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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s Regular Press Conference on May 14, 2024

Xinhua News Agency China has just announced President Putin’s state visit to China. Can you share the arrangement and China’s expectation for the visit?
Wang Wenbin At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, Russian President Putin will pay a state visit to China from May 16 to 17—the first state visit since his new term as president began. During the visit, President Xi and President Putin will exchange views on bilateral relations, cooperation in various fields, and international and regional issues of mutual interest in light of the 75th anniversary of China-Russia diplomatic relations. Details about the visit will be released in a timely way.
TV Asahi It’s reported that the first meeting of China-US government talks on AI is being held today in Geneva, Switzerland. Can you share with us the topics and significance of the meeting?
Wang Wenbin To deliver on the common understandings reached by the two presidents in San Francisco, as agreed by the two sides, China and the US will hold the first meeting of China-US government talks on AI in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 14 local time to exchange views on the risks and global governance as well as other issues of respective concern on AI.
CRI It’s reported that a ceremony was held in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, for the official transfer of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway. The event also reviewed the performance of the railway over the past six years and envisioned its future. What’s China’s comment?
Wang Wenbin The Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway is the first standard gauge electrified transnational railway in East Africa. It is also a flagship project of Belt and Road cooperation between China, Ethiopia and Djibouti. We have prepared some slides to share more with you about the cooperation on the project.
Since its operation, the railway has created over 55,000 local jobs, greatly boosted connectivity between Ethiopia and Djibouti and injected strong impetus into the economic and social development of the two countries.
As we in China often say, it is more important to teach people how to fish than just giving them fish. The Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway is the best example in this regard. China not only worked with Ethiopia and Djibouti to build a modern railway, but also trained and accredited more than 2,800 local workers in the past six years, helping to build a capable local team. The handover ceremony marked the successful completion of the Chinese team’s participation in the operation and maintenance of the railway and a new beginning of the railway as the African team fully took over its operation. China will continue to work with the two countries to continue the success of this railway, so that it leads to more prosperity and mutually beneficial cooperation and progress of high-quality Belt and Road cooperation between China and Africa, and contribute to our common development.
AFP According to reports, the US and Taiwan “navies” conducted some joint drills in the Pacific last month. Can you confirm that?
Wang Wenbin I noted that it's reported that the US and Taiwan vessels had “unplanned encounters.” I want to stress that China is firmly opposed to the US’s military contact with Taiwan. This position is consistent and unequivocal. We urge the US to earnestly abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiqués and stop its wrong behavior of having military contact with Taiwan. We also have a clear message for the DPP authorities: seeking “Taiwan independence” and resisting reunification with force is bound to fail. They can be assured of that.