Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on May 23, 2018
Q: US President Donald Trump yesterday suggested that due to China's influence, the DPRK leader Kim Jong-un has taken a harder position against the United States and the ROK ahead of the US-DPRK summit which is supposed to happen next month. How do you respond to this? Has China been influencing the DPRK leader in this regard?
A: I have noted relevant reports. We have said many times that China is committed to promoting peace talks and will always play a positive role on the Korean Peninsula issue. At present, the political settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue has come across hard-won historic opportunities. We hope that relevant parties, especially the DPRK and the US, could seize the opportunity, meet each other halfway, and address each other's concerns in a balanced way. We also hope that the DPRK-US meeting will proceed smoothly and achieve positive outcomes.
Q: Australian businesses have encountered difficulties amid problems in the China-Australia relations, and the Australian wine exported has been held up at Chinese customs. The Chinese media today urged a ban on Australian wine and beef imports. Is there any directive from the Chinese government for Australian wine exports to be restricted by the customs? How would you characterize the meeting between State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Australian counterpart Bishop in Argentina recently?
A: We usually don't comment on media's opinions. As to the specifics concerning the inspection and clearance of Australian wine at Chinese customs, I would like to refer you to the General Administration of Customs. According to our information at hand, the Chinese customs and the inspection and quarantine department are handling the relevant applications with normal procedures. The relevant departments of the two sides have all along stayed in communication on the relevant issue with each other.