Q: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani took office on September 29. What are China's expectations for China-Afghanistan relations?
A: On September 29, Minister of Human Resources and Social Security Yin Weimin as the special envoy of President Xi Jinping attended the inauguration ceremony of the Afghan new President, and met with President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah and former President Hamid Karzai. Yin Weimin conveyed President Xi Jinping's warm congratulations to Ashraf Ghani on taking office as the Afghan President, expressed that China welcomes the forming of national unity government in Afghanistan and hopes for smooth transition, unity and stability of Afghanistan under the leadership of President Ghani.
As a friendly neighbor to Afghanistan, China highly values Sino-Afghan relations. We are willing to work closely with the new Afghan government, and push for new advances in the strategic cooperative partnership between China and Afghanistan. China will continue with the assistance and support to the peaceful reconstruction in Afghanistan to the best of our capabilities.
Q: The APEC 2014 Economic Leaders' Week will be held in Beijing in November. Please tell us more details.
A: On November 5-11, China will host in Beijing the 2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week, including the Concluding Senior Officials' Meeting (CSOM) on November 5-6, the 26th APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM) on November 7-8, and the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM) on November 10-11. During the Leaders' Week, China will also host the APEC CEO Summit, APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with Leaders, and Leaders' spouse programs.
The theme of 2014 APEC is "Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership". With the close cooperation and concerted efforts of APEC members for nearly a year and with the preparatory work of the senior officials' meetings and ministerial meetings, APEC members have developed extensive and in-depth consensus on advancing regional economic integration, promoting innovative development, economic reform and growth, and strengthening comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development. The Leaders' Week will be the high point for 2014 APEC China Year, and bears great expectations of the APEC community for fruitful results. As the host country, China will join hands with all APEC members and contribute our share to the success of the meeting and fruitful results coming out of it.
Q: Can you tell us one more time China's position on the current "Occupy Central" movement in Hong Kong?
A: The spokesperson of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council has made some remarks on the illegal assembly of "Occupy Central" stirred up by some people in Hong Kong since the morning of September 28. I have elaborated on our position yesterday.
The central government firmly opposes all illegal acts that undermine the rule of law and sabotage social stability, fully believes and strongly supports Hong Kong SAR government's handling of the case in accordance with law so as to safeguard social stability of Hong Kong..
I'd like to reiterate that Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, and Hong Kong affairs fall entirely within China's internal affairs. We urge relevant countries to be prudent in words and deeds, refrain from interfering in Hong Kong's internal affairs in any way, and do not support the illegal activities such as the "Occupy Central" nor send any wrong signal.
Q: Australia and Italy have issued travel advice to Hong Kong. What is China's comment? Will China also consider issuing travel advice to Hong Kong?
A: Your question is out of the remit of the spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry. It's worth pointing out that the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong serves the interests of Hong Kong and China and the international community.