Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu's Regular Press Conference on December 10, 2009

On the afternoon of December 10, 2009, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference and answered questions.

Jiang Yu: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I have an announcement to start with.

At the invitation of the Governments of Japan, the ROK and Cambodia and Mr. Maung Aye, Vice-Chairman of Myanmar's State Peace and Development Council, Vice President Xi Jinping will pay official visits to the four countries from December 14 to 22.

Now, the floor is open.

Q: US officials said yesterday that they were moving towards a new round of arms sales to Taiwan, including design on diesel-electric submarines and sales of PAC-3 missiles and Black Hawk helicopters. Has China made formal representations to the US side?

A: China firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan and this position is consistent and clear. We urge the US to abide by the principles of the three China-US Joint Communiqués, especially the August 17 Communiqué, stop arms sales to Taiwan and take concrete actions to support peaceful development of Cross-Strait relations and safeguard the overall situation of China-US relations.

Q: How do you comment on the 5th Meeting of the China-Kazakhstan Cooperation Commission held last week? President Hu will pay a working visit to Kazakhstan. What other topics will be discussed besides trade and energy?

A: The China-Kazakhstan Cooperation Commission just held a meeting in Beijing. As an important inter-governmental mechanism of cooperation, the Commission plays a significant and positive role in promoting pragmatic bilateral cooperation in various fields. In recent years, China-Kazakhstan relations have enjoyed a steady and sound momentum of development with good cooperation in the political, economic and cultural fields as well as close communication and cooperation under the framework of multilateral institutions such as the UN and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. China and Kazakhstan established strategic partnership in 2005, injecting new impetus to bilateral relations in the new era. We will continue to expand mutually-beneficial cooperation and push for new progress in the development of bilateral relations on the basis of good neighborliness, friendship, equality and mutual benefit.

The briefing this morning also gave introduction on President Hu's visit to Kazakhstan. During the visit, President Hu will have official talks with President Nazarbayev. The two leaders will have in-depth exchange of views on further strengthening political mutual trust and stepping up friendly cooperation of mutual benefit. We believe this visit will push forward China-Kazakhstan strategic partnership.

Q: First question, Mr. Xie Zhenhua, head of the Chinese delegation to the Copenhagen Conference, was denied access to meetings for several times in the past three days. How do you comment? Secondly, the US representative said the country would not fund China's emissions reduction efforts because China is financially capable of its own emission reduction. Does this contradict the China-US Joint Statement?

A: On your first question, we understand that due to the high attendance, the Copenhagen Conference host faces a heavy task of organization and security work. We hope the technical issues could be effectively addressed.

At the briefing this morning, officials of the Foreign Ministry also answered questions on funding. According to the UNFCCC, developed countries have the obligation to provide funding to developing countries on mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Funding is one of the key factors that decide whether the Conference is successful. It's a unshirkable legal responsibility for developed countries to provide funding to developing countries. We hope developed countries respond positively to the reasonable appeals and suggestions of developing countries on funding, show political sincerity, take concrete actions and implement their own responsibilities rather than shirk or shift them. At the final critical juncture of negotiation, we hope relative parties strengthen cooperation and coordination, make active efforts to promote results acceptable to all parties out of the Conference so as to advance international cooperation in this regard.

Q: The 500-strong delegation of the Democratic Party of Japan led by Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa begins its visit to China today. What do you expect from the visit?

A: The delegation of the Democratic Party of Japan, also known as the "Great Wall Program" delegation, with Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa as the honorary head, is visiting China from 10th to 13th. The delegation is invited and received by the International Department, Central Committee of CPC. I'll leave it to them for more details. President Hu Jintao and Minister Wang Jiarui will meet with the delegation respectively this afternoon and evening. Relevant information will be released in due course.

Q:The US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Bosworth has finished his visit to the DPRK. Has China contacted with the US, the DPRK or the ROK on the resumption of the Six-Party Talks?

A: According to his itinerary, Mr. Bosworth will arrive in Beijing tomorrow. As far as I know, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei will meet with him respectively.

Q: Vice President Xi Jinping will visit four Asian countries including Japan and the ROK. What are China's expectations for his visits, especially to Japan?

A: During Vice President Xi's visit, he will have meetings and talks with leaders of the four countries, exchanging views on bilateral relations and issues of common interest. He will also have extensive contact with local people from various circles. We hope this visit strengthen the friendship between China and the four countries so as to promote bilateral cooperation.

Vice president Xi will be the first Chinese leader to visit Japan since Japan's new government took office, which is of great significance. During the visit, Vice president Xi will have extensive contact with the Japanese Government, major political parties as well as other circles. We hope this visit strength the political mutual trust and mutually-beneficial cooperation between China and Japan, enhance the friendship between the two peoples, and press ahead with China-Japan strategic relations of mutual benefit.

Q: The US climate envoy rejected the notion that the US should shoulder responsibility for current climate change and provide capital assistance for the developing countries to obtain technologies. What's China's response to this?

A: The Copenhagen Conference should demonstrate the commitments, quotas and actions of the developed countries to fulfill their obligations, which are also the criteria for the success of the Conference. The developing countries as a whole hold that the goal of the Copenhagen Conference is to further enhance the comprehensive, effective and sustainable implementation of the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol, and reach an agreement on that, which is an explicit stipulation of the Bali Roadmap as well as an international consensus. The Kyoto Protocol is a significant legal document for the international community to tackle the climate change, which should never be abandoned. In this final stage, we hope relevant parties can enhance cooperation, fully demonstrate political will and sincerity, and make active efforts towards an agreement acceptable to all parties at the Copenhagen Conference.

Q: Does China have any comment on Bosworth's visit to the DPRK? Do you believe it will help to resume the Six-Party Talks?

A: Mr. Bosworth has concluded his visit to the DPRK and arrived in the ROK today. He will come to Beijing tomorrow and exchange views with his Chinese counterparts on his visit. We believe all parties should seize the opportunity of the easing situation on the Peninsula and show flexibility to promote the DPRK nuclear issue back to the right track of resolution through dialogue and negotiations. We are willing to stay in communication with other parties on issues including the resumption of the Six-Party Talks.

Q: Could you share with us the specific itinerary of Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to the ROK? What's China's expectation of his visit? What is the significance of this visit to the China-ROK relations?

A: Vice President Xi Jinping will arrive at Seoul on 16th and visit the ROK from 17th to 18th. During the visit, he will hold talks and meetings with President Lee Myung-bak, Speaker Kim Hyung-oh and Prime Minister Chung Un-chan. He will also have contact with business groups, friendly societies and political figures. Vice president Xi Jinping will also visit Gyeongju besides Seoul.

At present, China and the ROK are witnessing smooth development of exchanges and cooperation in various fields, frequent high-level exchanges, close trade and economic cooperation, active people-to-people exchanges, as well as sound communication and coordination on international and regional issues. We hope that this visit will enhance the China-ROK good-neighborliness and friendship and promote further progress in mutually-beneficial cooperation.

Q: Has China contacted the DPRK on Bosworth's visit?

A: I have no information on this.

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

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