Regular press conference by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on December 29, 2021_Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America

Xinhua News Agency: Dick Pound, senior member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), expressed his confidence in the Beijing Winter Olympics by saying in a recent interview that, “in the sense of having a host country that could organize and host a great Games from a perspective, there is absolutely nothing wrong with China ”. Do you have a comment?

Zhao Lijian: Just as Mr. Pound said, “When we award the Games to a country … it is on the basis of the country’s importance as a sporting nation and its ability to host the Games. at the level the world expects ”. Since Beijing won the bid in 2015 to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and established its organizing committee, the entire preparatory team has taken concrete steps, turning a beautiful Olympic project into reality.

We are now in the last week of 2021. In less than 40 days, the curtain will rise on the Beijing Winter Olympics. The year 2021 has been a pivotal year with groundwork on all fronts progressing steadily towards full completion. This year has been marked by many major events on the Olympic calendar. For example, all the competition venues for the Games have been prepared; the Beijing 2022 Olympic torch bearing the name “Flying” was presented to the world; the official motto “Together for a Shared Future” and official posters were published; the flame-lighting, handover and welcome ceremonies were successful; Olympic and Paralympic medals named “Tongxin”, as well as uniforms and equipment were all unveiled; ice sports test events were successfully organized. While advancing effective and high-level Games preparation, we also ensured strong epidemic prevention and control to protect the safety and health of all staff participating in the Games as well as the public.

The excellent preparatory work for the Beijing Winter Olympics was recognized by all. Athletes and people from all walks of life in many countries as well as international organizations, including the International Olympic Committee, have all said they support and look forward to the Beijing Olympics.

Preparations for the Games have entered the home stretch. Beijing, a city that will host both the Summer and Winter Olympics, will present a streamlined, safe and splendid event for the world.

MASTV: According to media reports, in a recent letter to the presidents of the European Commission and the European Council, the co-presidents and members of the Formosa Club in 25 European countries urged the two EU bodies to take concrete steps to support Lithuania as soon as possible. as possible. Do you have a comment?

Zhao Lijian: The ins and outs of what happened regarding Lithuania on the Taiwan issue are clear. Lithuania blatantly violates the one-China principle and opposes the basic standards governing international relations and the universal consensus of the international community. His scheme is doomed to failure.

Only by correcting its mistakes and getting back on track by adhering to the one-China principle will Lithuania be able to emerge from the current situation.

“Formosa” is a word with a strong colonial connotation. The platform of a club with “Formosa” in its name can be easily imagined. Its malicious hype is not even worth commenting on.

CCTV: We noted that the chairman of the China-Russia Committee for Friendship, Peace and Development Boris Titov highly appreciated the cooperation between Chinese and Russian enterprises at a plenary meeting of the committee yesterday. He said statistics show that “85.7% of Russian business owners rate their personal experience of interacting with Chinese partners as positive.” Do you have a comment?

Zhao Lijian: China and Russia are each other’s biggest neighbor, development opportunity and global partner. Sino-Russian cooperation enjoys a solid foundation and broad prospects. Since the onset of COVID-19, the two countries have supported each other. In the first 11 months of this year, bilateral trade exceeded $ 130 billion. Chinese companies have actively contacted their Russian partners, and business cooperation between the two sides has progressed steadily, with an even brighter future.

At the same time, Chinese companies have embraced the world with open arms. According to the survey report on the global image of Chinese enterprises recently released in 2021, nearly 70% of respondents believe that Chinese enterprises play a leading role in promoting scientific and technological innovation and progress. green and hope to strengthen cooperation with China in areas such as science and technology, manufacturing, infrastructure, energy and resources. Taking full advantage of the Belt and Road initiative, Chinese companies have spurred growth around the world. While achieving their self-development, they have actively promoted economic and social development, improved livelihoods and environmental protection in host countries, achieving win-win results and advancing construction of an open world economy with concrete actions.

I would also like to emphasize that the Chinese government is committed to expanding high-level opening and encouraging all kinds of capable and reputable enterprises to invest and cooperate in other countries in accordance with market principles and practices. international standards. With the entry into force of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership in a few days, the global economy will take an important step towards continued recovery, openness and development amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We are ready to work with all parties to continuously deepen economic and trade exchanges and practical cooperation to lead the world economy towards a better future.

Bloomberg: It is reported that talks are underway between the United States and China over possible changes to the Chinese government’s new aircraft cleaning requirements that have prompted a Delta Air Lines flight to turn back to Seattle and could trigger the cancellation of some flights. Could the Foreign Office confirm these talks and provide more details?

Zhao Lijian: The Chinese Embassy in the United States has already commented on this. Recently, a number of flights to the United States to China have been delayed or canceled. American Airlines abruptly canceled flights hours before takeoff, and a Delta Air Lines flight even turned back to its destination, causing huge losses to Chinese passengers. Chinese diplomatic and consular missions in the United States actively provided assistance to affected passengers and immediately filed solemn representations to the affected airlines, urging them to ensure the legitimate rights and interests of passengers.

Affected crew members once said the return flight was caused by China’s entry ban, reportedly not in accordance with the facts. The Embassy noted that recently, US airlines are facing severe staffing shortages as flight crews are reluctant to take duty due to fear of COVID-19 infection, which has led to numerous cancellations of domestic and international flights in the United States. Chinese diplomatic and consular missions in the United States are in communication with the relevant airlines to understand the specific technical issues involved and explore solutions to prevent similar incidents from recurring.

MASTV: There are reports that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison opened his official TikTok account on Christmas Eve and sent his greetings along with a video. In 2020, Mr Morrison reportedly warned users that TikTok “connects directly to China.” It is believed that by opening a TikTok account, he intends to appeal to young voters through the platform. Do you have a comment?

Zhao Lijian: A certain Australian politician’s choice of social media platform is his own business. I must reiterate that the Australian side must follow the principle of openness and the rules of the market, stop abusing the concept of “national security” or apply a double standard to serve its interests, and provide a fair trading environment, open and non-discriminatory for Chinese businesses.

Bloomberg: Experts say the recent close encounters of SpaceX satellites with the Chinese space station could prompt the international community to update the Outer Space Treaty. However, some experts have also pointed to the space debris generated by China as a risk. What changes does China hope to see in international cooperation in space exploration?

Zhao Lijian: According to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, states parties should “assume international responsibility for national activities in outer space” carried out by their private companies. The comments you mentioned underestimate the threat to the security of the Chinese Space Station and astronauts, exacerbate the so-called threat of Chinese space debris, and distort normal Chinese space activities in an attempt to hijack Chinese space debris. international attention. It is throwing the blame on the innocent by distorting concepts.

I would like to stress that, guided by the vision of advancing the well-being of all mankind, China is committed to using outer space for peaceful purposes. Outer space is not a place beyond the reach of the law. All countries should respect and maintain international order in space on the basis of international law, and adopt a responsible attitude to protect the safety of astronauts in orbit and the safe and regular operation of space facilities. China is ready to maintain communication and cooperation with all countries on this matter.

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