At the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will pay an official visit to China from August 30 to September 6. Prime Minister Trudeau will also attend the 11th G20 Summit.
Q: Tomorrow marks the 24th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the ROK. What is China's comment on that? Will there be any special commemorative events here in China?
A: The ROK is an important neighbor of ours. Since its inception in 1992, China-ROK relationship has achieved sound and fast growth, making strides in all aspects. The relationship has encountered some problems at the moment, which is not what we want to see. We set great store by developing relationship with the ROK and wish for sound, sustained and better growth of the relationship. And that requires the two sides to work toward the same goal.
Q: Japanese official sources were cited by the Japanese media as saying that Chinese and Japanese foreign ministers will touch upon sensitive issues such as East and South China Seas during their meeting on the sidelines of the China-Japan-ROK foreign ministers' meeting. Can you confirm that?
A: As I said yesterday, Foreign Minister Wang Yi is traveling to Japan for the 8th China-Japan-ROK foreign ministers' meeting which is a multilateral event. As is usually the case when it comes to multilateral meetings, parties will have bilateral contact and exchanges with each other.
Speaking of China-Japan relations, Japan has taken a series of negative moves on relations with China, and on the issue of the South China Sea in particular. The Japanese side insists on launching negative publicity campaigns in disregard of the view shared by other countries in the region and the majority of the international community. Foreign Minister Wang Yi will definitely make clear China's solemn position with the Japanese side during their contact on the sidelines of the meeting, asking the Japanese side to take concrete steps and come back to the track of working alongside China for the sound and steady growth of bilateral relations.
Q: Over a thousand people from the Chinese community in France took to the street on August 21 in Paris to protest against the deadly assault earlier this month on a Chinese living in France. It is learnt that there will be a bigger demonstration on September 4. What is your comment on that? Is the Chinese government concerned about the situation of Chinese people living in France?
A: We are highly concerned about this case. The Chinese government pays great attention to the safety and lawful rights and interests of overseas Chinese, and measures adopted by the receiving states to protect them. We believe it is justified for people from the Chinese community in France to require the French government, the law enforcement authorities in particular, to find out and punish the perpetrators after the tragic incident took place.