|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Regular Press Conference on December 27, 2019|
Q: Kyrgyz President Jeenbekov said at his annual press conference on December 25 that relations between Kyrgyzstan and China have continued to be better. As the biggest source of investment for Kyrgyzstan, China has helped it with multiple livelihood projects. Kyrgyzstan will make all-out efforts to keep bilateral relations running at a high level. What's your comment?
A: China and Kyrgyzstan are friendly neighbors and comprehensive strategic partners. In recent years, with the personal attention and promotion of our leaders, China-Kyrgyzstan relations have made great strides, as evidenced by greater mutual political trust, fruitful BRI cooperation, flourishing people-to-people exchange and deepening security cooperation. Our bilateral relationship is at its historical best, becoming an exemplar of state-to-state relations featuring mutual respect, friendly cooperation and win-win results.
In recent years, under the framework of BRI cooperation, our two countries have jointly carried out major livelihood projects including the renovation of grid in southern Kyrgyzstan, the Osh Clinic Hospital and the road network rehabilitation project in Bishkek, which have greatly enhanced socioeconomic development and local people's welfare. China stands ready to work with Kyrgyzstan to deepen cooperation across the board, make new progress in bilateral relations and deliver more benefits to the two peoples.
Q: The Inter-Services Public Relations of the Pakistan Armed Forces said that India repeatedly violated the ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control in Kashmir during the last 36 hours. Responding to that, Pakistan Army troops damaged an Indian post near the Haji Pir Pass. Three Indian soldiers were killed and two Pakistani troops died. The Indian army said Pakistan violated the ceasefire agreement and opened fire in Baramulla, which killed one Indian soldier and one civilian. What's your comment?
A: We note media reports on that and are following the latest situation. As a neighbor to both India and Pakistan, China calls on the two countries to exercise restraint, avoid actions that might escalate tensions, peacefully resolve disputes through dialogue and jointly maintain regional peace and stability.
Q: There's a plane crash today in Kazakhstan and there are already more than 15 people confirmed dead. Do you have any information on casualties involving Chinese passengers?
A: We have noted the news. We are deeply saddened by the passing of the victims and extend sincere condolences to their families and the injured.
The Chinese embassy and consulate general in Kazakhstan contacted Kazakh departments to confirm relevant information after the plane crash. Till this moment there has been no notification of casualties involving Chinese citizens. We will update you if and when we have further information.