Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on October 8, 2018
At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, King Harald V of the Kingdom of Norway will pay a state visit to China from October 11 to 20.
At the invitation of President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping and Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Zhang Chunxian will travel to Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea, to attend the 50th independence anniversary of Equatorial Guinea.
Q: ROK President Moon Jae-in told a cabinet meeting today that Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit the DPRK soon. What is China's comment?
A: China and the DPRK are friendly neighbors. We have the tradition of maintaining friendly exchanges which we believe will carry on.
As for President Moon Jae-in's statement, I have no information to offer at present.
Q: Today marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of China-ASEAN Strategic Partnership. How do you comment on the current China-ASEAN relations?
A: You may notice that we have twenty-some guests sitting in the back. They are great young people from ASEAN countries on a tour in China. So, with your question we would like to extend our warm welcome to them.
Fifteen years ago, China and ASEAN established the Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity. Over the course of the past fifteen years, cooperation between China and ASEAN has been blossoming on all fronts, not only politically and economically but also socially, culturally and in people-to-people exchanges. Two-way trade in 2017 exceeded 500 billion dollars, a nearly six-fold increase compared to that of 2003 when the Strategic Partnership was just established. China has almost 100,000 students from ASEAN countries, more than an eight-fold increase compared to that fifteen years ago. These figures demonstrate that China-ASEAN cooperation has realized the remarkable transformation from quantity to quality, delivering tangible benefits to 2 billion people on both sides.