Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi answers questions on China's foreign policies and foreign relations at a press conference on the sidelines of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress in Beijing, capital of China, March 8, 2018. (Xinhua/Li Xin)
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met the press Thursday morning on the sidelines of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress.
Wang briefed journalists from home and abroad on China's foreign policies and answered questions on a wide range of diplomatic issues.
The following are the highlights of this news conference.
Diplomatic agenda in 2018
First, Boao Forum for Asia annual conference will take place in Hainan this April, and focus on reform and opening-up.
Second, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit will take place in Qingdao this June, and focus on revitalizing the Shanghai Spirit.
Third, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit will take place in Beijing this September, and focus on the Belt and Road Initiative.
Fourth, the First China International Import Expo will take place in Shanghai this November, and focus on further market opening.
President Xi's leadership and charisma has earned him and his country many good friends, among foreign leaders who represent a diverse range of cultures and social systems.
Belt and Road Initiative
Everything is in the open. There is no backroom deal, and every step is transparent. It would be high-standard and economically viable, beneficial to the world as well as to China.
Despite elements of competition, China-U.S. ties are defined more by partnership, not rivalry. China has no need or intention to replace the United States' international role.
Trade war is never the right solution, as it will harm both the initiator as well as the target country in a globalized world. In the event of a trade war, China will make a justified and necessary response.
The China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination is as stable as Mount Tai. "Sky is the limit" for bilateral cooperation. There is always room to make the relationship even better.
China would always support European integration and had faith in Europe's future. China wants to partner with Europe to create a more stable world in what are uncertain times.
China is willing to work with Japan to restore the relationship to healthy and steady growth, as long as Japan "does not prevaricate, flip-flop or backpedal and instead accepts and welcomes China's development."
China will continue to put the cooperation with ASEAN high on its agenda of international cooperation this year. China looks to upgrade the strategic partnership and build a closer community of shared future with ASEAN.
The Chinese "dragon" and the Indian "elephant" must not fight but dance with each other. With political trust, not even the Himalayas can stop us from friendly exchanges. Without it, not even level land can bring us together.
Africa's concerns are China's concerns. Africa's priorities are China's priorities. As we work together for a community with a shared future for humanity, African brothers and sisters are welcome to get on board China's fast train of development.
Wang Yi cited a Chinese proverb: "Nothing not even mountains or oceans can separate those with a shared goal."
South China Sea issue
China has strong resolve and deep commitment to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea. China's position is firm and consistent.
Korean Peninsula issue
All relevant sides, particularly the U.S. and the DPRK, should make contact and conduct dialogue as soon as possible based on the "dual-track approach," advance denuclearization of the peninsula and promote peace mechanisms.
Here comes another moment of truth for the parties to demonstrate their seriousness about resolving the issue.
We must not let the opportunity slip by.
Helping settle regional flashpoints
In helping to settle regional flashpoints, China has its do's and don'ts. China takes a peaceful, justifiable and constructive approach to help settle regional flashpoints.
Refuting "China threat theory"
As China grows, the “China collapse theory” has collapsed and become an international laughing stock. Meanwhile, the “China threat theory” with its various sensational versions is losing market.
Refuting "Indo-Pacific" strategy
Stoking a new Cold War is out of sync with the times and inciting bloc confrontation will find no market.
China is positive about any open, transparent and inclusive agreement that reinforces regional economic integration and the WTO-centered global free trade system.
Xiongan New Area development
China will promote the Xiongan New Area to the world this year.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working on drafting legislation on consular protection and assistance. Public consultation will start after the two sessions.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao this year will be "a new milestone in the history of the SCO".
Countries breaking so-called "diplomatic ties" with Taiwan
Adhering to the one-China principle and not having official ties with Taiwan have become a generally observed norm in international relations.
It is a correct choice in line with the tide of history to establish diplomatic relations and carry out regular cooperation with the government of the People's Republic of China, the sole legal representative of the whole of China. Such a choice would best serve the long-term interest of these countries and their people. Of course this is the overriding trend and an unstoppable one.