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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s Regular Press Conference on May 9, 2023

发布时间 2023年05月09日
Published on May 09, 2023
CCTV President Xi Jinping’s special representative Vice President Han Zheng attended the coronation ceremony of King Charles III in the UK. Can you share more with us? 
Wang Wenbin President Xi Jinping’s special representative Vice President Han Zheng attended the coronation ceremony of King Charles III and relevant activities in London upon invitation a few days ago. The UK attached high importance to his attendance, received the Chinese delegation with premium courtesy and made thoughtful arrangements. King Charles III expressed appreciation to President Xi Jinping and his wife Professor Peng Liyuan for their congratulatory messages to him and the Queen, and welcome to Han Zheng attending the coronation ceremony as President Xi’s special representative. Han Zheng also met with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, The Prince of Wales and Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden, and attended a welcome dinner hosted by the business community.
During those events, Han Zheng shared China’s economic situation and policy orientation, highlighting the immense potential in China-UK cooperation and the need for the two governments to respond to businesses’ call for cooperation, keep bilateral relations stable and provide more policy support for a sound basis for mutually beneficial cooperation. Han stressed the need for the UK to provide an open, fair and non-discriminatory business environment for Chinese companies investing in the UK, and protect the safety of Chinese students and tourists and facilitate their travel and stay. The British side said it values UK-China relations and looks forward to high-level exchanges. It noted the two countries enjoy broad prospects for cooperation in areas such as green economy and sustainable development. It is important to build a stable and constructive bilateral relationship and make Chinese companies, students and tourists feel safe and welcome.
Han Zheng’s trip marked the first face-to-face exchange between Chinese and UK leaders since China’s “two sessions”. The delegation had deep-going exchanges with people from various sectors in the UK, reached broad common understandings on cooperation and achieved the purpose of the trip. China is ready to work with the UK for the sustained, sound and steady growth of bilateral relations.
Bloomberg Reports in Japanese media say that the US, Japan and South Korea are planning to link their radar systems to better track missiles from North Korea. So is China concerned that this will also allow greater surveillance of China by the US and its allies? And does this violate the “three noes” policy that was agreed on by China and the previous Moon administration? 
Wang Wenbin The issues on the Korean Peninsula are essentially political and security issues. They stem from the remnant of the Cold War and the absence of a peace mechanism. Using issues on the Korean Peninsula as a pretext to boost US-Japan-ROK military cooperation will not help remove the remnant of the Cold War or bring about a peace mechanism. It will only drive up the risks of bloc confrontation, take away the already fragile trust among parties in the region and hurt the strategic security interests of other countries. The parties concerned will be culpable if the Peninsula slides into a cycle of tension and arms race.  
You mentioned what was agreed to between China and the ROK on THAAD. Let me reiterate that when the Chinese and ROK foreign ministers met in Qingdao in August last year, they agreed that the two countries would properly handle the THAAD issue and make sure it does not become a stumbling block in bilateral relations. We hope the ROK will act on what was agreed to and continue to properly handle and manage this issue to prevent unnecessary disruption to bilateral relations.
AFP The Chinese foreign ministry declared a consul at Canada’s Consulate General in Shanghai persona non grata this afternoon and asked her to leave China no later than May 13. Could you offer more information on the reason behind this decision?
Wang Wenbin Despite China’s serious démarches, Canada declared a Chinese diplomat “persona non grata” based on the false accusation of Chinese interference in Canada’s internal affairs. We strongly condemn and firmly oppose this. China has lodged serious démarches and strong protests to Canada.
China never interferes in other countries’ internal affairs. The interference claims about China are unfounded. They are ideology- and politically driven manipulation designed to slander and denigrate China. Canada’s ill-founded decision to declare our diplomat “persona non grata” is an egregious move that violates the basic norms governing international relations, and a deliberate blow to Canada’s relations with China.