Regular press conference by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on October 26, 2021
Shenzhen TV: The presidential election in Uzbekistan ended smoothly, with early voting results showing incumbent President Shavkat Mirziyoyev won a new term. What is China’s comment? Has the Chinese side sent congratulations? How do you see the future of Sino-Uzbek relations?
Zhao Lijian: China congratulates on the successful presidential election in Uzbekistan and the re-election of President Mirziyoyev. President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to President Mirziyoyev. Under his leadership, the vision of a new Uzbekistan will surely come true.
China and Uzbekistan are comprehensive strategic partners and friendly neighbors who enjoy high-level bilateral relations. China attaches great importance to relations with Uzbekistan. As the two sides mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties next year, China stands ready to build on the momentum of the commemoration and work hand-in-hand with Uzbekistan to continue our friendship. traditional and pursue a high-quality “Belt and Road” cooperation. benefit both countries and peoples.
CCTV: We noticed that a series of test matches for the Olympic Winter Games started on October 5th under the theme of the Beijing Experience. Yesterday, the first editions of the Beijing 2022 Playbooks were released. With all this, we can feel the approach of the Olympic Games in Beijing in the air. I wonder if you have a comment on this?
Zhao Lijian: As you said, we can already feel the approach of the Olympics in the air in Beijing. With the arrival of the Olympic flame from Greece, Beijing is once again embracing the Olympic Games. Experience Beijing test matches are underway in the Beijing and Yanqing competition areas, which will host 10 international matches, three international training weeks and two domestic testing activities. Athletes from various countries all praised the quality of the venues, the testing environment and the logistical support. Yesterday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (Beijing 2022) released the first editions of the Beijing 2022 Playbooks, which will help participants to prepare to travel. and arriving in China and fulfilling their roles at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Tomorrow we will begin the 100-day countdown to Beijing 2022. After more than six years, the preparation work has entered the home stretch. In 100 days, the Olympic flame will once again ignite Beijing, the first city in the world to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics. In 100 days, Chinese winter sports athletes will perform in front of their home crowd for the very first time. In 100 days, athletes from all over the world will be chasing their dreams in Beijing. We look forward to all of this.
It is China’s promise to the world to host a simplified, safe and beautiful Olympic Games. We have every confidence and ability to honor this promise. Athletes from all countries are invited to experience Beijing and share the excitement and fun of the Winter Olympics in February 2022.
Hubei Media Group: Hate crimes against people of Asian descent increased 76% in the United States in 2020, according to data re-released by the FBI on October 25. What is China’s comment?
Zhao Lijian: The number you mentioned is heartbreaking. In fact, since the COVID-19 outbreak, bullying and even attacks against people of Asian descent has abounded in the United States. According to a survey report on young Asian Americans published on the National Broadcasting Corporation website, over the past year, a quarter of young Asian Americans have become targets of racial discrimination and of intimidation, almost half of those questioned expressed pessimism about their situation, and a quarter of those questioned expressed fears for their situation and that of their family.
The latest issue embodies the grim record of human rights conditions in the United States. It is a known fact that the suffering of hate crimes is not confined to Asian Americans. The people who can’t breathe go beyond people like George Floyd, and systemic racism remains rampant in American society. People wonder: when will police brutality against racial minorities decrease and end in the United States? When will the Islamophobia that permeates American society end?
The latest figure also raises doubts about America’s motive to return to the UN Human Rights Council. Does he sincerely join to improve his own human rights conditions and participate in the promotion of global human rights development, or to continue to use human rights as a political tool and to stir up division and turmoil in places across the world? world in a way that serves its own geopolitics? interests? The United States should face and correct its own problems of human rights violations, stop bad movements of politicizing human rights issues or using them as tools, and take seriously the responsibility of respecting and protect human rights.
Global Times: The War Zone column of the US military site The Drive published an article in which a satellite image shows that the nuclear submarine USS Connecticut was returning to the US naval facility in Guam after it collided with an unknown object in South China Sea. , where the damage would be assessed and the vessel repaired. In fact, more than three weeks later, the US side has remained very low profile on various issues relating to the incident. Do you have a comment?
Zhao Lijian: The Chinese side has repeatedly expressed serious concerns about this and asked the US side to clarify.
However, so far we have only seen a brief and vague statement issued by the US military procrastinatingly, and confirmation by a so-called informant that the incident took place in the South China Sea. . Such an irresponsible and prudent practice gives the countries of the region and the international community every reason to question the truth of the incident and the intention of the United States.
For quite a long time, the United States stoked unrest in the South China Sea under the guise of “freedom of navigation”, posing serious threats and major risks to peace and stability in the region. China and other South China Sea states are justified in asking the United States to answer the following questions: What was the USS Connecticut doing secretly in the China Sea? southern this time? What did he collide with? Why did this collision happen? Has there been a nuclear leak that creates nuclear contamination in the marine environment? As a party directly involved, it is the responsibility of the United States to provide a detailed explanation in response to the concerns and doubts of countries in the region and the international community.
In the meantime, I also want to stress that the South China Sea is where all countries in the region feel at home, not a hunting ground for the United States to pursue geopolitical interests. The United States has frequently sent large numbers of military ships and planes to the South China Sea to provocate, stir up trouble and flex muscles. Such measures have undermined freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and threatened the sovereignty and security of China and other countries, making the United States the largest militarizing force in the South China Sea. The United States should change course and stop such wrongdoing, and play a positive role in maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea.
MASTV: KCNA recently reported that DPRK Deputy Foreign Minister Pak Myong Ho said the US clamor for Taiwan independence is exacerbating military tensions and may increase tensions on the Korean Peninsula. He also said that the DPRK supports China’s reunification position. What’s your comment ?
Zhao Lijian: Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory. The Taiwan question is purely an internal Chinese affair, which does not allow any interference from outside forces. China will firmly defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, oppose any country’s interference in the Taiwan issue and acts that undermine regional peace and stability. As a close and friendly neighbor, China will strengthen communication and cooperation with the DPRK, preserve the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the entire region, and defend the common interests of the two countries.
Bloomberg: The United States and China have made progress in trade negotiations today. What further progress could be made if the United States does not remove tariffs on Chinese exports and sanctions against Chinese companies?
Zhao Lijian: I refer you to the competent authorities in China for your specific question.
Yonhap News Agency: Former President of the Republic of Korea Roh Tae-woo passed away today. During his tenure, the Republic of Korea and China established diplomatic relations. Do you have a comment?
Zhao Lijian: As you said, Mr. Roh Tae-woo was friendly towards China. He made important contributions to the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Republic of Korea and the development of bilateral relations. We deeply mourn his passing and extend our deepest condolences to his family.
Bloomberg: Will Xi Jinping attend COP26 in Scotland soon?
Zhao Lijian: My colleagues and I have answered the question several times. I have no more information to offer.
MASTV: There are reports that Joseph Wu will soon be visiting Slovakia and the Czech Republic. What’s your comment ?
Zhao Lijian: Joseph Wu is a typical âTaiwan independenceâ separatist, who makes such visits with the real purpose of defending âTaiwan independenceâ and separatism, creating the illusion of âone China, a Taiwan â, and opposing China and the countries that it has diplomatic relations with each other and undermine their relations. China expresses its strong opposition to the connivance of certain countries with the separatists of “Taiwan independence” and calls on countries to respect the principle of one China and not to create platforms for the activities of the separatists of ” Taiwan independence â. We also warn the Taiwanese authorities that any attempt to seek “Taiwan independence” by soliciting foreign support is doomed to failure. China is firmly committed to safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and will take all necessary measures to resolutely crush all attempts at “Taiwan independence.”