Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s Regular Press Conference on April 9, 2018
Q: First, Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou has visited India just a few days ago and held wide-ranging talks with his counterpart, the Foreign Secretary Mr. Gokhale there. This is amid reports that a number of Indian ministerial officials are expected to visit China perhaps this month. Would you provide more details regarding that? Second, reports from India say that China has lodged a strong protest over the “transgressions“ by the Indian army in the “Arunachal Pradesh“. Could you share some details on that and what exactly the complaint is about? Third, according to reports, India has asked the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to arrest and hand over an Indian fugitive called Nirav Modi, who is accused of cheating banks in India for about two billion dollars. I understand that China has been conducting the campaign to get back the fugitives from abroad, especially who cheated the banks. How will China respond to this particular request from India?
A: Let me go to your last question first. In accordance to the “one country, two systems” principle and the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, with the assistance or authorization of the Central People’s Government, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region may make appropriate arrangements with foreign states for reciprocal juridical assistance. If India puts forward such request to the Hong Kong SAR, I believe the latter will handle it in accordance with the Basic Law, other relevant laws of the SAR and the judicial assistance treaties it signed with India.
Regarding your second question, I’m not aware of the details of what happened along the China-India border recently as you mentioned. China’s position on the China-India boundary issue remains consistent and clear-cut. The Chinese government has never recognized the so-called “Arunachal Pradesh”. China and India are now in negotiation and consultation for proper settlement of the boundary issue, seeking a fair and reasonable solution acceptable to both sides. Before that is achieved, we hope India will conform to the treaties and agreements reached between the two sides, respect and abide by the Line of Actual Control, stop meaningless playing up and work with China to uphold peace and tranquility in the border areas.
As to your first question, on April 6, Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou held consultations with Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale in New Delhi. We have released information on that. You mentioned that there may be more interactions between China and India recently. I shall say China-India relations have maintained the momentum for development recently with close exchanges at various levels, so it’s not surprising if that happens, and China will issue relevant information in due course.