On November 15, 2023, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning hosted a regular press conference
Al Jazeera: According to reports, the Israeli occupation forces, under the cover of the United States, attacked Shifa Hospital in Gaza. The humanitarian crisis in Gaza has become unbearable, and the international community has failed to exert sufficient pressure on Israel. Israel’s current actions amount to a violation of international law and international humanitarian law. But so far, Israel’s actions in Gaza have not been explicitly condemned by the permanent members of the Security Council. What is China’s position on Israel’s illegal military operations in Gaza? Does China have a direct way to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and make Israel stop its massacre of Palestinians?
Mao Ning: We have stated our position on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict many times. China condemns all actions that harm civilians and opposes any violation of international law. China has repeatedly called for a ceasefire and an end to the war as soon as possible to avoid a more serious humanitarian disaster, and has been working hard to mediate in this regard. We will continue to work with relevant parties to play a positive and constructive role in efforts to cease fire and war, de-escalate conflicts, ease the humanitarian situation, and ultimately achieve lasting peace between Palestine and Israel through the “two-state solution.”
Al Jazeera reporter: We all understand China’s position on this round of Palestinian-Israeli conflict. But now that Israel’s military operations have entered the hospital, the United Nations has yet to take real measures to stop Israel from causing disasters to civilians in Gaza. What measures will China take to stop this massacre?
Mao Ning: Like you, we are also worried and sad about the humanitarian situation in Gaza. As the rotating president of the Security Council this month, China will comply with the call of the international community, strengthen coordination with relevant parties, especially Arab countries, uphold justice, build consensus, and promote the Security Council to take responsible measures to de-escalate conflicts, protect civilians, ease the humanitarian situation, and restore the peace process. Responsibility and meaningful action.
I believe you have also noticed that the Chinese government’s special envoy for the Middle East issue and the director of the Department of Asia and Africa of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have recently visited relevant countries to mediate for peace. We will continue to play a constructive role in promoting the de-escalation of the situation.
“Global Times” reporter: According to reports, the China Chamber of Commerce in the European Union released the “Report on the Development of Chinese Enterprises in the EU” on the 14th, which systematically reviewed the key points of cooperation between Chinese enterprises in the EU and proposed a package of policy recommendations to EU institutions and member governments to further improve China’s development. The business environment for foreign-invested enterprises in the EU. What is China’s comment?
Mao Ning: We have noticed the relevant report released by the China Chamber of Commerce in the EU. We are very happy to see that the operations of Chinese companies in Europe have maintained steady growth. More and more Chinese companies are promoting green, digital, scientific research and innovation, sustainable cooperation and other aspects. Business development and active social responsibility have promoted local employment growth and improvement of people’s livelihood. It has become an important participant in the EU’s recovery and transformation. At the same time, the report also reflects some concerns of Chinese-funded enterprises in Europe, including the EU’s tendency to politicize economic and trade issues and pan-security, the impact of the EU’s “de-risking” policy, and the business environment such as obstruction of scientific research cooperation and insufficient efficiency in work and communication. question.
China and the EU are both important forces in building an open world economy and safeguarding multilateral economic and trade rules. Both sides should jointly safeguard the correct direction of economic globalization, promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, reduce barriers, avoid adding new barriers, and achieve greater success. A high level of mutually beneficial cooperation. We hope that the European side will listen carefully to the reasonable suggestions of Chinese enterprises and address their legitimate demands, take practical actions to abide by the rules of the market economy, maintain the healthy and stable development of China-EU economic and trade relations, and provide fair, transparent, stable and reliable services for Chinese enterprises to invest and operate in Europe. expected business environment.