Ministry of Foreign Affairs:When can the United States invite WHO experts to visit Fort Detrick?
People’s Daily Online, Beijing, June 10, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website news, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin presided over today’s routine reporter meeting. The transcript of the press conference is as follows:
CCTV reporter:We have noticed that since the outbreak, in order to assist overseas Chinese citizens in vaccinating, China has previously issued the”Spring Seed” operation. At the same time, China has also introduced many measures to facilitate the vaccination of foreigners in China. Can you tell us more about the situation?
Wang Wenbin:Since the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia, the party and the government have been concerned about the safety and health of every overseas Chinese citizen. On March 7, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced the launch of the”Spring Seed Operation” at this year’s two sessions press conference. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and various embassies and consulates abroad are actively assisting our compatriots abroad to vaccinate. At present, more than 1.18 million overseas Chinese citizens have been vaccinated against Chinese and foreign new crowns in more than 150 countries.”Chun Miao Operation” received wide praise from compatriots at home and abroad, and everyone said that”Chun Miao Operation warms people’s hearts” and”feeled the warmth from the motherland from thousands of miles away.”
In the next stage, we will continue to strengthen communication and cooperation with relevant countries. Under the premise of complying with the laws and regulations of the host country and respecting the wishes of citizens, we will provide assistance for more overseas Chinese citizens to vaccinate locally. Maintain the health and safety of overseas Chinese citizens.
At the same time, the Chinese government attaches great importance to safeguarding and protecting the life and health of foreigners in China. In order to ensure that foreigners work, live and study in China, and to build an effective immune barrier to the maximum, China will include the appropriate age group of foreigners in China into the scope of domestic vaccines. Various localities in the country take measures to adapt to local conditions and take multiple measures. By creating convenient online appointment channels, publishing multilingual appointment registration mini-programs, selecting international hospital outpatient clinics as foreign-related vaccination sites, and equipping foreign language volunteers, etc., it is convenient for foreigners to be vaccinated. Praise from all parties. Up to now, more than 200,000 foreigners in China have been vaccinated against the new crown.
Associated Press reporter:According to reports, when U.S. President Biden attends the G7 summit this week, he will announce that the U.S. will donate 500 million to the”New Coronary Pneumonia Vaccine Implementation Plan” (COVAX) Pfizer vaccine. what opinions do the Chinese have on this issue? Does China plan to increase the number of vaccines donated to COVAX?
Wang Wenbin:Everyone knows that the US has always said that US vaccines should be given priority to American people. Now that the US has proposed to donate vaccines to COVAX, we hope that the US can act as soon as possible.
China has always maintained that, as a powerful weapon to defeat the epidemic, vaccines should be used as a global public product to maximize the benefit of more people around the world. We have always called on the international community to unite in the fight against the epidemic, and hope that major countries in vaccine research and development and production will take their responsibilities and support COVAX with practical actions to make vaccines affordable and available to developing countries as soon as possible.
The Chinese government and enterprises have carried out extensive vaccine cooperation with partners from various countries through donations, exports, and joint production, and worked with all parties to promote the global fair and reasonable distribution of vaccines. With its own huge demand and tight supply of vaccines, China has done its best to provide vaccine assistance to more than 80 urgently needed developing countries and export vaccines to more than 40 countries. So far, it has supplied 350 million to international partners. It is the country that provides the most vaccines in the world. China has announced that it will provide the first batch of 10 million doses of vaccine to COVAX, which is clearly used in the urgent needs of developing countries. Not long ago, the first batch of vaccines has been officially offline. The WHO has included the vaccines of Sinopharm Group and Kexing Company in the emergency use list, which will promote Chinese vaccines to make greater contributions to the global fight against the epidemic.
Currently, the vast majority of developing countries are still facing special difficulties and challenges in obtaining vaccines and fighting the epidemic, and we empathize with this.
Not long ago, President Xi Jinping announced a series of new measures to support the global fight against the epidemic at the Global Health Summit. China will continue to adhere to the declaration of vaccines as a global public product, continue to provide more vaccines to the world as much as possible, and continue to support Chinese vaccine companies in technology transfer and cooperative production to developing countries, so that more countries, especially developing countries Vaccines can be used as soon as possible, strive to eliminate the”immune gap”, and work with all parties to build a human health community.
U.S. Topic News Agency reporter:Australian Prime Minister Morrison previously stated that the WTO should punish such acts when they occur. He also stated in a radio interview that Australian barley and red wine producers have been subject to trade sanctions”that we think are completely unreasonable” on the tariffs on Australian products exported to China. What is China’s comment?
Wang Wenbin:Regarding your first question, everyone knows that major Western countries are the main makers of WTO rules. Some countries have long adopted various measures to safeguard their hegemony and restrict the development of developing countries. Everyone has also seen who is deliberately manipulating and maliciously circumventing WTO rules, unilaterally obstructing the selection of judges of the Appellate Body and causing the dispute settlement mechanism to be paralyzed; and who is politicizing economic and trade issues, generalizing the concept of national security, and abusing the country Forces to contain and suppress enterprises in other countries. Australia should be very clear about this.
We have always resolutely opposed the politicization of economic and trade issues, all kinds of bullying and political manipulation, and we urge relevant countries to stop the wrong approach of waving the big stick of sanctions and exerting pressure on other countries, and we are safeguarding multilateral trade. More practical actions have been taken in the system and the promotion of fair trade to play more positive roles.
As for the second question you mentioned, China has adopted corresponding measures for foreign products exported to China in order to protect China’s domestic industries and consumer rights, and always strictly abide by Chinese laws and regulations and WTO rules. Completely reasonable and legal.
Xinhua News Agency reporter:In the Mongolian presidential election held yesterday, the chairman of the Mongolian People’s Party and the former prime minister, Khril Suh, was elected by an overwhelming advantage. What is China’s comment?
Wang Wenbin:Mr. Khurylsukh is a Mongolian politician familiar to the Chinese people. He has been actively committed to the friendly cooperation between China and Mongolia for a long time and has made important contributions to the development of bilateral relations. We congratulate him on his election as President of Mongolia.
China and Mongolia are friendly neighbors and sincere cooperative partners linked by mountains and rivers. In recent years, relations between the two countries have maintained a good momentum of development. Since the outbreak of the new crown epidemic, the two sides have worked together to fight the epidemic and achieved positive results. China is willing to continue to work with Mongolia to jointly promote China-Mongolia comprehensive strategic partnership to achieve new and greater development on the existing basis.
AFP reporter:US President Biden revoked the administrative ban on Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat issued by the former president on the grounds of national security. How does China comment on this progress?
Wang Wenbin:I have noticed the relevant report. You can consult the competent authority and relevant enterprises for the specific situation. As a principle, China has always urged the US to respect the principles of market economy and international economic and trade rules, stop generalizing the concept of national security, stop abusing national power to suppress Chinese technology companies unreasonably, and treat Chinese companies in a fair, just, and non-discriminatory manner. The Chinese government will continue to firmly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of domestic enterprises.
Bloomberg reporter:I have two questions. The first problem is that US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin issued an order to reorganize the US military to better compete with China. The U.S. Department of Defense stated that this initiative”is designed to focus on departmental processes and procedures and to better help the heads of various departments to contribute to the government’s response to China’s challenges.” Does China worry about the above-mentioned developments? The second question is that US President Biden is going to Europe to participate in the G7 summit as part of his plan to build an alliance to check and balance China. Some critics say that in the 20 years since China joined the World Trade Organization, it has used WTO rules to invest up to 500 billion US dollars in state subsidies to build leading companies in industries such as robots, airplanes, and electric vehicles. Does the Ministry of Foreign Affairs comment on this allegation and the alliance plan promoted by the United States?
Wang Wenbin:First answer your first question. Some people in the United States stick to the Cold War and zero-sum mentality. Whenever they talk about the building of national defense capabilities, they will definitely call it a”Chinese challenge.” Playing the”China card” has become a necessary excuse for the United States to increase its military expenditure and expand its military power. The so-called”response to China’s challenges” by the US contains the evil intentions of seeking unlimited hegemony and absolute security to contain China.
Everyone knows that the total military expenditure of the United States ranks first in the world. It is equivalent to the sum of the military expenditures of the following nine countries for many years, and is about four times that of China. Everyone knows that the United States has more than 800 overseas military bases around the world, and it has not fought a war in only 16 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. It’s clear who is the threat and who is the challenge.
We urge the US to abandon the outdated Cold War zero-sum mentality, view China’s development objectively and rationally, stop talking about China at every turn, and play a constructive role for peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, not the other way around.
As for the second question you mentioned, I want to point out that advocating confrontation is definitely on the wrong path. Peaceful development and win-win cooperation are the trend of the times and the common aspiration of all countries. The practice of forming cliques to engage in group politics and”small circles” is unpopular and is doomed to nowhere. We hope that relevant countries can abandon ideological prejudice, view China objectively and rationally, and do more to promote international cooperation in the fight against the epidemic, promote world economic recovery, and help developing countries accelerate development.
I also want to emphasize that since China joined the WTO 20 years ago, China has always fulfilled its contract and kept its promises. It has taken an active part in safeguarding WTO rules and firmly defending the multilateral trading system with the WTO at its core. We hope relevant countries can uphold an open, inclusive, and cooperative attitude when discussing global issues, and play more active roles in maintaining the multilateral trading system and promoting the stable recovery of the world economy.
Yonhap News Agency reporter:On June 9, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a telephone conversation with South Korean Foreign Minister Zheng Yirong. The two foreign ministers chose to call at the time point before the G7 summit to arouse media attention. We noticed that State Councilor Wang Yi mentioned the United States in the phone call. Can this be interpreted as China’s intention to contain the United States before the G7 summit? How does the Ministry of Foreign Affairs comment on this call?
Wang Wenbin:The phone call between the foreign ministers of China and South Korea was first based on the need for communication between the two parties. Regarding the call situation, the Chinese side has already released information. The Chinese side believes that the call is a success, and the foreign ministers of the two countries have reached many important consensuses on China-ROK relations and issues of common concern. The Chinese side is willing to work with the South Korean side to implement the relevant consensus and promote the further development of China-South Korea relations.
Kyodo News reporter:The anti-foreign sanctions law has just been passed by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress. Can you introduce the significance of the relevant legislation? Will this law affect China’s diplomatic relations with some countries?
Wang Wenbin:You mentioned the enactment and passage of the Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law. We have previously stated our principled position on this issue.
I would like to reiterate that in order to resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, dignity and core interests, and oppose Western hegemonism and power politics, the Chinese government has repeatedly announced the implementation of corresponding countermeasures against entities and individuals in relevant countries this year. . At the same time, all walks of life also believe that it is necessary for the country to formulate a special anti-foreign sanctions law to provide strong legal protection and support for China to counter foreign discriminatory measures in accordance with the law.
As for whether the law you mentioned will affect the relationship between China and other countries, this kind of worry is completely unnecessary.
The Paper:According to reports, on June 9th, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga stated during a debate with the opposition party leaders that Australia, New Zealand, and Taiwan’s anti-epidemic measures were strictly restricted. Private rights of citizens. what opinions do the Chinese have on this issue?
Wang Wenbin:I have noticed related reports. Japanese leaders have openly called Taiwan a so-called country, seriously violating the principles of the four political documents including the Sino-Japanese Joint Declaration and seriously violating Japan’s solemn promise to”not regard Taiwan as a country” made many times so far. China expresses its strong dissatisfaction with Japan’s erroneous remarks, and has lodged solemn representations with Japan, asking Japan to immediately make clear clarifications, eliminate the bad effects that have already caused, and ensure that such situations do not occur again.
There is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory. The Taiwan issue concerns the political foundation of Sino-Japanese relations, the basic faith between the two countries, and the international rule of law and justice. We seriously urge the Japanese side to earnestly abide by its promises on the Taiwan issue, be cautious in words and deeds, and must not damage China’s sovereignty in any form or send wrong signals to the”Taiwan independence” forces in any form.
Reporter from Beijing Youth Daily:We have noticed that experts from the Wuhan Institute of Virology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently stated that the so-called”Wuhan laboratory leak” is a complete falsehood. If you have evidence, ask them to show it. No one at the Wuhan Institute of Virology has ever been infected with the new crown virus. The “three employees of the Institute of Virology” reported by individual foreign media are completely false news. What is China’s comment?
Wang Wenbin:Experts from the Wuhan Institute of Virology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have repeatedly stated that the personnel of the Institute have never been infected with the new crown virus. The so-called”virus leaked from the Wuhan laboratory” is purely a rumor. At the beginning of this year, the WHO joint expert group visited the Wuhan Virus Research Institute and conducted in-depth exchanges with experts from the institute. The expert group agreed that it is extremely unlikely that the virus could be caused by a laboratory accident. Dassak, a member of the WHO international expert group and chairman of the”Ecological Health Alliance”, also pointed out in an interview with the US media a few days ago that”there is no evidence that the virus is made in a laboratory.” He also said:”We have cooperated with Wuhan Institute of Virology for 15 years, and we know that there is no new coronavirus in their laboratory.”
Although Chinese and foreign experts and the World Health Organization have put forward authoritative and scientific opinions on the so-called “laboratory leaking virus”, some American politicians and media still hype “the virus is leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Came out” and advocated an”investigation.” This can’t help but remind people of the scene that the United States played up”Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction” in the international arena nearly 20 years ago, and created momentum for the launch of the Iraq war. The two methods are exactly the same, ignoring the opinions of international authoritative institutions, making guilty inferences, citing some officials or intelligence personnel with no real basis to deceive people, and even the so-called authors who spread false information are the same person. According to reports, Michael Gordon, who recently hyped the Wuhan Institute of Virology as the source of the virus in the media, was the initiator of the”aluminum tube story” in Iraq in September 2002. People can’t help but ask, the United States launched the Iraq War on the grounds of the fictitious”Iraq threat of weapons of mass destruction” in order to achieve its own geopolitical goals. What is the intention to conduct a so-called”investigation” of China?
If the real purpose of the United States is to trace the source of the virus, why not rely on scientists but use the intelligence agency as the leading force?
If the US is trying to figure out the source of the virus, why does it have to draw a conclusion within 90 days? Everyone knows that it often takes a long time to trace the source of a virus, and it may not be possible to find a clear answer for several years or even more than ten years. What kind of conclusion will the intelligence personnel reach within 90 days?
If the U.S. really attaches importance to transparency, China has invited WHO experts to come to China for traceability studies twice, and WHO experts have also visited various biological laboratories including the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the United States When can I invite WHO experts to take a look at Fort Detrick?
It must be pointed out that the politicization of traceability serves the self-interest of the United States and harms the international public welfare and the lives and health of the people of all countries. This should be vigilant and opposed by the international community.