« Spokesperson of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Mao Ning, stated that she had no information when questioned about the allegations that Uyghur professor, Rahile Dawut, received a life sentence from Chinese authorities in 2018 for ‘splittism’ during the Ministry of Foreign Affairs press briefing in Beijing on Friday. These allegations were put forward by a human rights organization that has been trying to find her since she mysteriously disappeared seven years ago.
“I don’t understand the situation you mentioned. What I can tell you is that China is a country governed by law and will handle relevant cases in accordance with the law,” Mao Ning said during the presser.
When asked about the three Wushu players from Arunachal Pradesh, an area of high contention for China, which claims it as part of its territory in Tibet, Mao Ning stated that the Asian Games warmly welcomes participants who possess the necessary legal documentation from their respective countries.
“As for the Arunachal Pradesh you mention, the Chinese government has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh. The Southern Tibetan region is a part of Chinese territory,” Mao Ning stated.
Mao Ning emphasised the importance of enhancing cooperation between China, South Korea, and Japan when asked about the prediction that the Trilateral Leaders’ Meeting is expected to take place either later this year or early next year.
“China attaches great importance to cooperation between China, Japan, and South Korea, and actively supports South Korea as the chairman of the trilateral cooperation. At present, the three parties are communicating on holding a series of high-level meetings on trilateral cooperation,” she said.
Regarding the news of South Korean Prime Minister, Han Duck-soo, meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Asian Games opening ceremony in Hangzhou, Mao Ning confirmed that the two countries are currently engaged in communication and coordination.
During the press conference, Mao Ning strongly criticized comments made by the US Ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel, who referred to China’s response to the Fukushima water release as ‘economic coercion’ and accused China of creating a ‘ring of conflict’ with its neighbouring countries.
“The United States is a Pacific coastal country that has always emphasized nuclear safety and environmental protection. We believe that the US, especially the relevant US government entities, should stop favouring and winking at Japan’s irresponsible behaviour, and work with all parties to urge Japan to stop discharging nuclear-contaminated water into the sea and handle individuals in a responsible manner,” Mao Ning concluded. »