Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Regular Press Conference on December 4, 2018
At the invitation of State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Ri Yong-ho will visit China from December 6 to 8.
Q: President Xi Jinping just concluded his state visit to Panama during which the two sides signed a raft of cooperation documents. Could you offer more information on the outcomes of this visit? How do you comment on the current China-Panama relations?
A: President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Panama from December 2 to 3, during which President Xi Jinping held talks with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and met with President Yanibel Abrego of the Panamanian National Assembly. The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations and reached a wide range of consensus. The visit has achieved positive and fruitful outcomes.
The two sides spoke highly of the strong momentum enjoyed by the development of bilateral cooperation in various fields since the establishment of diplomatic ties, and reaffirmed that the one-China principle is a consensus shared by the international community and establishing diplomatic relations is a right choice which has brought tangible benefits to the two peoples. The two heads of state agreed that development should be people-centered, which will guide bilateral cooperation to realize common development and enhance people's well-being.
The two sides agreed to further synergize the National Logistics Strategy of Panama 2030 and the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, boost cooperation in such areas as finance, tourism, logistics and infrastructure construction, and effectively implement such key projects as railway, education and health care. China will make sure that the Panama Canal will be of greater effectiveness in China's deeper engagement in global trade. Panama is willing to fully leverage its advantages in geographic location and logistics, and become the gateway and bond between China and the Central and Latin America.
The two sides agreed to champion free trade, support the multilateral trading system, and commit themselves to reaching a comprehensive and mutually beneficial free trade agreement so as to lift bilateral trade cooperation to higher levels and usher in a new chapter for economic and trade relations between Latin America and Asia. China welcomes more Panamanian imports such as marine food products, meat and pineapples, and Panama welcomes the investment of Chinese enterprises and their setting-up of branches in Panama.
The two sides agreed to abide by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, the norms of international law and the principle of non-interference in domestic affairs. China respects Panama's sovereignty over the Panama Canal and Panama supports China's peaceful unification cause. The two sides also called for the building of a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, equality, fairness and win-win cooperation as well as a community with a shared future for mankind.