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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu's Regular Press Conference on October 22, 2009


On October 22, 2009, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu held a regular press conference and answered questions.

Ma Zhaoxu: Good Afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. First of all, I'd like to welcome friends from the high-level delegation of Macau's foreign language media and Chaoyang District of Beijing. I have no announcements to make today. The floor is open.

Q: Will China ask other countries for help to rescue the hijacked "De Xin Hai" cargo ship? Secondly, what is China's expectation of the China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade to be held in Hangzhou next week?

A: I have released relevant information on the hijacked "De Xin Hai" cargo ship Tuesday and stated the position of the Chinese Government. Today I have nothing more to add.

On your second question, I have announced relevant information on the 20th China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade to be held in Hangzhou on Tuesday. Vice Premier Wang Qishan and the U.S. representatives will co-chair the meeting. Please check the MFA website for the latest information.

Q: Head of the UN Board of Inquiry on Gaza Richard Goldstone said in a recent interview that China is one of the countries that oppose handing the Goldstone Report over to the UN Security Council. Please confirm. And if it is true, does China think this will encourage Israel to continue its hostility towards the Palestinians?

A: I don't know if you have verified the authenticity of that information before asking and I wonder if you have noticed China's voting position when the UN Human Rights Council adopted the resolution on the Goldstone Report.

In order to protect and promote the human rights of the Palestinian people on occupied territories and push for the resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, China voted for the relevant draft resolution. In the mean time, China always maintains that all the agencies of the UN should perform their respective duties and work in strict accordance with their respective mandates. China will work with the international community to continue to make constructive efforts for the early realization of peace, stability and development in the Middle-East. That's what we have been doing and what we will continue to do.

Q: On Tuesday you urged Japan not to issue visa to Rebiya Kadeer. Isn't that against China's principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries?

A: I hope you do not listen to a lopsided statement when assessing the issue.

We all know what kind of person Rebiya is. Some forces in Japan attempt to facilitate her visit to Japan for engagement in anti-China activities. We should absolutely express our strong dissatisfaction. Standing resolute in fighting against national separatism and upholding national unity, we believe that any scheme of Rebiya and her kind to split China is doomed to failure.

Q: China and India signed an agreement on climate change cooperation yesterday. What impact will it have on the outcome of the Copenhagen Meeting? Secondly about President Hu Jintao's telephone conversation with President Obama last night, can you provide us with more details?

A: China and India held the Joint Seminar on the national action plan against climate change in New Delhi on October 21. Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua of the National Development and Reform Commission and the Indian Minister of Environment and Forest signed the Agreement on Cooperation on Addressing Climate Change between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of India, which embodies a new level of cooperation in climate change between the two countries.

According to the agreement, China and India will build a climate change partnership aimed at enhancing exchanges and cooperation in mitigation, adaptation and capacity building and set up a China-India climate change working group which will hold an annual meeting in China and India alternately and exchange views on major issues of climate change international negotiations, respective domestic policy measures against climate change and relevant cooperation projects.

China and India share broad common interest in climate change. As major emerging developing countries, both are seeking development and making great efforts to advance international cooperation in climate change. I believe the signing of the accord will strengthen climate change cooperation between the two countries and contribute to the international efforts against climate change.

On your second question, President Hu Jintao and US President Obama had a phone conversation yesterday, during which they exchanged views on bilateral relations and climate change. President Hu pointed out that the Copenhagen Meeting is an important meeting of the international efforts against climate change. Building consensus among all parties concerned and pushing for the success of the meeting based on the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol in accordance with the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities" and the Bali Roadmap is in the common interest of all parties. President Hu stressed that despite many pending problems to be addressed, as long as all parties joint their hands, it's hopeful that the Copenhagen Meeting will yield positive results. The key is to give expression to the basic principles of the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol and lock in the already-achieved outcome of the Bali Roadmap negotiations.

The two presidents agreed to stay in communication on pushing for the success of the Copenhagen Meeting.

Q: I have three questions. First, the consultation of relevant parties on the Iranian nuclear issue concluded on October 21. It's reported that the parties agreed to review the draft deal on nuclear fuel and Iran agreed in principle to transfer the production of enriched uranium abroad. What's China's position on the draft deal and will you support the deal? Secondly, at the last press conference, you mentioned that Chinese Premier and Indian Prime Minister will meet with each other on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit Meetings. Can you elaborate, such as what they will discuss? Thirdly, a human rights organization published a report saying that after the July 5 incident, dozens of Uygur suspects were missing. Can you confirm?

A: On your first question, from October 19 to 21, the IAEA, Iran, the U.S., Russia and France held in Vienna an expert-level consultation on the fuel supply of Tehran's research reactor. We noticed that the meeting made some headway. China welcomes the gradual implementation of the consensus reached in Geneva and will continue to play a constructive role in promoting the settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogue and consultation.

On your second question, Assistant Foreign Minister Hu Zhengyue has answered the questions regarding the possible meeting between Premier Wen Jiabao and Indian Prime Minister Singh in yesterday's press briefing and I have nothing more to add. I think the two leaders will exchanges views on bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of mutual interest.

On your third question, I don't know what ground the remarks of the organization were based on. The organization has on many occasions fabricated rumors to attack China.

I want to stress here that July 5 incident is a grave criminal act of violence involving smashing, looting, beating and arson and was orchestrated by the "three forces" both at home and abroad. China's judicial authorities are handling relevant cases according to the law.

Q: I understand that you said just now that there is no further information to release about the incident of "De Xin Hai" ship. But we are still very concerned about the safety of the 25 hijacked Chinese sailors, especially when the pirates threaten to execute the hostages if the Chinese Government attempts to rescue them. Is the Chinese Government able to ensure the safety of the hostages?

A: I am also very concerned about the safety of the Chinese sailors.

The Chinese Government is taking various measures in an all-out effort to rescue the sailors and the ship. The rescue operation is underway. This is the information I can provide at present.

Q: I don't think you have answered my question just now. I am aware of the Chinese Government's position on Rebiya Kadeer's visit to Japan. My question is about the principle of non-interference in others' internal affairs. If China really does not interfere in other country's internal affairs, then why did it pay no regard to the principle under some circumstances, such as demanding the Japanese Government not to issue visa to Rebiya?

A: First, I think I have already answered your question clearly. Second, I suggest that you look into the meaning of the principle of non-interference in others' internal affairs. Third, I believe what China has done is precisely to uphold the principle, not on the contrary.

Q: My question concerns the Afghan election. The Afghan Independent Election Commission announced that a second round of voting of the presidential election will be held on November 7. What's China's comment?

A: China has taken note of the latest developments in Afghan presidential election. The election is Afghanistan's internal affair. China respects the choice of the Afghan people, and hopes that the election process will be smooth and successful so that Afghanistan will embark on a path of peace, stability and development at an early date.

Q: Concerning the China-India agreement to address climate change, you stated in reply that the agreement will move the bilateral relations forward and strengthen joint efforts against climate change. Can you provide more information? As the international community is striving for a successful Copenhagen Conference, what impact will the agreement have on the conference? Do you think the China-India agreement will facilitate or obstruct the negotiation process?

A: The agreement will certainly facilitate the negotiation process of the Copenhagen Conference.

As I mentioned earlier, China and India are both emerging developing countries and important parties to the climate change negotiation of the Copenhagen Conference. The decision of the two sides to step up cooperation against climate change is not limited to benefiting the two countries, but is also aimed at contributing to the global efforts against climate change. Therefore, I believe it will surely be conducive to the international action in combating climate change and a positive result out of the Copenhagen Conference.

Q: It is reported that Xu Caihou, Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission, will visit the United States from October 24. Can you disclose the specific arrangements of the visit? What issues will they discuss?

A:About Vice Chairman Xu Caihou's visit to the U.S., I noticed that the spokesperson of the Defense Ministry has already released relevant information. I suggest you refer to the spokesperson of the Defense Ministry for the specifics.

If there are no more questions, thanks for coming!

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