Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Regular Press Conference on June 11, 2019
Q: US President Trump said yesterday during an interview with CNBC that he expects to meet President Xi. When asked if the US will raise tariffs on $300 billion Chinese products if he couldn't meet with President Xi at the G20 Osaka Summit, President Trump said "yes". Are the two leaders going to meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit? What is your response to President Trump's remarks?
A: I responded to this yesterday. We note that recently the US has repeatedly stated in public that it looks forward to a meeting between Chinese and US leaders on the sidelines of the G20 Osaka Summit. If we have relevant information, we will release it in due course.
Our position on China-US trade issues is clear and firm. China does not want a trade war, but we are not afraid of fighting one. If the US is ready for equal-footed consultations, our door is wide open. But if the US insists on escalating frictions, we will fight to the end with firm resolve.
Q: On Monday, the US expressed concerns on the Hong Kong SAR government's amendment to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance, saying that such a move could jeopardize the special status of Hong Kong. I wonder if you have any comment?
A: We have made clear our position on this issue on many occasions. The SAR government has been gathering opinions on the amendment from all sectors in Hong Kong. In response to the views and suggestions, the draft has been modified twice. The Central Government will continue to support the SAR government in advancing the amendment to the two ordinances.
I'd like to bring to your attention that since the return of Hong Kong, policies including "one country, two systems", "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong" and a high degree of autonomy have been earnestly implemented. Hong Kong people's rights and freedoms have been fully guaranteed. Hong Kong has been consistently rated by many international institutions as one of the freest economies and most competitive regions in the world.
I'd like to stress once again that Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs. No other country, organization or individual has the right to interfere. China deplores and firmly opposes the irresponsible and erroneous comments on the amendments and other Hong Kong affairs made by the US side. We urge the US to view the relevant amendments in a fair and just manner, exercise caution in its words and deeds, and stop in whatever form interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's domestic affairs.