Regular press conference by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin on November 12, 2021_Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America
Hubei Media Group: A report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on November 10 shows that more than seven billion COVID-19 vaccines were administered worldwide by the end of October, and that Chile and Cambodia have rates of vaccination 79% and 77% respectively higher than many developed countries like the United States and Europe thanks to Chinese vaccines. Do you have a comment?
Wang Wenbin: I have taken note of the relevant reports. By promoting equitable access to vaccines, the world has witnessed the proposals and actions on the Chinese side. President Xi Jinping has taken the initiative to propose making vaccines a global public good. At the recent G20 summit in Rome, President Xi Jinping solemnly proposed a global action initiative for vaccine cooperation that includes six important measures.
Despite its own huge population and limited supply, China has supplied more than 1.7 billion doses of finished and bulk vaccines to more than 110 countries and international organizations, and will provide more than two billion doses by the end. of this year. China has provided over 70 million doses of vaccine to COVAX and donated $ 100 million. It also launched the Belt and Road Partnership Initiative on COVID-19 vaccine cooperation with 30 countries and conducted joint vaccine production with 19 developing countries. China has supplied more COVID-19 vaccines overseas than any other country, and the vast majority of vaccines for developing countries come from China.
In the future, China will continue to uphold the vision of a healthy community for humanity and provide more vaccines to developing countries through various means, including donations, in order to contribute to equitable access to vaccines and to a quick victory over the epidemic.
Associated Press: Some media report that China influenced the government of Kiribati to open up a large marine reserve in its waters for commercial fishing, effectively de-registering it as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and China could potentially develop strategic infrastructure on Kanton Island. . What is your reaction to these two claims in the Australian and New Zealand media?
Wang Wenbin: China fully respects the will of the government and the people in cooperation with the Pacific island countries, including Kiribati. Conducted in an open and honest manner, such cooperation is widely welcomed by various sectors of these countries. It is hoped that the parties concerned can see this in an objective light and stop the unwarranted hype.
Dragon TV: According to reports, Frans Timmermans, executive vice president of the European Commission for the European Green Deal, said during climate talks in Glasgow that China has acted responsibly and played a key role in the COP21 in Paris. He noted that China has sent a high-level delegation to Glasgow and is on the right track. What’s your comment ?
Wang Wenbin: China has taken steps to implement the Paris Agreement, contributing to global climate governance and leading ecological protection efforts. As of September last year, President Xi Jinping announced China’s peak carbon and carbon neutrality target and vision, as well as nationally determined contribution (NDC) targets and metrics. , all of which demonstrate China’s strong determination to respond to climate change. Ahead of the Glasgow meeting, China announced a â1 + Nâ policy framework for peak carbon and carbon neutrality, released a white paper titled âResponding to Climate Change: China’s Policies and Actionsâ and formally submitted CDNs and a strategy for low emissions in the medium and long term. These are all specific steps of China’s implementation of the Paris Agreement and show China’s responsibility and its latest contribution to the global response to climate change.
During the Glasgow conference, the Chinese delegation followed true multilateralism, listened to and supported the appeal of developing countries, remained in close communication and collaboration with the parties, including the EU and the United States, and worked for consensus among all parties on major topics and key issues. . Yesterday, China and the United States concluded and released the Joint Glasgow China-U.S. Declaration on Strengthening Climate Action in the 2020s, which contributed to the success of COP26. The Glasgow summit is due to end today. China looks forward to reaching the greatest consensus and achieving positive results with all parties, working for the full and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and promoting a just and fair global climate governance system. reasonable for a win-win cooperation and the construction of a community of destiny for humanity.
Reuters: According to reports, President Joe Biden and President Xi will hold a virtual summit on Monday US time. Can you confirm this or offer more information?
Wang Wenbin: Since the beginning of this year, President Xi Jinping has spoken to President Biden by telephone twice by invitation. The two heads of state agreed to continue to maintain frequent contacts through multiple means. The two countries are in close communication on the specific modalities of the meeting. It is hoped that the United States can work with China in the same direction and make concerted efforts to make the meeting of heads of state a success, which will bring the Sino-US relations back on track for healthy development. and regular.
Prensa Latina: In recent days, Cuban authorities have denounced the US government for fabricating rumors and lies and supporting anti-Cuban forces to encourage subversive activities and destabilization of the country. What is China’s position in this regard?
Wang Wenbin: It’s the old trick of the United States to voluntarily impose unilateral sanctions and crudely interfere in the internal affairs of other countries in the name of “freedom“, “human rights” and “democracy”. China strongly opposes it. China firmly supports Cuba’s just fight to defend national sovereignty and oppose strong interference by power, and we resolutely support Cuba in the search for a development path adapted to its national realities. China reiterates its call on the United States to manage its relations with Cuba in accordance with the purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and the basic standards governing international relations, to heed the universal appeal of the international community, to immediately and completely lift it. embargo on Cuba and to stop interfering in Cuban affairs.
Shenzhen TV: On November 11, representatives from China, Russia, the United States and Pakistan convened a Troika Plus meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan, and released a joint statement in which they agreed to continue their substantive engagement with the Taliban. On the same day, delegates from the four countries also met with Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi of the Afghan interim government, visiting Pakistan. Can you share more details about the activities?
Wang Wenbin: On November 11, representatives from China, the United States, Russia and Pakistan held a Troika Plus meeting in Islamabad to exchange views on the latest situation in Afghanistan. Yue Xiaoyong, Foreign Ministry Special Envoy for Afghan Affairs, led a delegation to the meeting.
The Chinese side explained its position and policies on Afghanistan, and stressed that Afghanistan stands at a crucial stage of chaos to order and faces challenges on the political, economic, counterterrorism and humanitarian fronts. . All parties must continue to dialogue with the Afghan side in a constructive manner, based on respect for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan. China stands ready to work with all parties and contribute to the continuous improvement of the situation in Afghanistan.
At the end of the meeting, the four parties issued a joint statement, recalling respect for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, agreeing to continue their concrete engagement with the Taliban, calling for to the urgent provision by the international community of humanitarian and economic assistance to Afghanistan, commended the role of the United Nations as coordinator in areas such as contributing to stability and the provision of humanitarian aid. emergency and condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan.
The four representatives also had a group meeting with Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi of the Afghan interim government. The Afghan side shared steps and progress in building an inclusive government, protecting the rights of women and children and fighting terrorism. Representatives of the four countries expressed their readiness to continue emergency humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and to strengthen counterterrorism and security cooperation with Afghanistan.
Reuters: According to reports, President Xi Jinping will invite President Biden to attend the Beijing Winter Olympics. Do you have any other information on this subject?
Wang Wenbin: I am not commenting on speculative reports.
MASTV: On November 11, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a speech that the United States will vigorously compete with China in multiple dimensions, including economic and technological. The United States will stand up for its values. But the United States also recognizes that China is going to be a factor in the international system for the foreseeable future. There is no reason for competition to turn into conflict or confrontation. Do you have a comment?
Wang Wenbin: Competition exists in international relations, but it should be healthy competition based on upholding basic standards governing international relations. We oppose unfair competition where its own rules are imposed on other countries as international rules. We oppose unfair competition where the word “competition” is used as a pretext to undermine the sovereignty of other countries and interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. We oppose unethical competition where “competition” is used as an excuse to restrict the development of other countries and deprive them of their legitimate rights and interests. China and the United States have both differences and broad interests in common. Defining Sino-US relations with competition contravenes the reality of bilateral relations and departs from US policy towards China. The United States should properly consider the mutually beneficial nature of Sino-US relations, adopt a rational and pragmatic policy towards China, work with China to strengthen dialogue and communication, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, properly manage differences and follow the path of mutual respect, peace coexistence and win-win cooperation.
Reuters: Human Rights Watch today criticized corporate sponsors of the Beijing Olympics and said they should pressure the Chinese government over human rights violations. Do you have a comment?
Wang Wenbin: The politicization of sport and the fabrication of rumors and lies to undermine the Olympic cause will find no support and is doomed to failure.