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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning's Regular Press Conference on February 3, 2023
CNN*: Pentagon officials said that over the past few days, they have been monitoring a high-altitude surveillance balloon that they believe is from China. I wonder if you can confirm this and offer any comments. And will this revelation have any impact on the expected visit by Secretary Blinken to China and the program of the visit, including his expected meeting with the Chinese leader? 
Mao Ning: I have noted relevant reports. We are gathering and verifying the facts. As to whether Secretary Blinken will visit China, I have nothing to offer at the moment. 
CNN*: The US military has also said that it is not the first time that high-altitude surveillance balloons from China have been discovered in the US airspace and they have expressed the hope to maintain communication with the Chinese side via multiple channels. But after Speaker Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, the Chinese side has suspended mil-to-mil talks with the US. Does this incident highlight the importance and urgency of resuming China-US mil-to-mil talks?
Mao Ning: China is a responsible country and we always act in accordance with international law. We have no intention to violate the territory or airspace of any sovereign country. As I said, we are gathering and verifying the facts. We hope both sides can handle the matter together in a cool-headed and prudent manner.
* a rare, auspicious appearance at the daily briefing
Other than that, what else is going on in the world of "Just Transition" action plans?
Global Times: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in his remarks to the International Religious Freedom Summit [partners, sponsors] that this past November  [?], the US named a dozen nations as "Countries of Particular Concern" because of their egregious violations of religious freedom, including China's "perpetrating an ongoing genocide against predominantly Muslim Uyghurs". Do you have any comment?
Mao Ning: Those remarks are contrary to the basic facts and deeply rooted in ideological bias. They deliberately paint China's religious policy in a negative light and constitutes grave interference in China's internal affairs. We are firmly opposed to that.
euractiv | EU imports from Xinjiang rose by 34% in 2022, 2 Feb illustrated
... Judging by Chinese customs statistics, EU imports from Xinjiang have strongly increased in the past years, reaching more than $1.1 billion in 2022. The number is a fraction of the total EU imports from China, which stood at €472 billion in 2021. However, some products that the EU imports from the rest of China are likely < wipes tears > to have parts of their supply chain in Xinjiang....
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by Cat on Sat Feb 4th, 2023 at 12:32:22 AM EST
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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning's Regular Press Conference on February 7, 2023
NBC*: China has said that The Balloon™ that was shot down over the US and the second balloon that has been spotted over Latin America are civilian airships. Which company or enterprise or department do the balloons belong to? Can China please clarify for the record? Several days into the investigation, could you please clarify what kind of information, weather or otherwise, was The Balloon™ gathering over the US?
Mao Ning: The Chinese side has given information about the unmanned airship on several occasions.
Wang, also a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks during a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. [04.02.23]
I don't have anything to add at the moment.
NBC*: Has China asked the US to return the debris of The Balloon™ that was shot down?
Mao Ning: The airship does not belong to the US. It belongs to China.
buh bye!
by Cat on Tue Feb 7th, 2023 at 06:19:34 PM EST
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