Q: China today officially takes over the G20 presidency for 2016. What will China do to prepare for the 2016 summit? What proposals will China put forward?
A: China will host the 11th G20 summit from September 4 to 5 next year in Hangzhou. Today, China officially takes over the G20 presidency for 2016. In a special speech made by President Xi Jinping on China's hosting of the 2016 G20 summit, he pointed out that the world economy and the international economic cooperation is facing an important turning point. Against this backdrop, the G20 should think globally and act practically when guiding and promoting international economic cooperation, strive to resolve prominent issues of the world economy, achieve strong, sustainable and balanced growth and create an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy.
The all-round preparatory work for the 2016 summit is well underway. The official website for the summit has been launched. You can follow the website for the latest information which will be updated in a timely fashion. I would like to reiterate that the Chinese side will uphold the principle of openness, transparency and inclusiveness and remain in close communication and coordination with all members so as to ensure a success of next year's summit.
After the conference, the following question was raised: the South China Sea Arbitral Tribunal has wrapped up its hearing on issues related to merits. What is your comment?
Hua Chunying: China has expounded on many occasions its position that the Arbitral Tribunal has no jurisdiction over the arbitration unilaterally initiated by the Philippines and that China will neither accept nor participate in the arbitration. This position is clear and consistent.
The Philippines' unilateral initiation and obstinate pushing forward of the South China Sea arbitration is a political provocation under the cloak of law. It is in essence not an effort to settle disputes but an attempt to negate China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea.
With regard to the issues of territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, China will not accept any solution imposed on it or any unilateral resort to a third-party dispute settlement. China has a right to do so as a sovereign state and a State Party to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Philippines' attempt to negate China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea through arbitral proceeding will lead to nothing.