|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning’s Regular Press Conference on November 18, 2022|
CCTV: Recently, some people outside China commented that China has changed. They said China has become more “aggressive” and has posed “challenges” and even “threats” to other countries. What’s China’s response?
Mao Ning: There is great continuity and stability in China’s policies. China has always been a builder of world peace, a defender of international order, and a contributor to global development.
President Xi Jinping stressed in his written speech at the APEC CEO Summit yesterday the importance to follow a path of peaceful development, openness and inclusiveness, and solidarity. This is the valuable experience the Asia-Pacific region has gained through its development over the past decades, and more importantly, the goal that China and other countries in the region need to remain committed to.
The world has entered a new period of fluidity and change. Peace and development faces daunting challenges and the international community needs to jointly respond to the changes of the world, the times and history. China has always been committed to its foreign policy goals of upholding world peace and promoting common development, and it is dedicated to promoting a human community with a shared future. More than anything else, we Chinese hope to see peace and stability. To follow the path of peaceful development is a strategic choice made by us in the fundamental interests of the Chinese people. No matter how the international landscape may evolve, we will stay committed to peace, development, cooperation, and delivering mutual benefit. We will strive to safeguard world peace and development as we pursue our own development, and we will make greater contribution to world peace and development through our own development.
Yonhap News Agency: According to reports, the DPRK fired a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile into the waters east of the Korean Peninsula today. What’s China’s comment?
Mao Ning: China is following the developments on the Korean Peninsula. A peaceful and stable Peninsula and keeping the situation from deteriorating and escalating is in the common interests of the entire international community. We hope all parties will stay committed to seeking a political settlement, and address each other’s concerns in a balanced way through meaningful dialogue.
Bloomberg: Just to follow up on that, will China support UN sanctions against North Korea over the ICBM launch?
Mao Ning: Our position is consistent. We hope all parties will stay committed to seeking a political settlement, and address each other’s concerns in a balanced way through meaningful dialogue.
Reuters: Does China support proposals made by the European Union at climate talks yesterday to establish a climate loss and damage fund for most vulnerable countries and to bring global emissions to a peak by as early as 2025?
Mao Ning: Consensus has been reached under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement on the principles and goals of the global climate response. The main goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR). To achieve this goal, developed countries should take a lead in drastically cutting their carbon emissions and reach net zero carbon emissions earlier, and create space for developing countries’ sustainable development. Developed countries also need to take credible steps to fully fulfill their obligations of supporting developing countries in finance, technology and capacity-building.
China hopes that COP27 will be a meeting that focuses on implementation. It is expected to fully and faithfully implement the principles and goals of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, advocate the translation of the goals of Nationally Determined Contributions into concrete actions, make substantive progress in adaptation and finance, which are among the biggest concern to developing countries, and advance the building of a global climate governance system that is equitable, reasonable and win-win.
Bloomberg: Earlier this week, the UK ordered China’s Wingtech Technology company to undo its acquisition of Britain’s biggest microchip factory. And that was more than a year after the deal had been closed. The reasons behind this were cited as national security concerns. What does the foreign ministry make of this decision by the UK government to undo the deal between a Chinese company and this British microchip factory?
Mao Ning: The company concerned has issued a statement on this. Its UK Country Manager commented that this decision sends a clear signal that the UK is closed for business. The UK has overstretched the concept of national security and abused state power to directly interfere in a Chinese company’s normal investment cooperation in Britain. This violates the lawful rights and interests of the company concerned, and the market economy principles and international trade rules which the UK has long claimed itself to be a champion of. We firmly oppose the UK’s move, and call on the UK to respect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies and provide a fair, just and non-discriminatory business environment.