Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu's Regular Press Conference on December 8, 2009

On December 8, 2009, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference and answered questions.

Jiang Yu: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I have no announcement to make today. Now the floor is open.

Q: The US Under Secretary of State Burns is visiting China. Who will he meet with? Will the Iranian issue be talked about?

A: The US Under Secretary of State Burns is visiting China today and tomorrow. The two sides will exchange views on China-US relations and major issues of mutual interest. We will keep you updated on the relevant meetings.

Q: Could you share with us the specific itinerary of Premier Wen Jiabao's participation in the Copenhagen Conference? Will he meet with President Obama?

A: Premier Wen Jiabao will attend the Copenhagen Conference at the invitation of Prime Minister Rasmussen of Denmark. The specific itinerary and arrangement are to be fixed, including the bilateral meetings you mentioned.

We hold that the key to the success of the Copenhagen Conference is to adhere to the principles of the UNFCCC and its Kyodo Protocol, especially the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities". We need to follow the Bali Roadmap, consolidate and expand the consensus in mitigation, adaptation, capital and technology transfer, and lock up the current progress so as to show the common desire of the international community in tackling climate change. At this critical final moment, we hope the developed countries could fully demonstrate their political will and sincerity, honor their obligations and commitment by taking the lead in translating their commitment in major quantitative emission reduction and capital and technology transfer into reality. China will continue to participate in the Copenhagen Conference in an active and constructive attitude.

Q: The Fourth Round of China-Russia Strategic Security Consultation is held today. Could you share with us more information? Secretary Patrushev of the Russian Federation Security Council will meet with President Hu Jintao. What will they talk about?

A: As you said, Secetary Patrushev is visiting China from 7th to 8th for the Fourth Round of China-Russia Strategic Security Consultation with State Councilor Dai Bingguo. This morning, Dai Bingguo had talks with him. At noon, Deputy Foreign Minister Wang Guangya met with him. This afternoon, President Hu Jintao and State Councilor Meng Jianzhu will meet with him respectively. We will keep you updated on their meetings.

China and Russia are neighbours and strategic partners. The regular high level exchanges of views and consultations on major international and regional issues between the two sides are conducive to the enhancement of mutual trust, cooperation and strategic coordination in various fields, and the maintenance of world peace and stability.

Q: Last night, the bombings in Pakistan killed at least 50 people. Do you have any comment on that?

A: We condemn the terrorist attacks in Lahore and Peshawar. We are opposed to terrorism of any form. As a friendly neighbour of Pakistan, the Chinese Government will firmly support the unremitting efforts by the Pakistani Government and people to maintain national stability.

Q: The US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Bosworth is now visiting the DPRK. What's the expectation of China on his visit?

A: The US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Bosworth is now visiting the DPRK. China supports the contact and dialogue between the U.S. and the DPRK, and hopes the dialogue could enhance their mutual trust, resolve their respective concerns and promote the resumption of the Six-Party Talks. Mr. Bosworth will come to Beijing later this week after his visit to the DPRK.

Q: It is reported that Japan detained a Chinese fishing boat for its violation of Fishery Sovereignty Law of Japan. Will China rescue the fishermen through diplomatic efforts?

A: Recently, the Chinese Consulate General in Osaka was informed by the Fishery Agency of Japan that a Chinese fishing boat was detained because of its cross-border fishery activities. We are verifying the relevant situation and request the Japanese side to ensure the legitimate rights and interests of the detained Chinese boatmen.

If there are no more questions, thank you! See you!

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