|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning’s Regular Press Conference on December 8, 2022|
CRI: Earlier this month, China signed an MOU on Belt and Road cooperation with Palestine. To date, China has signed Belt and Road cooperation documents with 21 Arab countries and the League of Arab States. Do you have any comment on this?
Mao Ning: Located at the intersection of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, Arab countries have been historically an important part of the Silk Road civilization and are natural partners for Belt and Road cooperation. China and Arab countries have seen their Belt and Road cooperation become better structured and increasingly fruitful. From the World Cup debut of Qatar’s Lusail Stadium which was contracted and built by Chinese companies to the launch of direct freight shipping between China and Sudan, and from the trial run of Egypt’s first electrified light rail to the effective “oil and gas plus” model in China-Arab cooperation, China and Arab countries have jointly carried out over 200 large-scale projects in infrastructure, energy and other areas, benefiting close to 2 billion people of both sides.
It is our belief that the deepening of high-quality Belt and Road cooperation will bring even more benefits to the peoples of Arab countries and the rest of the world.
AFP: What’s the latest on President Xi Jinping’s visit to Saudi Arabia?
Mao Ning: We will let you know when we have more to share.
China Daily: According to reports, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a press release on December 6 that the State Department had approved sales of aircraft parts and equipment to Taiwan. Taiwan’s defence department has said the sales will help its air force operations. What’s your comment?
Mao Ning: US arms sales to China’s Taiwan region are a blatant violation of the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-US joint communiqués, especially the August 17 Communiqué of 1982. The arms sales undermine China’s sovereignty and security interests, harm peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, and send a wrong signal to the “Taiwan independence” separatist forces. China deplores and rejects them. We will act firmly to defend our own sovereignty and security interests.
We urge the US side to abide by the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three China-US joint communiqués and earnestly act on the commitment made by the US leadership of not supporting “Taiwan independence”. It should stop arms sales to and military contact with Taiwan, stop creating new factors that could lead to tensions in the Taiwan Strait, stop using Taiwan to contain China and stop moving even further down the wrong and dangerous path.