Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on November 2, 2017
Q: The king of Bhutan is visiting India. Yesterday, he was received by the Indian president. In their discussions, the president of India said that India appreciated Bhutan’s support with regard to the Doklam crisis. The manner in which India and Bhutan stood together in this situation is a clear testimony to their friendship. Second, the technical hold on the listing of Masood Azhar as a terrorist is due to lapse today, which is with regard to the resolution by the US, UK and France at the UN Security Council on which China has put a technical hold earlier. As the technical hold expired today, is China going to extend that further or put another technical hold on that?
A: As for the first question, we have noted the relevant reports. Both India and Bhutan are China’s important neighbors. China stays committed to developing good-neighborliness and friendship with India and Bhutan and welcomes the development of normal state-to-state relations between these two countries.
You mentioned the standoff in Dong Lang from June to August. China stated its stance on this many times. We believe that the proper settlement of the Dong Lang incident through diplomatic efforts serves the common interests of both China and India. We hope India will abide by historical boundary agreements, observe the principles of international law and work with China to uphold peace and tranquility in the border region.
On your second question, as we said before, China proposed the technical hold so that more time was given to the Committee for deliberations and to all relevant parties for further consultations. Regrettably however, the Committee has yet to reach a consensus. The action we have just taken at the 1267 Committee is, as always, meant to uphold the authority and validity of the Committee. China would remain in communication and coordination with all relevant parties in line with the resolutions of the Security Council and the rules of procedure of the 1267 Committee.
Follow-up: does that mean China has extended the technical hold again?
A: The Committee has its own rules of procedure. As I said, there are differences over this issue in the Committee and it has yet to reach a consensus.