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.
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