"China's position is firm and consistent," Wang said. China follows a responsible approach to the South China Sea issue, taking into account interests of the Chinese people, historical facts, regional peace and the international rule of law, he said.
Citing a latest poll, Wang said over 50 percent of the American people have a favorable view of China and the figure has been rising steadily in recent years. “I hope people will not focus just on the problems of U.S.-China relations, but also pay attention to the positive aspects," Wang said.
Some Americans allege that China will replace America's role in the world. This conclusion is fundamentally wrong.
China is on a long march to modernization and it has no need or intention to replace the United States' international role.
The BRI is a transparent initiative that follows the "golden rule" of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits.
The Belt and Road Initiative is a global public good that follows international rules. It is an international cooperation platform that follows market principles.
Chinese and Indian leaders have developed a strategic vision for the future bilateral ties, which is the Chinese "dragon" and the Indian "elephant" must not fight but dance with each other, Wang said.
When China and India, the two largest developing countries in the world, each with a population of more than 1 billion, become modernized, the two countries must do everything to empathize with and support each other, he said.
With political trust, not even the Himalayas can stop us from friendly exchanges. Without it, not even level land can bring us together.
Stressing that shared understanding between the two countries far outstrips difference and common interests far outweigh frictions, Wang said China is willing and ready to carry on traditional friendship. He said he hopes the two sides will replace suspicion with trust, manage differences through dialogue and build a future through cooperation.
"Never forget why you started, and you can accomplish your mission. At this important juncture, we ask Japan to have political credibility and act accordingly to cement the political foundation of its relations with China," Wang said. Japan should earnestly implement the political understanding that "China and Japan see each other as partners, not threats."
For decades, the West has made all kinds of assessment and predictions about China. To some Westerners, China is either collapsing or threatening, Wang said. As China grows, the “China collapse theory” has collapsed and become an international laughing stock. Meanwhile, the “China threat theory” with its various sensational versions is losing market.
Those who do not have bias or practice double standards will see China's development as an opportunity instead of a threat. It is time the "China threat theory" was laid to rest, Wang said.
President Xi Jinping, as the chief architect of China's major-country diplomacy, has been personally involved in planning and conducting "brilliant" head-of-state diplomacy.
Xi has visited 57 countries and received more than 110 foreign heads of state since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012, deepening the world's understanding of China, enhancing China's profile and influence, and facilitating the solution to many global problems, Wang said. "President Xi's leadership and charisma has earned him and his country many good friends, among foreign leaders who represent a diverse range of cultures and social systems," he said.
First, Boao Forum for Asia annual conference will take place in Hainan this April, and focus on reform and opening-up.
Second, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit will take place in Qingdao this June, and focus on revitalizing the Shanghai Spirit.
Third, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit will take place in Beijing this September, and focus on the Belt and Road Initiative.
Fourth, the First China International Import Expo will take place in Shanghai this November, and focus on further market opening.
"The China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination is as stable as Mount Tai," Wang voiced strong confidence in China-Russia relationship, saying "sky is the limit" for bilateral cooperation, "There is always room to make the relationship even better."
China will continue to put cooperation with ASEAN high on its agenda. China is looking to upgrade its strategic partnership and build a closer community of shared future with ASEAN.
Changes in the world will not break China-Africa friendship or China's promise of sincerity, real results, friendship and good faith to Africa, Wang said.
"As we work together for a community with a shared future for humanity, African brothers and sisters are welcome to get on board China's fast train of development," Wang said.
现代快报特派记者大声喊话：“外长，对近来‘精日’分子不断挑衅民族底线的行为，您怎么看？”现场很嘈杂，但是外长仍驻足倾听提问，听清问题后，外长严肃地手一挥，怒斥部分 “精日”分子的行径：“ 中国人的败类！”