At the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council, Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Federal Republic of Germany will pay an official visit to China from October 29 to 30.
At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Denmark Kristian Jensen will pay an official visit to China from October 25 to 27.
Q: On October 22, the UN Committee on Contributions estimated that China would surpass Japan in peacekeeping budget contribution rates in 2016, jumping to second from sixth, with the US topping the list. What is China's comment?
A: As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China has been taking an active part in the UN peacekeeping operations and has already become a major contributor of troops and funds to the peacekeeping operations, making important contributions to safeguarding world peace and security with concrete actions. During his attendance at the UN summits marking its 70 anniversary, President Xi Jinping announced a series of major measures to support the UN peacekeeping operations, showcasing once again China's sense of responsibility in upholding world peace.
China will continue to participate in the UN peacekeeping operations, honor its due financial obligations and pay its share in the UN peacekeeping contributions in line with the UN principle of capacity to pay, making positive contributions to world peace and security.
Q: Do you have a total number of the Chinese people killed and injured in the stampede incident in Mecca?
A: Our latest update is that there are four Chinese citizens killed in the Mecca stampede.
Q: It is reported that when talking about Hong Kong's constitutional development the other day, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that he hopes that Hong Kong can choose its chief executive without prior vetting by the Chinese central government. What is your response to that?
A: Since the return of Hong Kong, "one country, two systems" and the Basic Law have been effectively implemented. Hong Kong residents are fully enjoying the rights and freedom they are entitled to in accordance with the law. We will carry through the principles of "one country, two systems", "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong", and a high degree of autonomy, firmly support the Hong Kong SAR government and its chief executive in governing the region in accordance with the law, and support the gradual and orderly development of democracy in Hong Kong in accordance with the Basic Law and the realization of universal suffrage.
I also want to stress that Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China, the affairs of Hong Kong belong to China's domestic affairs. The British side has said on many occasions that it supports Hong Kong in realizing universal suffrage in accordance with the Basic Law and the relevant decision of the NPC Standing Committee and will deal with Hong Kong-related issues cautiously. It is hoped that the British side can honor its commitments, be prudent with its words and deeds, and refrain from interfering in Hong Kong affairs in any way.