The newspaper: Last week, America China Public Affairs Institute and USA Table Tennis jointly commemorated the 50th anniversary of China-US table tennis diplomacy in New York, and Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang visited an elementary school and a university in Utah. Do we expect more solid people-to-people exchanges between China and the United States after the meeting of the two presidents in Bali?
Mao Ning: The people-to-people exchange between China and the United States is very important, and the two sides must encourage the expansion of this exchange in all areas. This is a common understanding reached between the two presidents at their meeting in Bali. I noticed that American players who attended Ping-Pong Diplomacy expressed the hope that people-to-people exchange will continue to add momentum to the growth of China-US relations. At the event at Brigham Young University in Utah, a guest who was part of the university’s art group that visited China in 1979 said that continuing friendship with China and the Chinese people has become the most precious part of life, and that no matter what happens in the world and China-US relations, people will always remember the love and friendship they have for each other. The deep benevolence in those words is truly touching.
Although China and the United States are two countries with different histories, cultures, social systems and development paths, such differences must not become an obstacle to the trust and friendship between the Chinese and American peoples, much less to the growth of China-US relations . China is ready to work with the United States to carry out the important joint understandings between the two presidents at their meeting in Bali, promote people-to-people exchange, and cement public support for solid and steady growth of China-US relations.
RIA Novosti: Russia’s special presidential envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said yesterday that China’s participation in the Astana format will help Syria’s reconciliation and reconstruction. Do you have any comments?
Mao Ning: The Astana format has played a constructive role in coordinating efforts to reduce conflict in Syria and end hostilities. China attaches importance to the Astana format and is ready to work together with all parties to jointly help Syria achieve peace and stability.
Bloomberg: The first question is that it has been reported that the president of the European Council will travel to Beijing for a meeting with Chinese President Xi next month, and we wonder if the Foreign Ministry has any other information? And the second question is that Japanese newspapers reported that the Japanese side called on China to ease China’s COVID-19 restrictions during their recent summit. Does the Farnesina have any comments?
Mao Ning: On your first question, we will release the information in due time.
Regarding your second question, while ensuring effective containment of COVID, China has improved exit and entry measures to facilitate the travel of executives and specialized personnel of multinational companies and foreign enterprises to China and their families. We will continue to improve COVID measures and ensure that they are science-based, targeted and responsive to the latest developments in the COVID situation, and better facilitate cross-border travel, exchanges and cooperation between China and other countries.