Foreign Ministry Spokesperson
Q: US-elected President Trump said the US would withdraw from the "Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement" (TPP) negotiations after he took office. What does this mean for China? Does this mean that the RCEP and FTAAP negotiations, led by China, will gain more momentum? Will China make better use of regional and global leadership?
A: We have elaborated on China's position on relevant issues several times. I would like to point out that, first of all, China is in principle open to all free trade arrangements that contribute to economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region, promote regional trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, and promote development and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. At the same time, we hope that the FTA will comply with WTO rules and contribute to the promotion of the multilateral trading system. It is hoped that the free trade arrangements in the Asia-Pacific region will be mutually reinforcing rather than mutually exclusive. We must prevent fragmentation of the FTA in the Asia-Pacific region and prevent it from being politicized.
Second, as you mentioned the TPP process of new changes means that the Chinese-led RCEP process will be greatly accelerated, first of all, I want to correct, RCEP process is dominated by the ASEAN as the core. For a long time, China and ASEAN and other relevant parties have been actively promoting RCEP negotiations. We are willing to continue to work with the parties to promote the negotiation process and strive for positive progress at an early date.
Thirdly, at the 24th APEC Economic Leaders' Informal Meeting in Lima, Peru, member economies have held in-depth discussions on economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region. They have also launched an Asia-Pacific open economy and continued to deepen their economic development. Regional integration process, against the strong signal of trade protectionism, and agreed to continue to promote the Asia-Pacific free trade area process. China has also actively participated in the relevant discussions. I believe that this strong signal from the APEC meeting will help promote regional and world trade and economic development.
Q: At present, a large number of Myanmar border residents have entered the territory of China. Can you introduce the latest situation, including the situation of the Chinese Government in settling the border people?
A: Yesterday I introduced the situation. According to the present situation, about 3,000 Burmese border people to avoid war into China. Due to humanitarian considerations, the Chinese local government to properly resettle, and the injured sent to the Chinese hospital for treatment. We hope that the war subsided, the situation relaxed, the people of Myanmar to return home as soon as possible.
Q: It is reported that a suicide bomb attack on a Shiite mosque in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, has caused many casualties. What is China's comment? How to assess the current situation in Afghanistan?
A: China strongly condemns this terrorist attack, expresses its condolences to the victims and expresses sincere sympathy to the injured and the bereaved families. China hopes for an early peace and stability in Afghanistan, will continue to firmly support the Afghan government and people to fight terrorism, safeguard national stability and people's unremitting efforts.
Q: It is reported that Fukushima Prefecture in Japan on the 22nd Richter 7.4 earthquake. How does China respond to this? Are there any casualties of Chinese citizens in the earthquake?
A: We are sympathetic to the strong earthquake in Fukushima near Japan today.
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