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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning’s Regular Press Conference on June 5, 2024

China News Service We have learned that the senior officials’ meetings on East Asian cooperation will be held in Vientiane, Laos. Is there anything you could share about China’s participation?
Mao Ning Laos, the rotating chair of ASEAN, will host the ASEAN Plus Three Senior Officials’ Meeting, East Asia Summit Senior Officials’ Meeting and ASEAN Regional Forum Senior Officials’ Meeting from June 7 to 8 in Vientiane. Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Sun Weidong will lead a delegation to the meetings.
The meetings will focus on the theme of “ASEAN: Enhancing Connectivity and Resilience” and review the results achieved in East Asian cooperation. The discussions will be centered on steering regional cooperation and promoting cooperation under various mechanisms under the current circumstances. Views will be exchanged on international and regional issues of mutual interest. This will prepare the ground for this year’s leaders’ meetings and foreign ministers’ meetings on East Asian cooperation. The Chinese side looks forward to in-depth communication with all parties at the meetings, and striving for new progress in East Asian cooperation and greater contribution to peace, stability and common development of this region.
CCTV It was reported that on June 4, a cabinet meeting presided over by ROK Prime Minister Han Duck-soo decided to suspend the entire effect of the September 19 Military Agreement until mutual trust between the two Koreas is restored. The ROK military then noted that it has made plans to restart drills in the land and maritime buffer zones as well as no-fly zones with the DPRK, and will resume artillery drills in shooting ranges and regiment-level field maneuvers five kilometers south of the Military Demarcation Line, firing drills by troops stationed in the northwestern border islands, and naval maneuvers and artillery drills near the Northern Limit Line. What is China’s comment?
Mao Ning We noted the reports. It is in the common interests of all parties to uphold peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. Recent months have seen continued tensions on the Peninsula and increasing antagonism and confrontation among relevant parties. China is concerned over the developments. We are committed to safeguarding peace and stability on the Peninsula, support relevant parties in improving relations through dialogue and oppose any word or action that drives up tensions. We hope relevant parties will remain cool-headed, exercise restraint, stay prudent, and play a constructive role in ensuring peace and stability on the Peninsula.
TASS US President Joe Biden in an interview with Time magazine said he does not rule out using US military force in the case of military conflict between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. What’s the Foreign Ministry’s comment? 
Mao Ning Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. The Taiwan question is purely China’s internal affair that brooks no external interference. No pressure or threat will erode the determination, will and ability of the Chinese government and people to defend China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one and the same China, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. This is the real status quo in the Taiwan Strait. How to resolve the Taiwan question is a matter for the Chinese people. We urge the US to fully recognize the inherent nature and dangerous ambition of “Taiwan independence” separatists, earnestly abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiqués, honor the commitment of not supporting “Taiwan independence,” stop arming Taiwan and stop sending any wrong signal to “Taiwan independence” separatist forces in any form.
Reuters Commerce Minister Wang Wentao is currently on a trip to Europe. Can China’s lobbying of European Union member states change the outcome of the European Commission’s probe of China’s electric vehicle industry which is widely expected to see tariffs imposed on Chinese exports to Europe?
Mao Ning I’d refer you to the Ministry of Commerce on anything specific about Minister Wang Wentao’s visit to Europe. On the EU’s anti-subsidy probe and tariffs, China has made clear our position multiple times. Trade protectionism serves no one’s interest, and the EU should stick to its commitment of upholding free trade and open cooperation. If the EU takes any measure that hurts China-EU trade and economic cooperation, China will not sit by and watch, but will take all measures necessary to firmly safeguard our lawful rights and interests.
Xinhua News Agency The results of India’s 18th Lok Sabha Elections are out. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP and its National Democratic Alliance have won the election. What’s China’s comment?