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?