Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on April 12, 2019

Source:MFA 2019-04-15

 

Q: A military coup unfolded in Sudan. The Sudanese Defense Ministry said that President Omar al-Bashir was arrested. What's China's view on the situation in Sudan?

A: We have been closely following the development of the situation in Sudan. As you all know, non-interference in other countries' internal affairs is our consistent principle. We believe that the Sudanese side is capable of managing its own internal affairs and ensuring its national peace and stability.

Traditional friendship runs deep between our two countries and peoples. No matter how the situation may evolve in Sudan, we will remain committed to upholding and developing friendly and cooperative ties.

Q: Does China recognize the military council in Sudan? What role does it intend to play in helping maintain social stability in Sudan? With major investment in the country, is China worried that its interests will be harmed?

A: Just as I said earlier, and as I believe you are well aware of, China's position is very clear: we are committed to non-interference in other countries' internal affairs.

On the latest situation in Sudan, as I said, we believe that the Sudanese side is capable of managing its own internal affairs and ensuring its national peace and stability. As to the Chinese investment and other interests in Sudan that you referred to, I'd like to point out that, over the years, the bilateral relations between China and Sudan have enjoyed sound development and our mutually-beneficial cooperation has delivered benefits to both peoples. We share a deep friendship. No matter how the situation may evolve in Sudan, we will remain committed to upholding and developing friendly and cooperative ties.

Q: Several years ago President Xi Jinping referred to Bashir as an old friend. Is China concerned that its old friend has been overthrown by Sudan's military? Does China plan on offering its old friend any material support? Also, there are a lot of protesters now on the streets defying curfews which is a potentially dangerous situation. Where does China stand on that current situation?

A: Regarding your first question, like I said, China and Sudan enjoy traditional friendship. In our decades-long friendly relations, we have maintained friendly exchanges with Sudan's government, its all walks of life and the Sudanese people.

As for your second question, I would like to reiterate that we believe Sudan has the capability to properly handle its internal affairs.  

Q: The newly installed World Bank President on Thursday urged caution with the loans from China, citing the high buildup of debt, especially across the nations in Africa. He also pushed for more transparency in cooperation between China and Africa. What is your response?

A: China's mutually beneficial cooperation with other countries under the Belt and Road Initiative, including that with African countries as you mentioned, is carried out following the principle of openness and transparency and on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit through friendly consultation.

As to whether such cooperation will add debt burdens for the partners, we already took similar questions on many occasions earlier. I wonder whether the relevant party is able to provide any solid evidence proving that the debt crisis in any country is attributed to its cooperation with China? But no such evidence has been offered to us by far. On the contrary, on this podium, we have come forward with solid evidence that slapped back the doubts of relevant parties and proved that the debts in the countries they identified are not caused by their cooperation with China at all. Instead, the debts incurred because some other countries caused a bigger proportion of their debts.

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