On May 12, 2023 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang and Norwegian Foreign Minister Aniken Heutfeld held a joint press conference in Oslo.
Qin Gang had a friendly and candid meeting with Foreign Minister Whitfeld, saying both sides have confidence and expectations for the development of China-Norway relations. China appreciates Norway’s firm commitment to the “One China” policy and applauds the fact that the two countries respect and accommodate each other’s core interests and major concerns. He said that the most important experience gained from the steady and healthy development of China-Norway relations is that the two countries develop relations by seeking common ground on the basis of equality, mutual respect, mutual benefit and win-win results. I pointed out that this is what I was forced to do. reserve the difference.
Qin Gang said that the two sides will exchange views on strengthening China-Norway cooperation in the next stage, resume and accelerate exchanges as soon as possible, promote mutually beneficial cooperation, and deepen understanding and friendship through more frequent and close exchanges. He said he agreed to deepen it. – People and culture exchange. He said the two sides had compared notes on economy, trade, investment, maritime and maritime issues, green transition, climate change, culture, tourism and cooperation at the sub-national level. China has decided to include Norway among the countries covered by its 72/144-hour visa-free transit policy in relevant Chinese port cities, and the two countries have just signed a new version of the Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation. . Qin pointed out that the relevant cooperation achievements will bring further benefits to Chinese and Norwegian enterprises and people. Noting that next year will be the 70th anniversary of the establishment of China-Norway diplomatic relations, Qin Gang said the two sides will prepare a series of celebration activities to further intensify bilateral exchanges and cooperation and lay a solid foundation. , said it had agreed to hold the For the next 70 years of exchange.
Qin Gang pointed out that the Chinese government has made unremitting efforts to protect human rights. Issues related to Hong Kong, Xinjiang, and Tibet are not human rights issues, but concerns the protection of China’s sovereignty, security, and development interests. China resolutely opposes external forces using these issues to create instability within China. The Taiwan issue is essentially an anti-separatist struggle. China hopes for peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and hopes to achieve peaceful reunification. It is the “Taiwan independence” separatist forces and some countries that support and acquiesce to “Taiwan independence” that are undermining the peace and stability across the strait. The Chinese government and people are unwavering in their determination to safeguard sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Qin Gang said that peace and development are mankind’s most enduring aspirations. China and Norway share the view that the more unstable the world situation, the more it is necessary to strengthen dialogue and exchanges. Both countries are staunch defenders of world peace, globalization and free trade, and support the concerted efforts of their countries to combat climate change and achieve sustainable development. China is willing to work with Norway to uphold the international system centered on the United Nations, the international order underpinned by international law, the basic norms of international relations based on the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, and strengthen coordination on peace-related matters. . and reconciliation, and promote world peace and development.
Regarding the Ukraine crisis, Qin Gang stressed that the immediate and urgent task is to stop hostilities and ultimately find a political solution to the crisis through negotiations.
China will always stand on the side of peace and promote peace negotiations. He urged those involved in the crisis to remain calm and restrained, to work together towards a negotiated solution to the crisis, and to establish a balanced, effective and sustainable European security policy to achieve lasting peace and stability. He expressed hope that he would work on building a framework. Europe.