Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s Press Conference on May 26, 2020


The Paper News Reporter: According to reports, on the 25th, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a press conference that the spread of the epidemic from China to the world is a fact. What is China’s comment?

Zhao Lijian: The origin of the corona virus is a serious scientific issue. It must be based on facts and science, and should be studied by scientists and medical experts. We firmly oppose the politicization and stigmatization of the source of the virus. This approach is contrary to the professional opinions of the World Health Organization, a significant number of research institutions, and medical experts. It is also contrary to the efforts of the international community which including China and Japan.  I want to emphasize that political blindness should never override scientific judgment. Unity and cooperation are the most powerful weapons for mankind to overcome the epidemic.

The Globe and Mail reporter: The Canadian court will announce the verdict on Meng Wanzhou’s case on Wednesday. What does China expect?

Zhao Lijian: China’s position on the Meng Wanzhou incident is consistent and clear. The United States and Canada have abused their bilateral extradition treaty, taken compulsory measures against Chinese citizens, and seriously violated the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens. This is a serious political event.

The determination of the Chinese government to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens is unwavering.  Canada should effectively correct its mistakes, immediately release Ms. Meng Wanzhou, and ensure that she returns to China safely, so as to avoid continued damage to China-Canada relations.

The Globe and Mail reporter: You said just now that Canada should immediately release Ms. Meng Wanzhou to prevent continued damage to China-Canada relations. If the Canadian court makes a ruling against Meng, will China take retaliation measures?

Zhao Lijian: I do not answer hypothetical questions.

EFE Reporter: Yesterday you stated on the issue concerning Hong Kong that if the US insists on harming China’s interests, China will take all necessary measures to counter it. What do China’s countermeasures mean?

Zhao Lijian: It is too early to answer this question.

Question: An individual Hong Kong lawyers group said that the National Security Legislation of the National People ’s Congress involving Hong Kong violates the Basic Law. What is your response?

Zhao Lijian: Wang Chen, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People ’s Congress, has explained the draft decision on the national security legislation concerning Hong Kong. I suggest you check it carefully.

Here I want to emphasize that the Chinese government’s determination to implement the “one country, two systems” policy is unwavering, its determination to safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests is unswerving, and its determination to oppose any external forces to interfere in Hong Kong affairs is unwavering.

Globe and Mail reporter: Meng Wanzhou’s case was openly heard in Canada, and a team of lawyers defended it. But Canadian citizens Kang Mingkai and Michael cannot defend themselves. Do you have any comment on this?

Zhao Lijian: Regarding the cases of Kang Mingkai and Michael, two Chinese citizens have stated their position on many occasions. They are suspected of engaging in activities that endanger China ’s national security. The Chinese judiciary independently handles the case in accordance with the law,  and protects the legal rights of Canadian citizens. China urges Canada to respect the spirit of the rule of law, respect China’s judicial sovereignty, and stop making irresponsible remarks.

I want to emphasize that China always protects the legal rights and interests of Kang Mingkai and Michael in accordance with the law.

Question: Does China expect Canada to announce the release of Meng Wanzhou on Wednesday? If Canada does this, will China release Cumming and Michael as soon as possible?

Zhao Lijian: I have clearly stated the position of the Chinese government on relevant issues.

Translation: [Key]

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