On the afternoon of December 14, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference.
Jiang Yu started the conference with the following announcement.
At the invitation of the governments of Chile, Ecuador, Columbia and Antigua and Barbuda, State Councilor Liu Yandong will pay official visits to the four countries from December 20, 2010 to January 1, 2011.
Q: US Deputy Secretary of State Steinberg will lead a delegation to visit China in coming days. Please update us on his itinerary. Which Chinese officials will he meet with?
A: As far as I know, relevant arrangement is being coordinated. If there are important meetings during Mr. Steinberg's visit to China, we will release information in due course.
Q: The website of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) is blocked in China. Can you explain why?
A: I am not aware of the information you refer to. But I can tell you that the Internet is open and administered in accordance with law in China. The fact that there are over 400 million Internet users in China shows from a certain that the Chinese Government is committed to promoting the development of the Internet. Chinese law clearly stipulates which information cannot be spread online. The Chinese Government administers the Internet in accordance with law, with a view to maintaining its healthy and orderly development. Our measures administering the Internet are in line with international practices.
Q: Please brief us on the talks between Special Representative Wu Dawei on Korean Peninsula Affairs of the Chinese Government and Akitaka Saiki, head of the Japanese delegation to the Six-Party Talks on December 11. Is Japan ready to respond to China's proposal of emergency consultations among heads of delegation to the Six-Party Talks?
A: You may check the Foreign Ministry website for the press release on the meeting. China has recently stayed in close communication and coordination with parties concerned over the situation on the Peninsula, and in particular easing the current tensions. We hope the parties sit down for an in-depth exchange of views on major issues of current concern. Only when they sit down and get talks started is there the possibility of resolving the issue. We hope parties concerned proceed from the overall interests of safeguarding peace and stability on the Peninsula and in Northeast Asia and promoting denuclearization on the Peninsula, give careful consideration and early and positive response to China's proposal.
Q: US New Mexico Governor Richardson will visit the DPRK in coming days. Can you brief us on his arrangement in Beijing?
A: I haven't heard about this and will check for you. I think he probably stops over in Beijing. China always supports the US and the DPRK strengthening contact and dialogue with a view to addressing each other's concerns through dialogue.
Q: It is reported that a Philippine Government official will come to China to provide updates on the investigation report of the hostage incident. Can you brief us on this?
A: I think you refer to the visit by Philippine Secretary of Tourism to Hong Kong. The Central Government has been paying attention to the handling of the aftermath of the hostage incident, and stayed in communication with the SAR Government and the Philippine side. We hope and believe that the Philippine Government continues to take effective measures to properly handle the aftermath of the incident.
Q: What does China expect to achieve from Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to India?
A: We held a special press briefing on Premier Wen Jiabao's upcoming visits to India and Pakistan yesterday. I would like to brief you again.
At the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Singh and Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani, Premier Wen Jiabao will pay official visits to the two countries from December 15 to 19. During the visits, Premier Wen will have talks and meetings with leaders of the two countries and exchange views with them on developing bilateral relations, deepening mutually beneficial cooperation as well as international and regional issues of common interest. During his visit to India, Premier Wen Jiabao will attend along with Prime Minister Singh the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries and have extensive contact and exchanges with the Indian society. During his visit to Pakistan, Premier Wen Jiabao will attend the China-Pakistan Business Cooperation Summit and meet with friends from all walks of life who have contributed to China-Pakistan friendship. We believe Premier Wen's visits will further deepen China-India and China-Pakistan ties and contribute to regional peace, stability and development.
We expect Premier Wen's visit to India will improve strategic mutual trust between the two countries and build consensus. It will advance bilateral trade, strengthen mutual investment, infrastructure building and cooperation in other fields, and improve exchanges of development experiences, with a view to realizing complementarity, mutual benefits and win-win outcome. It will promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges, improve mutual understanding and strengthen popular support to realize China-India friendship from generation to generation. Both being major emerging and developing countries as well as important neighbors to each other, China hopes to strengthen communication and coordination with India on international and regional affairs and work together to contribute to regional peace, stability and development.
Q: What are the topics for discussion during the China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT)? Will US safeguard measures on Chinese tyres be discussed? Is there any update on President Hu Jintao's visit to the US early next year?
A: Vice Premier Wang Qishan will co-host the upcoming 21st JCCT along with US Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and US Trade Representative Ron Kirk in Washington, D.C. China has sent a large delegation made up of relevant departments.
At the JCCT, the two sides will have an extensive and in-depth exchange of views on such issues as trade and investment, agricultural products and quarantine, technology and standards, intellectual property rights, as well as bilateral exchanges and cooperation. We hope the two sides work together to make the current JCCT a success, expand bilateral mutually beneficial cooperation and contribute to healthy and stable development of bilateral economic relations and trade.
As to some trade disputes between China and the US, we are of the view that they should be addressed properly through normal channels and by candid dialogue and pragmatic consultation.
On your second question, President Obama invites President Hu Jintao to pay a state visit to the US early next year. The two sides stay in communication over matters relating to the visit.
Q: It is reported that the ROK suspects the DPRK has more uranium enrichment sites in addition to Yongbyon. Has the DPRK informed China about this? Does China believe the DPRK's uranium enrichment activities are justified?
A: Our position on the issue of denuclearization on the Peninsula is consistent and clear. We are committed to denuclearization on the Peninsula and uphold realizing the goal through dialogue and negotiation.
Regarding the issue of the DPRK's uranium enrichment, China maintains that countries earnestly implement the Security Council resolutions on the Korean nuclear issue and fulfill their international obligations with a responsible attitude. We believe that relevant matters should be properly handled within the Six-Party Talks framework according to the September 19 Joint Statement.
Under the current situation, we hope parties concerned meet each other halfway rather than blame each other and work together to stabilize the situation at an early date to avoid further conflicts, which is in the common interests of both sides on the Korean Peninsula and countries in the region. We hope the parties concerned seek major common ground while shelving minor differences, take positive actions and steps and make joint efforts for the resumption of the Six-Party Talks and realization of denuclearization, peace and stablility on the Peninsula.
Q: US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Holbrooke passed away today. The interntational community expresses condolences over his death and appreciates his efforts of fighting regional terrorism. How does China comment?
A: We express condolences over the death of Mr. Holbrooke and sympathy to his family. We hope countries in South Asia continue to strengthen cooperation and commit themselves to peace, stability and development in the region.
Q: The Philippine President said the Philippines decided not to send a representative to the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony because five Philippine citizens were arrested in China on suspicion of drug trafficking. How do you comment?
A: The two issues are not related.
On the first issue, China has made clear its principled position on many occasions. We are against the attempt by any party to interfere in China's internal affairs and infringe upon China's judicial sovereignty under any pretext.
In respect of the individual case, competent Chinese authorities handle the case of the five Philippine drug traffickers independently and in accordance with law, while protecting their litigation right and other rights according to law. We have made consular notification to the Philippine side as per the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and relevant Chinese laws and regulations and granted consular access at the Philippines' request. We will continue to update the Philippine side on the case in a timely manner and provide necessary assistance and convenience for Philippine consular officials to carry out their consular duties.
Q: During his visit to India, will Premier Wen Jiabao mention the 21 Indian diamond dealers detained in South China eight months ago?
A: I can't predict what specific issues will be covered in the two Prime Ministers' discussion on bilateral relations, but I believe they will have an extensive and in-depth exchange of views on China-India relations and other international and regional issues of common interest.
As for the case you mentioned, competent Chinese authorities are dealing with it according to law.
Q: The press release said major consensus was reached during State Councilor Dai Bingguo's visit to the DPRK. Do you have any update on the questions we raised here last time?
A: State Councilor Dai Bingguo visited the DPRK from December 8 to 9. The visit was agreed by both sides in advance and made upon invitation by the DPRK side. State Councilor Dai Bingguo's visit is a major part of China's diplomatic efforts to ease tension and safeguard peace and stability on the Peninsula.
China and the DPRK both agree that parties concerned should keep calm, exercise restraint, prevent escalation of tension with a responsible attitude and play a constructive role in safeguarding peace and stability on the Peninsula. Both sides believe that the Six-Party Talks should be continued for the realization of denuclearization on the Peninsula, normalization of relations between states concerned and enduring peace in the region. The two sides both expressed the wish to work with other sides to implement the September 19 Joint Statement comprehensively and dedicate themselves to deepening and developing friendly relations and cooperation between the two.
Q: The DPRK said it would not rule out the danger of nuclear war on the Peninsula, and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the Japanese SDF might land on the Peninsula to protect Japanese nationals once war broke out. How do you comment?
A: Deterioration of the situation on the Peninsula will serve the interest of no one. It is hoped that relevant parties keep calm, exercise restraint and meet each other halfway through conducive dialogue and contact. We also call on relevant parties to encourage and facilitate talks for peace.
On your second question, we have taken note of relevant report as well as the reaction in the ROK. Due to historical reasons, Japan should give more consideration to the feelings and concerns of its Asian neighbors and act prudently when it comes to military affairs.
Q: Has the DPRK agreed to come back to the track of Six-Party Talks and take part in the emergency consultations?
A: On China's recent proposal of emergency consultations among the heads of delegation to the Six-Party Talks, the DPRK holds a positive attitude and appreciates China's efforts to ease the situation on the Peninsula and hopes the consultations will help ease the current tension. We believe it is a pressing task of realistic importance that parties should work together to try to properly settle relevant issues of the Peninsula within the framework of the Six-Party Talks.