development of our occasions, come to an accurate notion of China, make the best selection and work with China in the identical route.
Bloomberg: I simply need to comply with up on my query on Afghanistan. You mentioned that the US ought to honor its dedication and guarantee there is a peaceable switch and that Afghanistan does not turn out to be a protected haven for terrorism. Are you able to clarify what you imply particularly by that?
Wang Wenbin: I do not see a necessity for additional rationalization right here both. The US ought to earnestly fulfill its due duties and honor its dedication. It wants to make sure a easy transition in Afghanistan, ensure that the withdrawal does not result in turbulence and preventing, and forestall a resurgence of terrorism within the nation. I consider that is what regional international locations and the entire world need. As I simply mentioned, China and related international locations will quickly maintain the SCO overseas ministers’ assembly and the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group overseas ministers’ assembly, the place additional discussions shall be held on the Afghan situation. Chances are you’ll comply with up for extra info.