2. At the invitation of Swiss Federal President Maurer and the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, Wang Qishan, Vice-Chairman of the State, will visit Switzerland from January 21 to 24 and attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2019.
Q: You just announced that Vice President Wang Qishan will attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2019. Can you introduce the specific arrangements? At present, the pressure and risk of the downturn of the world economy are rising, and we hear the voice of weakening the world economy and Chinas economy from time to time. So what message will Vice President Wang Qishan convey to the international community when he attends the Davos Economic Forum?
A: According to the information I have at present, Vice President Wang Qishan will be invited to address the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2019, to meet with Mr. Schwab, Executive Chairman of the Forum, and to exchange views with participants from all walks of life.
Regarding your comments on Chinas economy, I would like to point out that Chinas economic operation has maintained overall stability, stability and progress. Despite some uncertainties and uncertainties in the external environment, Chinas development has sufficient resilience and great potential, and the long-term trend of economic improvement will not change. We have firm confidence in the long-term good fundamentals of Chinas economy, as well as in maintaining medium and high-speed growth of Chinas economy and moving towards a high-end level.
As you will recall, in early 2017, President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony of the annual session of the World Economic Forum and delivered a keynote speech. He put forward Chinas plan to promote world economic growth and economic globalization, which aroused strong international response and resonance. Vice President Wang Qishan will further explain Chinas views and propositions on major international issues such as Chinas development and economic globalization. We welcome all parties to join hands with China in adhering to the spirit of consultation, joint construction and sharing, and making positive contributions to building an open world economy and promoting the common development of human society.
Q: I have two questions. First, according to media reports, Vice President Wang Qishan will meet with President Trump of the United States during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2019. Can you confirm that? Secondly, there are media reports that the Sino-US economic and trade negotiations are officially started today. Can you confirm?
A: On your first question, I havent heard about this arrangement at present.
On your second question, I can confirm to you that the Sino-US economic and trade consultation has begun today in accordance with the agreement reached between the two sides.
Q: Can you disclose the progress of the Sino-US economic and trade negotiations today? In addition, it is reported that the Chairman of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region Government welcomed the visits of UN experts to Xinjiang. Can you confirm this information? Has the United Nations also made this request?
A: On your first question, the Sino-US economic and trade consultation began today and is still in progress. I have no information to disclose to you at present. Last week, I introduced that both China and the United States expressed in their vice ministerial calls on January 4 that they would work together to implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state at their meeting in Argentina on December 1, 2018, and engage in active and constructive dialogue on Sino-US economic and trade issues.
On the second question, Xinjiang is an open area. We welcome all UN officials and other parties to visit Xinjiang on the premise of abiding by Chinese laws and fulfilling relevant procedures. At the same time, any person, including United Nations officials or experts, should abide by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, avoid interfering in a countrys internal affairs and undermining its sovereignty, and should be objective and neutral, and avoid biased and preconceived. We are willing to keep in touch with the relevant United Nations agencies and move in opposite directions.
Q: It is reported that on the 5th, Myanmar police said that four police posts under the Burgdidang Township Police Station were attacked by the Ruokai Army on the 4th, resulting in many casualties. What is Chinas comment on this?
A: I have taken note of the relevant reports. China supports all parties in Myanmar in promoting reconciliation and peace talks and strongly opposes any form of violent attacks. We hope that all parties concerned will abide by the commitments made in the recent peace statement, exercise restraint, resolve their differences peacefully through dialogue and consultation and continue to advance the peace process in Myanmar.
Q: US President Trump said yesterday that Chinas poor economy is one of the major reasons for Chinas willingness to reach economic and trade agreements with the US side. Do you agree with him?
A: Both sides agreed to conduct active and constructive consultations and dialogues on how to resolve the economic and trade differences between China and the United States in accordance with the important consensus reached at the meeting of the two heads of state.
As to whether the motive of the consultation is due to Chinas economic situation, we have believed from the very beginning that Sino-US economic and trade frictions are detrimental to both sides and the world economy. China is sincere in respecting each other, on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, and on the basis of reciprocity, to resolve the economic and trade friction between the two countries with the United States. As to whether Chinas economy is good or not, I have just said that Chinas development has enough resilience and great potential. We have firm confidence in the long-term fundamentals of Chinas economy.
Q: How do you comment on the US sending warships into the waters near the Xisha Islands for free navigation today? How do you comment on the US choosing to send warships into the South China Sea at the time of the ongoing Sino-US economic and trade consultation?
A: On January 7, the USS McCampbell entered the territorial waters of the Xisha Islands of China without the permission of the Chinese side. The Chinese side then dispatched warships and warplanes to carry out verification and identification of US warships according to law, and warned them to evacuate. We have made solemn representations to the US side in this regard.
The relevant acts of US warships violate Chinese laws and relevant international laws, infringe upon Chinas sovereignty and undermine peace, security and good order in the relevant maritime areas. China firmly opposes the relevant actions of the United States and urges the United States to immediately stop such provocative actions. China will continue to take necessary measures to safeguard national sovereignty and security.
As for the impact of the U.S. action on the ongoing economic and trade negotiations between China and the United States, it is beneficial for both countries and the world to properly solve the existing problems between China and the United States, including economic and trade issues. Both sides have the responsibility to create the necessary good atmosphere for this.