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At the outset, I wish to extend festive greetings to all women, particularly the female journalists in this room.


I also wish to thank the press, Chinese and foreign, for having shown understanding and support for China’s foreign policy and external relations. Everything we have accomplished, you have played a part. Thank you!




The year 2018 kicks off efforts to implement the decisions of the 19th Party Congress. Guided by Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, we in the diplomatic service will take new steps and make new strides.


The main highlights of China’s diplomatic calendar will include the following four events we are going to host:


First, the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference, which will take place in Hainan this April and focus on reform and opening-up.


Second, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit, which will take place in Qingdao this June and focus on revitalizing the Shanghai Spirit.


Third, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit, which will take place in Beijing this September and focus on the Belt and Road Initiative.


Fourth, the first China International Import Expo, which will take place in Shanghai this November and focus on further market opening.





Seizing the opportunity of the PyeongChang Olympics, the DPRK and the ROK have had a succession of interactions and achieved a rapid thaw in their relations, reversing the long-standing chill on the Korean Peninsula.


The recent developments may seem baffling to some people, but are actually within the bounds of reason. During the Winter Games, the DPRK did not conduct any nuclear or missle test and the US and the ROK suspended their joint exercises targeting the DPRK.


This proves that China’s “suspension for suspension” proposal was the right prescription for the problem and created basic conditions for the improvement of inter-Korean relations.



The Korean Peninsula issue has finally taken an important step in the right direction.


To return the Peninsula to peace and stability and the nuclear issue to the track of dialogue, these initial steps must be followed up by corresponding and concerted efforts by the parties.


To this end, we call on the parties, particularly the US and the DPRK, to engage in dialogue sooner rather than later.


We encourage all to follow the dual-track approach of remaining committed to the goal of denuclearization and working actively to establish a peace mechanism on the Peninsula. The parties’ legitimate security concerns, including those of the DPRK, can be addressed in exchange for and in tandem with progress towards denuclearization.



Of course, it takes more than one cold day to freeze three feet of ice.


Despite light at the end of the tunnel, the journey ahead won’t be smooth.


History has reminded us time and again that whenever tensions subsided on the Peninsula, the situation would be clouded by various interferences.Now is a crucial moment for testing the sincerity of the parties.


Every effort must be made for peace, and the opportunity must be seized.


It falls to all parties to bear in mind the imperative of peace and the well-being of people in the region. All must demonstrate political courage and make a political decision to expeditiously carry out all necessary and useful engagements, both bilateral and plurilateral, and to do their best to restart dialogue and negotiation for the peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue.





Head-of-state diplomacy as the highest form of state-to-state interaction plays a pivotal role and has irreplaceable strategic value.


Since 2012, President Xi Jinping has been the chief architect of China’s distinctive major-country diplomacy. He was personally involved in the planning and conduct of head-of-state diplomacy, which by all accounts has been brilliant. To date, President Xi has visited 57 countries in different parts of the world and received more than 110 foreign heads of state.


These important visits and meetings go a long way towards deepening the world’s understanding of China, enhancing China’s profile and influence, and facilitating the solution of many global problems.


President Xi’s leadership and charisma has earned him – and his country – many good friends among foreign leaders who represent a diverse range of cultures and social systems.


We believe that President Xi’s personal diplomacy will make a positive and responsible contribution to the well-being of his people, the interests of China and the welfare of the world. It will write a whole new chapter of major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics in the new era.





Cooperation is the main thrust of China-US relations. Our people enjoy close and extensive exchanges.


According to the latest Gallup poll, more than 50 percent of Americans have a favorable view of China, the highest rate in nearly three decades. I hope people will pay more attention to such positive things.


As the largest developing country and developed country, China and America working together will benefit not just our own countries, but also the whole world.


If there is any competition between us, which is natural, it has to be healthy and positive. We may have competition, but we don’t have to be rivals. Instead, we should strive to be partners.



As for our trade frictions, history teaches that trade war is never the right solution.


In a globalized world, it is particularly unhelpful, as it will harm the initiator as well as the target country. In the event of a trade war, China will make a justified and necessary response.


When all is said and done, we hope China and America will have a calm and constructive dialogue as equals, and find a win-win solution.





In helping to settle various flashpoints, we follow a distinctly Chinese approach. There are things we will do and there are things we won’t do.


Put simply, our approach is at once peaceful, justifiable and constructive.


First, we prefer a political settlement of disputes through dialogue and negotiation, and firmly reject the use of force.


Second, we respect other countries’ sovereignty and wish, and never meddle in their internal affairs. Indeed, we firmly reject imposing one’s own view on others.


Third, we do our best to be fair and objective and proceed from the merits of the matter. We firmly reject pursuing private ends.





We note that President Putin has overseen important strides in Russia’s development and he has strong support from his people.


We trust the Russian people will again make the right choice and advance steadily towards national revitalization.



We have great confidence in the future of China-Russia relations.


The China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination is as unshakable as a mountain.


The sky is the limit for Sino-Russian cooperation, and we must continue to make the relationship even better than it already is.




For decades, the West has made all kinds of assessments and predictions about China. To some Westerners, China is either “collapsing” or “threatening”.


As China continues to grow, the first theory has collapsed and become an international laughing stock.


Meanwhile, proponents of the second theory have conjured up new versions, which find dwindling support because facts speak louder than words.


From these solid facts, those who do not have bias or practice double standards will see in China not a threat, but plenty of opportunities.


It’s time the “China threat theory” was laid to rest.





The Belt and Road is a transparent initiative launched by China. It follows the “golden rule” of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits.


Belt and Road cooperation aims to be equal-footed, inclusive and beneficial to all.


The planning and implementation of BRI projects have been discussed by the participants in the open.


No country is dominating the process; all parties have an equal say. There is no back-room deal; everything is transparent. There is no “winner takes all”; every project delivers win-win results.



As a global public good, the BRI of course abides by international rules. As a platform for international cooperation, it naturally follows market principles.


Last May, the representatives of more than 140 countries participated in the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. The turnout is a clear vote of confidence from the international community.  


The joint communiqué of last year’s forum committed to this and emphasized the importance of economic, social, fiscal and environmental sustainability of projects.


We sincerely ask for ideas from all parties, so that we will together make a success of the Belt and Road Initiative.


Our goal is not only to strengthen the physical connectivity of infrastructure, but also to improve the institutional connectivity of policies, rules and standards. BRI projects must be high-standard as well as results-oriented, high-quality as well as economically viable, beneficial to the world as well as to China.





China still being a developing country, facilitating domestic development is part and parcel of major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics.


Keeping in mind our new mission and what is expected of us, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will implement the decisions of the central leadership and be more active in facilitating domestic development.


In advancing major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics in the new era, we aim to be not just the pacesetter of China’s international engagement, but also a solid contributor to domestic development.





As we celebrate the 15th anniversary, 2018 is of particular importance for the future of China-ASEAN strategic partnership.


The last 15 years have seen China-ASEAN cooperation go from strength to strength and bear rich fruits. Indeed, China-ASEAN cooperation is the most successful and dynamic in the Asian-Pacific region.


In the year ahead, we will continue to give the highest priority to cooperation with ASEAN, upgrade our strategic partnership and build a more close-knit community of shared destiny.





When it comes to maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea, China’s resolve is as strong as its commitment is deep.


China’s approach to the South China Sea issue is a responsible one that takes into account the interests of the Chinese people, the facts of history, the imperative of regional peace and the international rule of law. This position is firm and consistent.



With situation in the South China Sea turning for the better, China and ASEAN countries face a golden opportunity.


We all agree to develop a code of conduct in the South China Sea to preserve its hard-won tranquility.


There are also challenges in the South China Sea. Some outside forces are not happy with the prevailing calm and try to stir up trouble and muddle the waters.


Their frequent show of force with fully-armed aircraft and naval vessels is the most destabilizing factor for peace and stability in our region.


It is useful to heed the wisdom of a Chinese verse, “Green hills cannot stop the river flowing; to the vast ocean it keeps advancing.”


In the year ahead, China will work with ASEAN countries to seize the opportunity, broaden cooperation, prevent interference and overcome challenges. Cherishing what we have worked so hard to achieve, China and ASEAN countries will speed up the COC consultation, actively explore a mechanism of cooperation among the coastal states, and promote peace and cooperation in the South China Sea.





No matter how the world may change or what others may say, the profound friendship between China and Africa will remain unbreakable, and China’s promise of sincerity, real results, friendship and good faith will remain true.


In our new endeavor to build a global community with a shared future, Africa is an indispensable partner. China welcomes our African brothers and sisters to continue their ride on China’s fast train of development.


The FOCAC summit scheduled for September will bring together Chinese and African leaders again, 12 years after their last gathering in Beijing. They will discuss China-Africa cooperation in the new era and focus on jointly advancing the Belt and Road Initiative and turning China and Africa into a community with a shared future.


We will give wings to China-Africa cooperation to help it soar to greater heights.




In the recent period, Japan has adopted a clearer and more positive policy towards China, resulting in a precious improvement of relations. China welcomes this.


If Japan does not prevaricate, flip-flop or backpedal, and instead comes to terms with China’s development and welcomes it, China will be willing to act in the same spirit and work with Japan to put our relationship back on the track of healthy and steady growth.  



Forty years ago, China and Japan signed the Treaty of Peace and Friendship.


It codified the political principles agreed in negotiating the normalization of Sino-Japanese relations, including handling history correctly and following the one-China policy. The treaty also enshrined our joint desire to live in peace and friendship forever.


As a saying goes, never forget why you started, and you can accomplish your mission.


Forty years on, at another crucial juncture of history, we hope Japan will have political credibility and act accordingly to cement the political foundation of our relations and give effect to the political understanding that “China and Japan see each other as partners, not threats”.





It seems there is never a shortage of headline-grabbing ideas. They are like the sea foam in the Pacific or Indian Ocean: they may get some attention, but soon will dissipate.


Contrary to the claim made by some academics and media outlets that the “Indo-Pacific strategy” aims to contain China, the four countries’ official position is that it targets no one. I hope they mean what they say and their action will match their rhetoric.


Nowadays, stoking a new Cold War is out of sync with the times and inciting block confrontation will find no market.




Chinese and Indian leaders have developed a strategic vision for the future of our relations: the Chinese “dragon” and the Indian “elephant” must not fight each other, but dance with each other. In that case, one plus one will equal not only two, but also eleven.


Mutual trust is the most precious commodity in China-India relations. With political trust, not even the Himalayas can stop us from strengthening friendly exchanges; without it, not even level land can bring us together.


I hope the two sides will be free from mental inhibitions and meet each other halfway. Let us replace suspicion with trust, manage differences through dialogue, and build a future through cooperation.




China is not a party to the CPTPP. However, China has been a strong advocate of trade liberalization and a key player of Asia-Pacific cooperation and economic integration.


China is positive about any open, transparent and inclusive arrangement that reinforces regional economic integration and a WTO-centered global free trade system, be it RCEP or CPTPP.


We hope to see better communication, coordination and interaction between the various free trade initiatives in our region, so that they may complement one another, help resist trade protectionism and contribute to a more open global economy.





This year will mark the 15th anniversary of the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership.


The year started with President Macron paying a state visit to China and Sino-French relations in excellent shape. Then the visit of Prime Minister May kicked off efforts by China and the UK to upgrade their “Golden Era” of relations.


We hope at the end of the year, China-EU relations will be as strong as we have started it.


There are also some disagreements between China and the EU. But both sides have realized the need to put oneself in the other’s shoes and to be more open, tolerant and understanding of each other.




Consular assistance and protection seems to be a must-have question at my annual press conference. Indeed, it potentially concerns the interests and well-being of every Chinese and their family. Making a good job of it is the unshirkable responsibility of the foreign service.


Last year, as many as 130 million mainlanders traveled overseas. Given the growing magnitude of their consular needs, we adopted a people-centered approach and built a system for ensuring their safety which consists of six pillars, namely, legal provisions, institution building, risk assessment, early warning, awareness raising and emergency response.



In 2018, we will further improve the system for ensuring the safety of Chinese nationals abroad. Here I have three pieces of good news for you:


First, the MFA is working on draft legislation on consular protection and assistance. Public consultation will begin after the close of the NPC and CPPCC sessions. We welcome your input and suggestions.


Second, in addition to a dedicated website, the WeChat version of 12308 and the “China Consular Affairs” account on Weibo, we will soon launch the 12308 smartphone app to make consular services more accessible to the people.


Third, as from tomorrow, our diplomatic and consular missions around the world will slash consular legalization fees by as much as two-thirds. The fee reduction is expected to save Chinese citizens and businesses more than 10 million yuan every year.




The Shanghai Cooperation Organization was born in China, and the Qingdao Summit will be the first one after the SCO admitted new members. We welcome the SCO back to China and expect it to embark on a new journey in Qingdao.


We will make the Qingdao Summit a new milestone in the development of the SCO and launch this new type of regional organization into a new era.  




There is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inseparable part of China. This has been the consensus of the international community for decades. Adhering to the one-China principle and not having official ties with Taiwan has become a generally observed norm in international relations.


It is obviously a correct choice in line with the tide of history to establish diplomatic relations and carry out regular cooperation with the government of the People’s Republic of China, the sole legal representative of the whole of China. Such a choice would best serve the immediate and long-term interests of the countries and peoples in question. Of course it is the trend of the future, and no one can stop it.



The key to unlocking the cross-Straits stalemate lies in recognizing the 1992 Consensus and acknowledging that the two sides of the Taiwan Straits belong to one and the same China.


The party that has locked the door must unlock it.


The Taiwan authorities should return to the 1992 Consensus as soon as possible. This correct move will usher in a bright future for the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations.





China and Latin American countries are helping and supporting each other as fellow developing countries. Our cooperation does not target or seek to replace anyone, and China is not going to move anyone’s “cheese”, so to speak.


China’s cooperation with the region has grown rapidly because it suits its needs, improves lives there and boosts its capacity for self-driven growth.


The Chinese saying “nothing, not even mountains or oceans, can separate those with a shared goal” aptly describes the state of our relations with Latin America and the Caribbean.


The vast Pacific Ocean binds us together, making us partners in cooperation, whatever may stand between us.





In his report to the 19th Party Congress, General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasized that the Communist Party of China will strive for both the well-being of the Chinese people and human progress.


A committed and responsible China will adopt a more visionary foreign policy. We will have a broader mind, and play a more active role.


An ancient Chinese classic teaches that “when justice prevails, the world will be one community”.


We are determined to uphold our country’s sovereignty and dignity. We are determined to be on the side of international justice and human progress. We are determined to build world peace, contribute to global prosperity and uphold the international order.






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