Interview: Restoring social stability crucial to Hong Kong's future, Georgia's former envoy to China says
TBILISI, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Protests in any form should be peaceful, by no means through radical actions and disruption of normal life, David Aptsiauri, former Georgian ambassador to China, has said.
"We think that any protest should be expressed in peaceful ways through dialogue, readiness for consensus solutions and not by means of radical actions and disruption of normal life of the community," Aptsiauri, also general director of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told Xinhua recently.
Aptsiauri stressed that social stability is vitally important for further economic development and improvement of living standards in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong's closer cooperation with the Chinese mainland "means increasing new job opportunities and growth of trade and tourism," Aptsiauri said, calling on the people in Hong Kong to cherish and maintain peace and stability.
Aptsiauri recalled he had visited Hong Kong several times as the former ambassador to China and was impressed by the progress the city made after its reunification with the Chinese mainland.
"I would like to reiterate that Georgia firmly supports the 'one country, two systems' principle," he said.
Hong Kong has since June suffered from prolonged and escalating violence that originated from demonstrations over proposed ordinance amendments concerning fugitive offenders.
The Hong Kong police said the level of aggression by demonstrators has been the highest in decades.
PRIME MINISTER OF GEORGIA MEETS NEW AMBASSADOR OF CHINA
Chinese people respects the choice made by Georgian people to live in a unified Georgia" stated Li Yan, newly appointed Ambassador of the People's Republic of China at an introductory meeting with Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia today.
Madam diplomat focused on the support of China towards sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, inter alia through international formats.
Meeting held at the Government Administration of Georgia gave rise to discussions related to the prospects of intensified interaction between Georgia and China to cover both economic and people-to-people relations.
Growing inflow of tourists from China was positively viewed and noted that number of visitors has been increased by 50 percent in the first half of the current year. This indicator is expected to rise further by the end of 2019.
Positive trend of bilateral trade has been underlined. Attention was made on the significance of Georgia's participation in the China International Import Expo. It was thereby noted that it will be yet another annual opportunity given to the Georgian companies to showcase their output to Chinese investors.
Silk Road Forum has also been discussed at the meeting within the initiative of One Belt - One Road. Significant role of Georgia as a regional hub has been stressed towards this end.
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Interview with the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation S.Lavrov
Response of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov to the question of the editorial board of “Foreign Policy and Diplomacy of Turkmenistan” magazine regarding the First Caspian Economic Forum
Question: How do you evaluate the role of the First Caspian Economic Forum in promoting the Caspian Agenda, strengthening the multilateral format of cooperation in the Caspian?
Answer: The solution to the issue of economic development of the Caspian region on regional and mutually beneficial base gains new relevance after the endorsement of the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea in August 2018. It is obvious that this document satisfies the interests of all the Caspian littoral states not solely due to the fact that its clauses clearly define the mutual rights and obligations on the use of the given basin, including the measures on strengthening trust and security in this region of the world in general. The value of this international agreement is also based on the fact that it creates the necessary legal conditions for the growth of cooperation in trade-investment and transport spheres.
In present conditions, the necessity of creating specialized platform for direct contacts between the governments, profile economic agencies and business entities interested in the work on the Caspian has objectively matured. In this regard, the idea of holding the First Caspian Economic Forum on regular basis initiated by the President of Turkmenistan G.M. Berdimuhamedov is well-timed. This proposal was embodied in the five-sided Intergovernmental Agreement on Trade-Economic Cooperation signed a year ago, simultaneously with the Convention and adopted upon the outcomes of the Communiqué of the meeting of the Presidents during the Fifth Caspian Summit.
It is pleasing that the Forum’s Agenda includes a wide range of issues on the development of trade-economic ties, improvement of investment climate, broadening of practical cooperation in the area of industry, transport, innovations and science.
I am confident that the First Caspian Economic Forum will give additional impulse to the collaboration in such spheres as trade, investments and tourism that will contribute amongst others to the transformation of the Caspian into one of the world’s largest transport and transit hubs.
Russia attaches great importance to this event. The level of the Russian delegation to be headed by the Head of the Government of the Russian Federation D.A.Medvedev serves as a vivid proof of this.
The meeting of Archil Talakvadze with the newly appointed Ambassador of People’s Republic of China
The Speaker, H.E. Archil Talakvadze held the introductory meeting with the newly appointed Ambassador of China to discuss the bilateral relations and the cooperation agenda.
As noted, political, trade-economic, cultural and people-to-people relations are the directions Georgia and China are to adhere to in further cooperation.
The parties dwelt on the Silk Road Project “One Belt One Road”, which is of the strategic importance for Georgia and Georgia, in terms of security, economic integration and infrastructural update is committed for this mission.
The parties touched upon transit and investment capacities of Georgia and stressed importance of inter-Parliamentary ties.
The Ambassador reaffirmed support to territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia and underlined that China strongly respects the choice Georgian people has opted for development. In his turn, the Speaker expressed intact support of Georgia to “One-China” policy.
The Speaker wished good luck to the Ambassador and expressed commitment for close cooperation.
PRIME MINISTER OF GEORGIA DISCUSSES PROSPECTS OF INCREASED EXPORT VOLUMES WITH PREMIER OF STATE COUNCIL OF PRC
Increased export of Georgian output to the People's Republic of China (PRC) and transformation of Georgia into a regional hub has been discussed by Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia and Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the PRC held at a State Residence in Dalian today.
Head of Government of Georgia congratulated his distinguished host with 70th Anniversary since founding of the People's Republic of China and expressed his gratitude for the support demonstrated towards Georgia.
Discussions were focused on the need of full and comprehensive use of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and significance of more investments in Georgia, especially in areas that have a greater export potential.
Within the context of Georgia's transformation into a regional hub, interest of large companies was noted as essential in making investments and opening regional offices in Georgia.
Role of people-to-people relations has been noted as important for further intensifying the bilateral trade and economic links.
Premier of the State Council of PRC confirmed solid support towards the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia, along with the loyalty towards non-recognition policy.
Meeting between the Prime Minister of Georgia and Premier of the State Council of PRC was attended by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Commerce, Science and Technologies of Georgia, Chairman of the State Reforms and Development Commission of China who are directly accountable towards the Premier of the State Council. High-level meeting of this format was first of its kind and in the opinion of the participants manifests the qualitatively advanced level of bilateral relations.
Head of Government of Georgia expressed profound gratitude to the Premier of the State Council of PRC for the invitation to visit Dalian for the World Economic Forum (WEF), which engages only a few country leaders.
Prime Minister of Georgia is scheduled to deliver a speech at the panel discussion of the WEF on Talent-Transforming Technology. Working Visit of the Head of Government of Georgia in Dalian is scheduled to be completed on July 2, 2019.
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Interview with Phati Bukhrikidze
1. Please briefly introduce yourself and your organization.
I am Phati Bukhrikidze.
I am a woman of women's peace movement and I represent Georgia Organization "Women and Development, which works in the most conflicting region in Shida Kartli, Georgia. At time of armed conflict going in Georgia, in August 2008, the state of Russia occupied the whole central region of Shida Kartli, Georgia. Women and girls of Shida Kartli, who represent 2/3 of the whole population, were especially incurred by war activities and occupation.
2. First of all, we would like to ask you what “peace”; means and why you think “peace”; is needed in Georgia
The peace for me means to leave a legacy of world of peace for future generations by expanding peace work among the groups working for realization of world peace and the improvement of women's status.
3. What was your motivation for you to begin collaborating with International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) and what kinds of projects have you been doing in “affiliation with IWPG?
Our motivation is that for to begin collaborating with IWPG is an international peace NGO that protects children with a motherly heart and works to leave a legacy of a peaceful world to the future generation. IWPG works for the prosperity of humanity and for the protection of the beautiful global village with peace. In particular, it is very important for our children and young adults, who will be our future leaders, to realize the painful history of war and to plant peaceful hearts to achieve world peace and cessation of war.
We cooperate with IWPG on women's peace education, development of women's peacekeeping movement, spreading peace and spreading culture.
4. I heard you had a meeting with the first advisor to the president of Georgia to deliver the peace letters. Who wrote those Peace Letters? How did you get to take part in the Peace Letters campaign?
I personally handed peace letters to give the President's Advisor. These peace letters were written by women activists of the peace movement, who have experimented with the horrors of war pain. I participated in the Peace Letter campaign. I wrote a letter of peace in my hand, where I asked the President of Georgia, to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) is the answer to achieving peace, which was first declared by an NGO HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), in 2016.
5. Please tell us how the first advisor to the president of Georgia reacted about those Peace Letters? Did she give you any reply?
Meeting with the President's Advisor is very positive. In response to DPCW’s support for UN and IWPG Ms. Ketevan Makharashvili said: that the president’s administration is working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the issue and they will give us about decision information.
6. What are the ultimate aims and goals that you would like to achieve through this Peace Letters Campaign? I would like to ask you if you have any further plan to achieve such aims and goals.
Through this peace letter campaign, my goal is to make more women in this movement in order to force the Georgian government to support the UN DPCW
7. Please give some words to the women’s organizations in Georgia and the organizations working for peace in Georgia.
My initiative and active member of Women's Peace Movement in Georgia, In Shida Kartli there are hundreds of women and girls and this movement is headed by Women and Development and Feminist Initiatives Foundation