Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on May 14, 2018
At the invitation of the government of the Unites States, President Xi Jinping's Special Envoy, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Vice Premier of the State Council and Chinese Initiator of the China-US Comprehensive Economic Dialogue Liu He will pay a visit to the Unites States from May 15 to 19. Vice Premier Liu He will hold another round of consultations with the US economic team led by US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on bilateral economic and trade issues.
Q: It is reported that a high-level DPRK official has arrived in Beijing today. Do you know who this high-level official is? What is the purpose of the visit? Is it to brief the Chinese side on their talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo?
A: China and the DPRK maintain normal exchanges. As for the reports you just mentioned about the arrival of a senior DPRK official, I am not aware of that situation.
Q: Yesterday, US President Donald Trump tweeted that he and President Xi Jinping are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business fast and that the US Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done. What is your response to this?
A: We highly appreciate these positive remarks on the ZTE issue, and we are currently in close communication with them on how exactly to implement it. As for the specific issues over which the US side has voiced its concerns, our two sides also maintain close communication. Like I said just now, at the invitation of the US government, Vice Premier Liu He will travel to the US from May 15 to 19 for more consultations with the US economic team on bilateral economic and trade issues. China is willing to work with the US to ensure positive and constructive outcomes from this upcoming round of trade talks.
Q: On May 12, clashes broke out between the Myanmar government forces and ethnic armed groups in the northern Shan State, close to the China-Myanmar border area. There were some causalities, and according to the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar, besides these causalities in Myanmar, the conflict also drove border residents and flew stray bullets into the Chinese side. China has lodged stern representations with the relevant parties in Myanmar. Can you give us more details and what is China's position on this?