To commemorate this important milestone of the bilateral relations, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard published signed articles on mainstream media of the other side’s country today. China Post and Mexico Post jointly launched the commemorative stamps for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and held a launching ceremony on the issuance. Besides, 15 pairs of sister province/state and cities will have their landmark buildings lit up with the colors of the national flag or hold light show in celebration of this occasion. Please stay tuned.Wang Wenbin: China is closely monitoring the development of Ukraine’s situation. The Chinese Embassy and Consulate-General in Ukraine are working normally, and the Embassy has issued a consular advisory that reminds Chinese citizens and institutions to closely follow the developments and increase their safety awareness. The Chinese Foreign Ministry and our Embassy in Ukraine will stay in close contact with Chinese citizens and institutions there, provide timely consular protection and assistance, and earnestly protect their safety and legitimate rights and interests.The Chinese government pays great attention to protecting the rights and interests of laborers. We protect the right to equal employment, the right to equal participation in economic and social life, and equal access to development outcomes of laborers of all ethnic groups.
Wang Wenbin: President Xi Jinping announced at the first meeting of the International Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine Cooperation that China decided to donate $100 million to COVAX. We always honor our solemn commitment with concrete actions. China has supplied more than 200 million doses of vaccines to COVAX, playing a constructive role in promoting vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries. As the pandemic continues to spread with new flare-ups, realizing the equitable and accessible distribution of vaccines and bridging the immunization gap remains the imperative task at hand. China will follow the concept of a global community of he />
To solve the issue, it is necessary to return to the starting point of the Minsk-2 agreement, which is endorsed by the UN Security Council. As a fundamental political document recognized by all sides, the agreement should be earnestly implemented. All parties should work for the comprehensive resolution of the Ukraine crisis and issues concerned through dialogue and negotiation. We call on all parties to remain rational and refrain from making moves that may escalate the tensions and play up and sensationalize the crisis.China Daily: The Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS) announced a few days ago that the Beijing Winter Olympic Games had become the most watched Winter Olympic Games in history. It had also been followed by over two billion people on social media platforms worldwide. Do you have any comment?Wang Wenbin: I would refer you to the IOC for the question.
Wang Wenbin: I have noted that Gu Ailing Eileen has responded to a relevant question at a press conference. If you have other questions regarding the specifics, I suggest you ask the Chinese Olympic Committee.Wang Wenbin: I just introduced China’s position on this issue.
Wang Wenbin: Negotiations on resuming compliance with the JCPOA have entered the final stage, presenting an important opportunity to bring the agreement back on track. At the same time, there are still some important issues that need to be resolved. All parties are conducting intensive consultations to seek a package solution.
As a Chinese saying goes, ninety miles is only half of a hundred-mile journey, for the going is toughest toward the end. In the final stage of negotiations, all parties should persevere, uphold mutual respect, think out of the box, gather consensus and strive for breakthroughs on outstanding issues. It is incumbent on the US, the culprit of the Iranian nuclear crisis, to take further active measures in exchange for reciprocal steps by the Iranian side so that all remaining issues may be resolved at an early date.China always adopts an objective and just position, constructively participates in negotiations, actively mediates on sticking points, and works toward all parties’ reaching practical and reasonable solutions. Going forward, we will continue to work with all relevant sides to advance the compliance resumption talks and also resolutely safeguard our own legitimate and lawful rights and interests.Wang Wenbin: We urge the Australian side to abandon the Cold War mentality and ideological bias and stop making belligerent rhetoric that will escalate the tensions. Such acts of seeking selfish political gains by clamoring for confrontation are unethical and dangerous.
Wang Wenbin: The shipment of 119 pieces of heavy machinery from China to Tonga is another major assistance from China in light of Tonga’s needs following the volcano-related disasters. The equipment is expected to help Tonga accelerate its post-disaster reconstruction, and promote infrastructure construction and socioeconomic development. Besides, bulky equipment including portable cabins and tractors and relief supplies provided by China at Tonga’s request will be delivered soon by military vessels.
For years, China has provided assistance that meets the development needs of Pacific island countries including Tonga in line with the principle of sincerity, real results, amity and good faith. Such support has been truly welcomed by the governments and people of Pacific island countries. As Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni said, China has given full support to Tonga for emergency disaster relief and post-disaster reconstruction, which is a real testament to the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Tonga. China will provide support and assistance to the best of our capability with Tonga for reconstruction, and continue to work with Pacific island countries to strengthen friendly exchange and mutually beneficial cooperation in various areas to build a community with a shared future for China and Pacific island countries.The US is the culprit of the Afghan crisis. We urge the US to make deep reflection, earnestly assume its due international obligations, free up Afghanistan’s frozen assets and lift unilateral sanctions on the country. It should take concrete actions to make up for the harm done to the Afghan people and avoid making things worse for the Afghan people.Wang Wenbin: On the China-India boundary issue, it is China’s consistent view that both sides jointly safeguard peace and stability in the border area following the agreements already signed. We hope the two sides will keep up communication through military and diplomatic channels to properly resolve remaining boundary issues.Wang Wenbin: I’ll refer you to the Chinese Olympic Committee.