Q: Some western countries and the Syrian opposition recently questioned the role of the Arab League observer mission and asked the Security Council for immediate intervention. Meanwhile, Russia put forward a new draft resolution on Syria in the Security Council, which was considered insufficient by the US, France and others. What is your comment? And how do you view the situation in Syria and the prospect of Security Council discussion on Syria?
A: China's position is threefold. First, China calls on all relevant parties in Syria to cooperate fully with the Arab League in its mediation efforts, stop violence immediately, launch an inclusive political process as soon as possible and speed up reform in a bid to resolve the crisis at an early date.
Second, China upholds resolving the Syrian issue within the framework of the Arab League, supports the constructive efforts of the Arab League, and hopes the Arab League observer mission continues to carry out its mandate in Syria so as to create conditions for the appropriate settlement of the Syrian issue through concerted efforts of all parties. The observer mission's work in Syria is productive though violence there hasn't fully stopped.
Third, Security Council discussion on Syria should contribute to easing the tension in Syria, pushing for political dialogue to resolve differences and safeguarding peace and stability in the Middle East region. China appreciates Russia's constructive efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis and is ready to continue consultation based on the Russian draft.
Q: Please update us on the details and outcomes of the 15th Meeting of the Special Representatives for the China-India Boundary Question.
A: During the 15th Meeting of the Special Representatives for the China-India Boundary Question, the two sides had a candid and in-depth discussion on the China-India boundary question, joint safeguard of peace and tranquility in the border area and bilateral relations. The two sides shared the view that positive headway has been made since the first meeting and expressed the readiness to push forward the framework negotiations so as to seek a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution under the agreed political guidelines for the settlement of the boundary question. The two sides reaffirmed the joint commitment to upholding peace and tranquility in the border area pending the settlement of the boundary question.
On China-India relations, the two sides expressed satisfaction with the momentum of development of bilateral ties in recent years and the willingness to steer firmly for the major goal and in the main direction of China-India common development, expand cooperation and enhance coordination in a bid to promote the comprehensive and in-depth development of China-India strategic cooperative partnership.
During the meeting, the two sides signed the Agreement on the Establishment of a Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on China-India Border Affairs between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of India. The mechanism, headed by Director General-level officials of the foreign ministries of the two countries and comprised of diplomatic and military officials of the two sides, is mainly tasked to handle border affairs related to maintaining peace and tranquility in the border area.
Q: A representative of Dalai reportedly said that Dalai would pay a non-political visit to the UK in June. How do you comment?
A: Dalai is by no means a pure religious figure, but rather the mastermind of an organized political clique that has long engaged in separatist activities driven by its platform and a political exile under the disguise of religion. The Chinese Government opposes the international activities of Dalai in any capacity or name and opposes political and official figures of relevant country getting in contact with Dalai in any form or name.
Q: First, does China believe the intervention of the UN Security Council will help solve the Syrian issue? Second, the US recently announced sanctions against China's Zhuhai Zhenrong Corporation. Does China consider the move as a violation of WTO rules? Will China take the issue to the WTO?
A: On your first question, Security Council discussion on the Syrian situation should be conducive to easing the tension in Syria, promoting Syria's political dialogue and safeguarding peace and stability in the Middle East region. China is ready to stay in communication and consultation with other parties in this regard.
On your second question, China has made clear its position on the US' sanctions against Zhuhai Zhenrong Corporation many times. We have noted that the company made its response as well. I don't know whether those sanctions are against WTO rules or not, but it is totally unjustified to place one's domestic law above international law and force other countries to accept it.