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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s Regular Press Conference on January 25, 2024

AFP The European Union yesterday announced a plan to strengthen economic security and prevent geopolitical rivals from gaining access to sensitive technologies, as part of the “de-risking” strategy toward China pushed by President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. How does China view the plan released by the EU yesterday?
Wang Wenbin We noted relevant report. In recent years, the international community has expressed concerns about the EU’s protectionist and unilateral moves in economy and trade, and relevant moves will exacerbate such concerns. We hope that the EU will abide by the basic norms of market economy including free trade, fair competition and open cooperation, observe WTO rules, and avoid introducing any policies and measures that roll back globalization and overstretch the concept of security. This bears on the image of the EU in the international economic and trade field, and more importantly, on the confidence of companies from China and other countries in Europe’s business environment.
The Paper The US magazine Foreign Policy published an article a few days ago, pointing out that the Red Sea crisis proves that China’s Belt and Road Initiative is very important as it is a blueprint for what every nation needs in an age of uncertainty and disruption. There is precisely one pathway for a world plagued by dire mistrust and unpredictable crises to take meaningful collective action in the global public interest—and that is to build more pathways for supply to meet demand. More belts, more roads. China is the one country that has known this—and acted on it—for years. What is your comment on this?
Wang Wenbin We noted the article and also noted another recent article published by the US magazine The Diplomat, considering the possibility of complementarity between the Belt and Road Initiative and infrastructure aid programs of Western countries, rather than being outright competitors. What these two articles pointed out are simply objective facts that anyone without tinted glasses can see at a glance.
In the past decade and more since President Xi Jinping proposed the BRI, Belt and Road cooperation has expanded beyond the Eurasian continent to Africa and Latin America, and from “hard connectivity” to “soft connectivity” and to the connectivity between the people. BRI has built up the world’s largest platform that covers the widest range of international cooperation. Thanks to the Belt and Road cooperation, cooperation in infrastructure, connectivity and other fields have been given wide attention around the world, injecting strong impetus to keeping international industrial and supply chains stable and boosting the inclusive and sustainable growth of global economy. The vision of high-quality Belt and Road cooperation supported by the spirit of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, open, green and clean cooperation, and a high-standard, people-centered and sustainable approach has been incorporated into important documents of the UN and multilateral regional mechanisms, which demonstrates the common aspiration and strong consensus for Belt and Road cooperation in the international community.
As the world enters a new period of turbulence and transformation, more and more people realized why we need the BRI in today’s world. BRI advocates the approach of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, instead of supremacy. BRI advances connectivity, instead of decoupling and division. BRI pursues win-win cooperation, instead of antagonism and confrontation. China stands ready to work with all countries to deepen international Belt and Road cooperation, build more “belts of development” and “roads to happiness” to deliver benefit for all countries and contribute more to realizing global modernization featuring peaceful development, mutually beneficial cooperation and prosperity for all.
Reuters On January 24, Boeing delivered its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 to China Southern Airlines in Seattle since March 2019. Why would China resume deliveries when the safety of Boeing aircraft is under strict scrutiny?
Wang Wenbin On questions about specific business activities, I’d refer you to relevant companies. What I can share with you is that on December 8, 2023, China’s competent authorities completed the design approval of Boeing 737 Max 8 in accordance with China Civil Aviation Regulations, and the aircraft was deemed ready for delivery.
Beijing Daily China National Intellectual Property Administration said recently, by the end of 2023, China (excluding Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) owned 4.015 million domestic invention patents, making itself one of the world’s leading countries in the area of IP. How do you see the impact of China’s achievements in innovation and IPR protection on the world?
Wang Wenbin The number of invention patents is an important indicator to measure a country’s scientific and technological development and economic growth. In 1985, China officially implemented its first Patent Law. It used to take 31 years for China to have 1 million domestic invention patents in force, but now it only takes one year and a half to have another one. China has become the first country in the world with more than 4 million domestic invention patents in force, whose impetus for innovation and vitality for development continue to thrive and upgrade.