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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s Regular Press Conference on May 22, 2024

AFP: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen hinted yesterday that the EU might impose tariffs on China’s electric vehicles, but will take a different approach from the US. She said that should it be confirmed that China’s subsidies on electric vehicles are illicit, the EU will impose targeted duties. What’s your comment on her remarks?
Wang Wenbin: China’s development and openness bring the EU and the world opportunities rather than risks. Protectionism does not solve the EU’s problems, but only protects backwardness and costs the EU its future. China and the EU are each other’s second largest trading partners. Both are major contributors to an open world economy. It’s important for the two sides to handle specific economic and trade issues through dialogue and consultation. We noted the EU side’s remarks and hope that the EU will act on its commitment to supporting free trade and opposing protectionism, and work with us to uphold the overall economic and trade cooperation between the two sides.
Beijing Daily: The Foreign Ministry announced on its website the decision to take countermeasures against former US Congressman Mike Gallagher. What message does the Foreign Ministry hope to send?
Wang Wenbin: Over the past few years, driven by selfish interest and bias, former member of the US Congress Mike Gallagher grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs, which seriously undermined China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, disrupted China-US relations and harmed China’s interests as well as the common interests of China and the US. His actions were egregious in terms of both their nature and impact.
In accordance with China’s Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law, China decided to take countermeasures against Mike Gallagher, including banning him from entering China, freezing his property in China, and prohibiting organizations and individuals in China from transactions and cooperation with him. The details have been released in the decree of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It must be stressed that China has unwavering resolve in upholding national sovereignty, security and development interest. China will bring the full weight of the law to bear against anyone or any organization bent on countering and containing China.
AFP: My question is about a former Royal Marine charged with assisting the Hong Kong intelligence service. He was found dead in a park in southeastern England last Sunday. What’s your comment?
Wang Wenbin: We noted the report. We have previously made clear China’s position on the UK’s so-called “Chinese spy” cases. We firmly oppose the vilification of China under the pretext of so-called “spying” and urge the UK to stop the political manipulation aimed at China.
CCTV: It’s reported US Treasury Secretary Yellen said yesterday Chinese production in areas such as electric vehicles, batteries and solar panels “significantly exceeds global demand,” the US and Europe need to respond in a “strategic and united way” and the subject will be a focus at the forthcoming meeting of G7 finance ministers this month. What’s your comment? 
Wang Wenbin: We have made it clear that China’s new energy sector has thrived because of our companies’ decades-long technology accumulation and participation in open competition. They competed their way to excellence rather than relied on industrial subsidies. That’s fully consistent with the principles of market economy and fair competition. China’s new energy sector offers advanced capacity urgently needed for the global economy’s green transition. It’s not “overcapacity.” 
The US “overcapacity” narrative against China’s new energy sector is diametrically opposed to facts and the laws of economics. It is pure protectionism. According to US logic, any large export of a particular product means an “overcapacity.” If so, shouldn’t US soy, plane and natural gas exports in large amounts be considered overcapacity? Shouldn’t the G7 finance ministers meeting first and foremost focus on US overcapacity in those areas?
“Overcapacity” is just a pretext the US uses to try to coerce G7 members into creating fences and restrictions for Chinese new energy products. This could mean building a coalition for protectionism which is completely against the trend of the times that calls for openness and mutual benefit. It will not only hurt the consumers in those countries but also impede global green transition.
We need to point out that green double standard is not an option. It does not get anyone the best of both worlds and will only backfire. If you want to deal with climate change, then you must say no to protectionism. If one resorts to protectionism, there will be no real solution to climate change. The US can’t just wave the banner of climate response and ask China to take on greater responsibility on the one hand, while wielding the stick of protectionism and not letting Chinese green products benefit the world on the other.
China stands ready to work with all countries to deepen cooperation on new energy industrial and supply chains, and promote tech innovation and industrial development. We hope that countries will embrace open cooperation, reject protectionism, strive for win-win and prevent lose-lose.

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