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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on November 8, 2016


Good afternoon everyone. Today is the Journalists’Day of China, and I’d like to wish all Chinese journalists and resident foreign journalists in China a happy holiday. My greetings and welcome also go to the journalists from Mandalay, Myanmar who are here today for our press conference.

Q: The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12) and the 1st session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1) was convened in Marrakech, Morocco yesterday local time till November 18. What will be discussed and who led the Chinese delegation to the conference? What does China expect from it?

A: As the first UN conference on climate change after the Paris Agreement entered into force, the conference in Marrakech will include celebrations on the Agreement’s taking effect and the CMA1. As far as I am concerned, the conference will focus on key items in the negotiation of the implementation of the Agreement, enhancement of pre-2020 actions and fund and capacity building for climate change. China’s Special Representative for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua and Deputy Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin headed the Chinese delegation to the conference.

China expects all parties to act in the principles of equality, common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capacities, take part in this conference in a cooperative and pragmatic manner to ensure its success and join the new process of global climate governance in the same attitude. It is hoped that progress will be made in laying out a road map and timeline for the follow-up negotiation of the implementation of the Agreement, encouraging various parties to actively implement the “nationally determined contributions”, intensifying pre-2020 actions and helping developing countries to be more prepared against climate change. China will continue to play a proactive and constructive role for the success of the Marrakech conference. China will also host a variety of events on the sidelines of the conference to share experiences with others on combating climate change.

Q: The Spokesperson of the UK Foreign Office said on November 7 that the UK recognized the right of the NPC Standing Committee to interpret the Basic Law of Hong Kong and expressed concerns about the timing of the interpretation. The Spokesperson of the US State Department also made carping comments on the interpretation. How do you respond to that

A: After the NPC Standing Committee adopted an interpretation to Article 104 of the Hong Kong Basic Law yesterday, relevant authority gave an explicit and open explanation on the necessity and importance of the interpretation. I will not repeat it here.

What’s worth emphasizing is that Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China and that Hong Kong affairs fall entirely within China’s domestic affairs. Speaking of the interpretation, the NPC Standing Committee is exercising its lawful right endowed by the Basic Law and fulfilling its obligation under the Constitution. This is completely within China’s sovereignty and other countries have no right to interfere. As is clearly seen, certain “Hong Kong independence” forces have been plotting to split China and seeking foreign support to this end. It is their heinous acts that pose the biggest threat to “one country, two systems”. We ask all relevant countries to honor their open commitments, watch their words and deeds and not interfere in Hong Kong’s domestic affairs nor endorse any pro-independence forces.

Q: Can you tell us more about the Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights which was held in Beijing today?

A: The 16th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights was convened in Beijing today till November 11 on the theme of “Persons with Disabilities and Human Rights”, bringing together over 100 representatives from governments, academia and NGOs of ASEM member countries.

The Chinese government attaches great importance to protecting the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and takes an active part in relevant international exchanges and cooperation. It is believed that this forum will facilitate the protection of the disabled in Asia, Europe and the world.

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