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Several Key Global Issues Highlighted in Chinese FM's Press Conference
   2016-03-08 19:44:57    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xie Cheng

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi gives a news conference on the sidelines of the ongoing session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. [Photo: Xinhua]

Sino-U.S. relations, the North Korean nuclear issue as well as South China Sea issues were all among the highlights of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday.

The press conference was give on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature.

CRI's Xie Cheng reports.

 

Wang Yi suggested that both China and the U.S. should expand and deepen cooperation, and work hard to turn areas of friction into opportunities for cooperation.

He urged for the US to avoid judging China with strategic suspicion, and says only bilateral cooperation can work in the long-term interests of both sides.

"The China-U.S. relationship has gone through a lot and I believe in the path of building a new model of major country relations featuring no conflicts, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation. It serves the common and long-term interests of both sides, and conforms to the trend of the world. It's our hope that the change of administration in the United States notwithstanding, the U.S. side can work with China to take the confirmed steps in the right direction."

Regarding a recent announcement from the U.S. concerning trade restrictions on a Chinese enterprise, Wang Yi described the approach as "only hurting others without necessarily benefiting itself."

In response to a reporter's question about China's building of defense facilities on islands and reefs in the South China Sea, the minister reiterated that Nansha Islands have long been China's inherent territory.

"In building defense facilities on our own islands and reefs, China is actually exercising the rights to self-preservation and to self-defense on the international law; China was not the first country that has deployed weapons in the Nansha Islands. We are not the country that has deployed the most weapons and we are not the country that conducts the most frequent military activities. People talked a lot about militarization. I think China cannot be accused of militarization. "

He added that the South China Sea remains among the world's safest and freest sail lanes, but that navigation freedom does not give the green light for wanton activities.

Journalists will also be welcome to visit the islands and reefs once China's ongoing construction work is completed.

On the North Korean nuclear issue, Wang Yi said that China will not accommodate North Korea's pursuit of its nuclear and missile programs.

"We cherish our traditional bonds with North Korea. If the country seeks development and security, we are prepared to help and provide support. But at the same time, we have an unwavering commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and we will not accommodate North Korea's pursuit of nuclear and missile programs."

He stressed that only dialogue could provide a way out and only through cooperation can a win-win outcome be achieved.

Speaking about the upcoming G20 Summit in September in Hangzhou, Wang Yi highlighted the key topics as "innovation, reform and development".

"For the first time we made innovative growth a key topic on the G20 agenda. We want to capitalize on the new industrial revolution and digital economy and develop a new blueprint for the innovative growth of the world economy. We will stress importance of reform, especially structural reform and encourage the major economies to build a new consensus around this and work together to put the world economy back on the path to strong recovery."

Development issues will be prioritized in macro policy coordination so as to catalyze an inclusive and inter-connected global development.

Wang Yi also expressed confidence that China will be a launch pad for the world economy by hosting the summit.

For CRI, I'm Xie Cheng.

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