Q: China has concluded its rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for November. Can you give us more details on China's November presidency?
A: With the support and coordination of all parties, China has successfully concluded its rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for November. Following the principle of fairness, transparency, high efficiency and pragmatism, the Chinese sided hosted 35 meetings, adopted six resolutions and issued seven press statements by the President of the Security Council.
Under China's auspices, the Security Council in November held open debates, called for supporting multilateralism and strengthening the role of the UN, moved forward deliberations and the political settlement processes of relevant international and regional hot-spot issues, and prompted discussions and actions from all parties on the UN peacekeeping operations. Under the rotating presidency, China has given full play to its role as a permanent member of the Security Council and made new and positive contributions to world peace and security, thus winning acclaim from all parties.
The UN is the banner of multilateralism and the core of multilateral mechanisms. Under the current circumstances, the international community needs a strong United Nations more than ever. China will continue to abide by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, firmly uphold multilateralism, actively push for the settlement of hot-spot issues and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and promote a bigger role for the UN in international affairs.
Q: Last week, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of Kartarpur corridor along the Pakistani-Indian border. The Indian side has also approved the corridor project. This corridor will provide a visa free access to Sikh pilgrims from India wishing to visit the holy shrine in Pakistan. What is China's comment?
A: We have noted relevant reports and are pleased with this positive interaction between Pakistan and India.
These two countries are important nations in South Asia, and a steady relationship between them is significant to peace and development of this region and the world beyond. We sincerely wish that they could strengthen communication and dialogue, properly handle differences, improve bilateral ties, and jointly maintain regional peace and stability.