Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Regular Press Conference on November 30, 2018
Q: A recent report titled "Chinese Influence and American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance"released by Stanford University's Hoover Institution said that China is trying to infiltrate into and influence US think tanks, universities, media and governments at various levels and undermine democratic values. It also expressed concerns about things like the Chinese government's influence and Chinese language media in the US. Has the Chinese government seen a copy of this report? Which part of it do you disagree with?
A: As a regular to the press conference, you may have known that as a principle, we do not directly and specifically respond to the viewpoints, remarks, articles and reports of media, think tanks, experts and scholars. So, I would just give you some general response.
Forty years ago, in pursuit of reform and opening-up, China opened its door to the enterprises, media, think tanks and students from all other countries, including the United States. During the past four decades, they have borne witness to and also taken part in the process of China's reform and opening-up, contributing to the achievements China has scored in its development so far.
Today, forty years later, we hope that the United States, as the No.1 superpower in the world, can also remain open to the enterprises, media, think tanks and students from all other countries, including China, and make positive contributions to enhancing the mutual understanding and promoting the mutually beneficial cooperation with other countries. We hope and believe that the US side can have such confidence in themselves.
We Chinese people always say that we have confidence in four aspects, namely our path, theories, system and culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics. We hope that the US can also have confidence in these four aspects of their own.
We now live in an era of globalization and all countries are citizens of one and same global village. People of all countries have now built a community with a shared future with our exchanges getting closer and our interests highly integrated. Any attempt to obstruct and disturb the normal exchanges and cooperation between the people around the world with a zero-sum game mindset just runs against the trend of history as well as the will of the people and is doomed to fail.