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中英对照:2024年1月25日外交部发言人汪文斌主持例行记者会 [3]

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s Regular Press Conference on January 25, 2024 [3]

The entry into force of the agreement before the Chinese New Year of the Dragon is a new year gift for the peoples of the two countries. It will further enhance cultural and people-to-people exchanges between China and Singapore and promote the steady progress of bilateral relations and cooperation in various areas.
Reuters Tesla CEO Elon Musk said yesterday that Chinese car companies are the most competitive car companies in the world and they will have significant success outside of China, depending on what kind of tariffs or trade barriers are established. If there are not trade barriers established, they would demolish most car companies in the world. What is China’s comment on this?
Wang Wenbin I haven’t seen relevant reports. I would like to stress that all parties need to safeguard the fair, just, open and non-discriminatory business environment and observe market economy principles and WTO rules.
Dragon TV The Zheng Lvcheng music festival is held every year in Gwangju where Zheng Lvcheng, one of the most excellent composers in China’s modern history, was born. We noted recent reports that the festival will be slashed even canceled this year. The exhibition hall and memorial park for Zheng Lvcheng that are in the pipeline may be renamed without citing his name. His large portrait on the wall of the Elementary School where he attended may also be demolished. What’s your comment?
Wang Wenbin Mr. Zheng Lvcheng is a respectable and famous musician. Born in Gwangju in the southern Korean peninsula, he fought for the March 1st Movement in China in his early years, later worked and lived in DPRK and China, and became a naturalized Chinese citizen. For years, relevant localities in ROK have built spontaneously facilities in commemoration of him and held some cultural activities related to him, boosting China-ROK friendship. I want to stress that when commenting on famous domestic and international figures that have something to do with its country’s history, the government should respect facts and take an objective and just position. There is no need to get ideological on such things. For any country, relations and people-to-people friendship with other countries should not be affected by its domestic political disputes.
Reuters Japanese business leaders visited China and met with Premier Li Qiang this week. According to Japanese media reports, one of their concerns is on China’s Counterespionage Law and the detention of Japanese nationals accused of engaging in espionage activities. Will China take measures to ensure the lawful rights and interests of the Japanese business community in China are protected?
Wang Wenbin First, to answer your question about the Counterespionage Law: according to the principle of sovereignty, every country has the right to safeguard national security through domestic legislation, which is a universal practice. All the law enforcement and judicial activities of China are carried out based on facts and the law. Companies that conduct lawful operation have nothing to worry about. We welcome companies from all countries, including Japanese companies, to seize China’s development opportunities and share in China’s development dividends, so as to realize greater development.
You mentioned the visit to China by the delegation of Japan’s economic sector. I would like to share with you more about the visit.
This morning, Premier of the State Council Li Qiang met with the delegation of Japan’s economic sector led by Chairman of the Japan Business Federation Tokura Masakazu, Chairman of the Japan-China Economic Association Shindo Kosei and Chairman of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kobayashi Ken at the Great Hall of the People. Over 200 leaders of Japan’s major companies attended the meeting.
Premier Li Qiang stated that the China-Japan relations are at an important juncture of taking stock of the past and envisioning the future. In November last year, President Xi Jinping met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in San Francisco and the two leaders reached important common understandings, providing important strategic guidance for the growth of China-Japan relations. All sectors in China and Japan need to work together to revisit our original aspiration of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries, adhere to the right direction of peace, friendship and cooperation and implement the political consensus that they should be cooperative partners rather than threats to each other, so as to bring the China-Japan relations back to the track of sound development. China hopes that Japan can properly handle historical, Taiwan-related and other issues of principle.