China Daily MOFA Briefing

(14 May 2024)

Beijing – 14 May 2024
Spokesperson: Wang Wenbin
Duration: 4:17

1. Could you introduce President Putin’s visit to China and what is China’s expectations?

At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay a state visit to China from May 16 to 17, the first visit since his new term as president began. During the visit, President Xi and President Putin will exchange views on bilateral relations, cooperation in various fields and regional and international issues of mutual interest against the backdrop of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of China-Russia diplomatic relations. Details of the visit will be released in a timely manner.

2. Could you introduce the China-US AI meeting in Geneva?

As agreed by the two sides, China and the U.S. will hold the first meeting of the inter-governmental dialogue on artificial intelligence (AI) in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 14, to exchange views on the technological risks of AI, global governance and other issues of respective concern.

3. Could you confirm if the U.S. and Taiwan held a joint exercise in the Pacific last month?

We noted the accidental encounter between the U.S. and Taiwanese ships as the media reported. I want to stress that China’s opposition to U.S.-Taiwan military ties is consistent and clear. We urge the U.S. to earnestly abide by the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-U.S. joint communiqués, and to stop its wrong moves of military collusion with Taiwan.
Also, we would like to warn the DPP authorities that seeking independence or rejecting unification by force are both dead ends and doomed to failure.

4. Recently, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, in an interview with U.S. media, once again talked about China’s so-called overcapacity in the field of new energy goods such as electric vehicles. Yellen said the U.S. offers targeted investment subsidies in strategic areas such as clean energy, electric vehicles, batteries, and renewable energy to compete with Chinese companies and labor. What’s your comment?

According to the logic of the U.S., subsidies by the U.S. are the investment in important industries, while subsidies by other countries are worrisome unfair competition. The U.S. exporting products with comparative advantages to the world is free trade, while other countries’ exports with comparative advantages are overcapacity. The U.S. actions can be described with a Chinese saying as " “forbidding others to do what it is doing itself”", as a U.S. saying goes " do as I say not as I do.” In short, the U.S. is suppressing other countries’ advanced industries under the banner of overcapacity, engaging in protectionism under the pretext of fair competition, and trampling on the principles of market economy and international economic and trade rules, which is outright hegemonism and bullying.

5. It has been reported that the British Government has recently arrested three persons related to Hong Kong and charged them with espionage. Can you provide more information?

China is gravely concerned about the arrest and prosecution of the Chinese national and strongly urges the UK to earnestly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese nationals in the UK. For some time, the British side has been hyping the so-called Chinese spying and Chinese cyber attacks. This series of accusations are purely groundless, malicious and unacceptable. China firmly opposes such despicable acts of political manipulation in the name of justice and national security.

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