Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on April 16, 2014.
Q: In its semiannual report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies, US Department of the Treasury did not label China as a "currency manipulator". What is China's comment?
A: With regard to questions about the RMB exchange rate, I would point you to the financial and fiscal authorities of China.
I want to point out in principle that China will continue to press steadily ahead with the reform of the RMB exchange rate formation mechanism and improve the managed floating exchange rate regime. This overall direction will remain unchanged. We hope that the American side will have a correct view, properly deal with economic issues such as the RMB exchange rate and work together with China in a cooperative and constructive attitude so as to push forward the sound and steady growth of China-US business ties.
Q: The 4th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Summit will kick off in Shanghai in less than two months. Has China made any further plan for this summit and how is the preparation going?
A: With regard to your question, Foreign Minister Wang Yi has given an explicit answer after his talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov yesterday. Foreign Minister Wang said that Asia is a region brimming with diversity, vigor and vitality, and development opportunities and potential. Yet it is also a region where historical and hotspot issues are concentrated, and security cooperation remains a weak point for this region.
CICA is the largest multilateral security forum in Asia that covers all sub-regions of Asia. Its member states differ in political systems, religions, cultures and development levels, and thus highly representative. Asian countries have realized the urgency and importance of security cooperation and are willing to speak with one voice to the world: Asia should take the lead in dealing with Asian affairs, and Asian security should and can be realized through strengthened cooperation among Asian countries. That is where the significance of CICA lies.
Foreign Minister Wang said that China will host this year's CICA summit and will assume the chairmanship from 2014 to 2016. This demonstrates member states' trust on China and also brings us responsibilities. China will strive to make the CICA summit this May a success where consensus can be forged and fruitful results yielded. After negotiating with member states, we will hold the summit under the theme of increasing dialogue, mutual trust and collaboration to build a new Asia that is peaceful, stable and cooperative. We hope to promote a new concept of security in Asia during the summit, advocate common security, comprehensive security, cooperative security and sustainable security, and discuss the building of a new framework of Asian security and cooperation.
Up to now, among those who have received invitations, nearly 40 countries and international organizations will send delegations to the summit, and 14 heads of state and government and 8 heads of international organizations have confirmed their attendance to the summit. This summit will be the most heavily attended and largest grand gathering since the founding of CICA. China is willing to work with all member states to make the Shanghai summit a milestone.
Q: South Sudan rebels raided the capital of Unity State, and warned foreign oil firms to leave as soon as possible. Has any Chinese firm been affected by this incident?
A: We have noted relevant reports. The Chinese side pays close attention to the evolvement of situation in South Sudan. Not long ago, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), along with other mediators, negotiated a ceasefire agreement between the warring parties in South Sudan. We hope that the warring parties can earnestly implement this ceasefire agreement, respond positively to the mediation efforts of IGAD and other parties, and resolve their differences peacefully through inclusive negotiations. We also hope that they can put their country's and people's interests first, bear in mind the long-term economic development of their country, and keep important economic facilities that bear on the country's future and the livelihood of the people out of harm's way. We stand ready to enhance communication and coordination with IGAD and other parties concerned and work with them to bring South Sudan back to stability as soon as possible.
As to whether there are Chinese firms being affected by this incident, so far I have no relevant information in this regard.
Q: On the night of April 14, a group of unidentified gunmen kidnapped more than 100 students after they attacked a Nigerian girls school. What is China's comment?
A: China strongly condemns and resolutely opposes terrorism of all forms. We call for the immediate release of the abducted students who are innocent, and their safety should be guaranteed. As Nigeria's strategic partner of cooperation, China will continue to support the Nigerian government in their efforts to safeguard national security and stability.
Q: The P5 conference was held in Beijing from April 14 to 15. What is the outcome of the conference and China's comment on the conference?
A: This is the first time for China to host the P5 conference. We are happy to see that full success is achieved at the conference with the concerted efforts of all sides. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong attended and addressed the opening ceremony and elaborated on China's five-point proposal on global nuclear governance. The P5 states had in-depth discussions on international security and strategic stability, nuclear disarmament, nuclear nonproliferation and peaceful use of nuclear energy, unanimously agreed to deepen strategic coordination and jointly press ahead with global nuclear governance. The P5 states also released a joint statement which set forth their strategic planning and specific measures on nuclear-related issues, showcasing the solidarity of the P5 states.
The P5 states, being nuclear-weapon states and also permanent members of the UN Security Council, pursue common goals, share common interests and shoulder common responsibility on major regional issues and issues concerning international security. The P5 states will contribute more to world peace and development by jointly leading global nuclear governance.
To host the Beijing P5 conference is an important measure taken by China to get deeply engaged in the international security process. As the host country, China actively encourages the P5 states to have discussions, build consensus and deepen mutual trust on major issues concerning global nuclear governance, and pushes the conference forward for a joint statement. It demonstrates that China pays high attention to cooperation between the P5 states and global nuclear governance and is taking solid steps to that end.
All parties speak highly of the Beijing P5 conference. They believe that China's insightful ideas on global nuclear governance will help leverage the P5 states' leading role in the nuclear field and promote international peace and security. They appreciate the efforts and contribution made by China for the success of the conference.
This conference would not have born the aforementioned fruitful results without the concerted efforts of the P5 states. Our appreciation and gratitude goes to all the participants.
Q: Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe said that he would soon visit Beijing. Please give us more details. What is China's expectation for this visit?
A: As far as I have learnt, the Beijing Municipality is communicating with the Tokyo Prefecture on Governor Masuzoe's visit to China. China supports friendly exchanges with Japan at the local level. This kind of interaction will help enhance mutual understanding between the two peoples. We hope that Governor Masuzoe will play a positive role in promoting exchanges and cooperation between Beijing and Tokyo.