Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on July 20, 2018
Q: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are highly likely to meet in Johannesburg on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit. Can you elaborate on the agenda of the meeting? Will the US protectionist policy be discussed between both leaders?
A: Both President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. As far as I know, on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit, President Xi Jinping is expected to hold bilateral meetings with leaders of relevant countries, including Indian Prime Minister Modi. We are still making relevant arrangements. This would be the third meeting between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi since their informal meeting in Wuhan in April, during which they will exchange views on issues of mutual interest, including on international situation, bilateral relations and BRICS cooperation.
You also mentioned the US trade protectionism. Indeed, the US protectionist and unilateral acts have caused widespread and grave concerns worldwide. China and India are all staunch supporters of multilateralism and an open world economy, and we all oppose protectionism. On these fronts, our two countries share common grounds and common interests. In fact, this is also a view shared by the BRICS countries.
Q: Palau Pacific Airways has recently said that it has been forced to suspend operations because of the decrease in the number of Chinese tourists who are using the airline. In a letter from its owner to Palau's National Congress, the airline said this is mainly because Beijing doesn't include Palau in its list of tour destinations due to a lack of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Do you have any comment on that?
A: I am not aware of the situation you mentioned. You may have to ask the civil aviation and tourism authorities.