Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Regular Press Conference on May 9, 2018
Q: In the early morning of May 9, Beijing time, US President Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but Iran says it will remain in the JCPOA as long as other parties do the same. What is China's position on this?
A: China regrets the decision made by the US side. The JCPOA is a multilateral agreement reached by the P5+1, the European Union and Iran through negotiations and endorsed by the UN Security Council Resolution 2231. All relevant parties should implement the JCPOA in good faith and ensure its integrity and sanctity. This will contribute to upholding the international non-proliferation regime and peace and stability in the Middle East and will play an exemplary role for the political settlement of hot-spot issues.
Under the current circumstances, China calls on all relevant parties to assume a responsible attitude, bear in mind the long-term and overall picture, stay committed to the political and diplomatic solution, properly handle differences and come back as soon as possible to the right track of continuing with the implementation of the JCPOA. China will maintain dialogue and consultation with all relevant parties and stay committed to upholding and implementing the JCPOA in an objective, unbiased and responsible attitude.
Q: According to Japanese media, China and Japan plan to establish a public-private council related to the Belt and Road Initiative in a bid to promote their joint economic and industrial projects in other countries. Can you confirm that? Do you have any comment?
A: As an open and inclusive initiative, the Belt and Road Initiative follows the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits. Any country that shares the same aspiration is welcome to take part in the Belt and Road Initiative and China is always open to Japan's participation in it. Last year, Japan sent a high-level delegation to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.