|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on July 1, 2021|
CCTV: According to reports, the World Bank's China Office released a report recently, highlighting improved consumer and business confidence and better labor market conditions in China and projecting China's growth to reach 8.5% this year. What is your comment?
Wang Wenbin: The World Bank's report once again shows the international community's confidence in China's economic development.
This year, the Chinese economy has continued to recovery steadily, with a consolidating momentum for the better and accelerating pace of opening up. From January to May 2021, China's GDP witnessed continuous and steady growth. The paid-in FDI to China registered 481 billion yuan, up by 35.4% year on year. The non-financial outbound direct investment (ODI) was $43.29 billion, up by 2.6% year on year. China's import and export volume reached a record high of 14.76 trillion yuan, giving a strong boost to world economic recovery and growth.
As China has entered a new development stage, it is following the new development philosophy and formulating a new development paradigm to advance high-quality development. This will enable the Chinese market to offer more investment and growth opportunities to our cooperation partners. China will follow the vision of openness, cooperation, solidarity and win-win results in firmly expanding all-round opening-up to make the Chinese market a shared market for the world. We welcome all parties to actively integrate into the Chinese market and share China's development opportunities, so as to achieve common development and deliver benefits to the people of all countries.
Associated Press of Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan has sent a message of felicitation to President Xi on the centenary of the Communist Party of China (CPC). He highlighted the CPC's role and sacrifices for China's liberation and its subsequent rise. He also appreciated the CPC's role in nurturing all-weather friendship between Pakistan and China. Do you have any comment?
Wang Wenbin: Having received the message of congratulation from Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Chinese side expresses its thanks and appreciation. CPC stands firmly for developing a friendly relation with Pakistan, which is also a consistent position of the Chinese Government.
With the efforts of our two leaders and supports of our two peoples, China and Pakistan have become all-weather strategic partners. This year marks the centenary of the founding of CPC, and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Pakistan. Over the past seven decades, regardless of the changes in international landscape, China and Pakistan have respected, trusted and supported each other, forged an all-weather friendship, and carried out cooperation in an all-round way. The rock-solid and everlasting friendship between our two countries has become the most precious strategic asset for both of us.
On the new journey forward, China will continue to uphold peace, development and win-win cooperation, work for a new type of international relations and the community with a shared future for mankind, boost high quality development of the Belt and Road Initiative, and provide new opportunities to the rest of the world while developing itself. In this process, China will always take Pakistan as a priority in its neighborhood diplomacy. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of China-Pakistan diplomatic ties, China stands ready to work with the Pakistani side to host a series of celebration activities, and elevate China-Pakistan relations to a new level and deliver more benefits to our peoples.
Bloomberg News: The Financial Times report said US and Japan have been conducting war games and joint military exercises to prepare for any potential conflict with China over Taiwan. The planning began in the final year of the Trump administration. Does the foreign ministry have any comment?
Wang Wenbin: We note relevant reports. Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory. The Chinese government and people's firm resolve and will to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity will not waver in the face of any external pressure. We hope relevant sides will stop hyping up the "China threat" theory and instead do more things in the interest of regional peace and stability.
CNR: As the global pandemic situation remains complicated and grave, could you update us on the progress in China's "spring sprout" program overseas to help get Chinese nationals vaccinated?
Wang Wenbin: Since COVID-19 broke out, the life and health of each and every Chinese national overseas has always been on the mind of the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government. Since State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced the launch of the "spring sprout" program at a press conference during the "two sessions", China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and overseas diplomatic and consular missions have helped over 1.7 million overseas Chinese citizens in more than 160 countries to get inoculated with Chinese or foreign-made vaccines, conveying the care of the CPC and the Chinese government to Chinese compatriots all across the world.
Going forward, we will stay true to the purpose of serving the people heart and soul, strengthen communication and cooperation with relevant countries, and further expand the scope of the "spring sprout" program on the basis of complying with host country laws and regulations and respecting the will of each individual. We hope to make more progress in this program to ensure that overseas Chinese nationals who should be vaccinated can get the jabs as soon as possible and all those who want to be vaccinated have access to doses. Through such efforts, we hope to build a strong firewall to protect the safety and health of overseas Chinese nationals.
Today is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC. We would like to wish the great, glorious and correct CPC a very happy birthday!