Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on October 21, 2021
2021-10-21 19:49

Hubei Media Group: The Event of MFA Presenting Tibet to the World was held online and offline yesterday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the People's Government of Tibet Autonomous Region. Can you share more information on what the foreign ministry has done in serving local socioeconomic development?

Wang Wenbin: Yesterday, the Event of MFA Presenting Tibet to the World with the theme of "China on a New Journey: A New Chapter of Development for a Happy New Tibet" was successfully held. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended and addressed the event. Wang Junzheng, Secretary of the CPC Tibet Autonomous Regional Committee, and Yan Jinhai, Acting Chairman of the People's Government of Tibet Autonomous Region, delivered remarks and presented Tibet. Qi Yu, Secretary of the Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) of the MFA, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng, Assistant Foreign Minister Deng Li, as well as representatives from the diplomatic corps in China and international organizations attended the event.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the peaceful liberation of Tibet. Over the past seven decades, under the leadership of the CPC, people of all ethnic groups in Tibet have made historic achievements from backwardness to development, from poverty to prosperity and from isolation to openness, and have created the miracle of a "thousand-year leap". Tibet today has become an epitome of China's leapfrog development, a vivid example of progress in democracy and human rights, and an important window of China's opening up and cooperation.

The event is the second promotion event the foreign ministry has held since the outbreak of COVID-19. To date, the ministry has held 23 such promotion events for 21 provinces, regions and municipalities as well as Xiong'an New Area in Hebei province, which about 5,000 ambassadors, diplomatic envoys as well as representatives of international organizations in China have attended in total. We have arranged more than 40 trips for diplomatic missions and foreign correspondents to the regions presented at the promotion events to help the world understand China in a true, multi-dimensional and panoramic manner, and live up to the key mission of serving domestic development and supporting reform and opening up at the sub-national level.

Going forward, the foreign ministry will keep up its strong support for the development at the sub-national level, actively facilitate these areas in going global, thoroughly implement the Global Development Initiative put forward by President Xi Jinping, and make new contributions to common development and common prosperity of China and the whole world.

Xinhua News Agency: A couple of days ago, the lighting ceremony and handover of the Olympic flame for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 was successfully held in Athens, capital of Greece. On October 20, the Olympic flame arrived in Beijing and a solemn welcoming ceremony was held. What is your comment?

Wang Wenbin: We congratulate on the successful lighting and handover of the Olympic flame for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. We also thank the Greek side for its thoughtful arrangement. The flame has arrived in Beijing, and the Olympic Spirit it carries with it will be relayed as a symbol of peace and friendship on the land of China. China is fully prepared in all respects and stays ready for the Olympic Games.

In 2008, Beijing held an outstanding Summer Olympic Games. Next February, the cauldron of Winter Olympic Games will be lit in Beijing. Beijing will thus be the first city to host both Summer and Winter Olympic Games in the world, and stands ready to make new contribution to upholding the Olympic Spirit and promoting Olympic sports.

The Beijing 2022 will be a grand gathering of all countries and a platform of fair competition among athletes across the world. China will work with the international community to be "together", the new element of the Olympic Spirit, and stay "together for a shared future". We are fully confident that a streamlined, safe and splendid Olympic Games will be dedicated to the world, and welcome international athletes to demonstrate the charm and beauty of winter sports at Beijing 2022.

Bloomberg: A basketball player in the US, Enes Kanter of the Boston Celtics, has posted a message to Twitter with a video and in that he is calling in support of Tibetan independence. Does the foreign ministry have any comment on Kanter's tweet and video?

Wang Wenbin: The player you mentioned was clout-chasing, trying to get attention with Tibet-related issues. His wrong remarks are not worth refuting. For 70 years since Tibet's peaceful liberation and under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, people of all ethnic groups in Tibet have made historical achievement from backwardness to development, from poverty to prosperity and from isolation to openness, and have created the miracle of a "thousand-year leap". This is witnessed by all people without bias. Tibet is part of China. We welcome unbiased friends upholding objectivity across the world to Tibet. In the meanwhile, we never accept the attacks and smears on Tibet's development.

Beijing Youth Daily: Some Chinese and foreign experts, commenting on China's economic data for the third quarter recently released by the National Bureau of Statistics, said that the sustained and steady economic recovery demonstrates the resilience and vitality of China's development. But some foreign media are talking about the possible lack of driving force for China's economic recovery. I wonder if you have any comment?

Wang Wenbin: When looking at China's economy, one need to see both speed and scale and attach importance to quality and effects. In the first three quarters of this year, all major macro economic indicators remained in the reasonable range. More than 78,000 new market entities were registered on average per day, further unleashing the vibrancy at the micro-level. Increase in urban employment provided new jobs to 10 million people. Profits made by industrial enterprises, fiscal revenues and residents' income all registered relatively fast growth, with continued improvement in economic effects. The phase-related and structural challenges and cyclical factors won't change the overall trajectory of the steady economic recovery. We have every confidence that China is fully capable of achieving the annual targets. The expected growth rate for China's economy in 2021 will continue to lead other major economies.

As a global market with unrivalled vitality and resilience, China has been an engine for global economic growth with its sustained and sound development. We work actively to develop a more open domestic-global dual circulation, which will unleash the advantage of our super-scale market and domestic demand potential. We make steady efforts to develop a market-oriented and law-based international business environment up to global standards, constantly ease market access, and expand the scope where foreign investment is encouraged, which will offer a broader market and more development opportunities for foreign investors. We aim to put in place a new system featuring an open economy at a higher level and actively advance trade and investment liberalization and facilitation to share the opportunities brought by China's development with other countries and realize win-win cooperation. Foreign direct investment in China from January to August this year stands near the annual total of last