Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu's Regular Press Conference on May 19, 2011


On the afternoon of May 19, 2011, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference.

Jiang Yu started the press conference with the following announcements:

At the invitation of President Hu Jintao, President U Thein Sein of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar will pay a state visit to China from May 26 to 28.

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs Peiris will pay a working visit to China from May 23 to 24.

Q: Several New York residents have reportedly filed a lawsuit against Baidu Inc and the Chinese Government to a US District Court, accusing them of so-called on-line "screening". What is China's comment?

A: The Chinese Government encourages and supports the development of the internet and protects Chinese citizens' freedom of speech in accordance with law. The Chinese Government's administration of the internet is in line with common international practice as well as a sovereign act over which courts outside China have no jurisdiction according to international law.

Q: Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani said yesterday that during their talks, the Chinese side brought up the killing of Bin Laden and stated that the unilateral action of the US posed a threat to Pakistan's sovereignty. Would you please confirm? Will China intervene if a similar event occurs in the future?

A: Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani is visiting China. Chairman Jia Qinglin of the CPPCC will meet with him this afternoon, and leaders of the two countries will later attend relevant celebration activities of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties. President Hu Jintao will meet with Prime Minister Gilani on May 20. As for Premier Wen Jiabao's meeting with Prime Minister Gilani, we have released relevant information, to which you may refer.

On the counter-terrorism issue, we believe that Pakistan has made major contribution to international counter-terrorism campaign with huge sacrifice. The international community should understand and support Pakistan's efforts to safeguard domestic stability and realize economic and social development. Pakistan's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected.

Q: It is reported that during Prime Minister Gilani's visit to China, the two sides have signed an agreement for the joint production of fighter jets. Would you please give us more details? In addition, what is China's comment on IMF chief Kahn's resignation? Are you expecting a new chief from emerging countries? Thirdly, the Pope in Rome was cited as saying that China pressures its Catholic bishops. What is China's comment?

A: During Prime Minister Gilani's visit, the two sides have signed cooperation documents in the fields of economic technology, finance, energy and others. As for the specific bilateral cooperation that you mentioned, please consult relevant companies.

China and Pakistan have conducted practical cooperation in a wide range of areas. The two sides have mapped out a new plan for economic and trade cooperation, giving priority to energy, infrastructure building and agriculture with relevant cooperation mechanisms established. The Chinese Government encourages domestic enterprises to expand investment in Pakistan and enhance cooperation in the fields of trade, finance, science and technology. China is earnestly carrying out its commitment of assisting Pakistan in its reconstruction efforts and exerting its utmost to help the Pakistani Government and people tide over difficulty. The two sides will also jointly hold a series of cultural and people-to-people exchanges and take the 60th anniversary as an opportunity to elevate bilateral relations into a new phase of development.

On your second question, we have noted relevant report and are following closely its development. As it is beyond the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I will leave it to the competent authority.

We always hold that the IMF should continue governance restructuring and select senior executives under the principle of fairness, transparency and merit. In principle, we believe that emerging markets and developing countries should be represented among IMF senior executives.

On your third question, China hopes that the Vatican faces the fact of religious freedom and development of Catholicism in China and takes concrete action to create conditions for the improvement of China-Vatican relations.

Q: How do you comment on the current situation in Libya?

A: We hope the conflicting parties in Libya cease fire immediately and resolve differences through negotiations and other peaceful means. The international community should commit to push for a political settlement of the Libyan issue and ease the current tension as soon as possible.

After the press conference, when asked about whether China would attend the 16th Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement and the 67th session of UNESCAP, Jiang Yu said that China would send high-level officials to the 16th Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to be held in Bali, Indonesia from May 23 to 27. We attach importance to the NAM, support its greater role in international affairs and hope the conference will further strengthen unity and cooperation among developing countries.

Speaking about the NAM, Jiang said that since its establishment five decades ago, under the purposes and principles of independence, self-reliance and non-bloc, the NAM has promoted peaceful settlement of regional conflicts and made great efforts to build a new international political and economic order that is fair and rational. The NAM is a major mechanism for developing countries to achieve self-reliance through unity, a significant channel to safeguard common interests and an important platform to exert influence on international affairs, playing an indispensable and unique role. China always attaches importance to and supports the NAM, appreciates its policy of independence, self-reliance and non-bloc, speaks highly of its positive role in international affairs and closely coordinates with it internationally.

As for the 67th session of UNESCAP, Jiang Yu said that the annual session would be held in Bangkok, Thailand from May 19 to 25. Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Hailong will lead the Chinese delegation to attend the ministerial meeting from May 23 to 25. The ministerial meeting will have a round table on the theme "Beyond the crises: long-term perspectives on social protection and development in Asia and the Pacific" and hold general debates on "challenges related to inclusive and sustainable economic and social development in Asia and the Pacific". Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Hailong will attend the opening of the ministerial meeting and speak at the general debates and the round table. We hope the parties to the session will discuss inclusive and sustainable development, how to enhance social protection in Asia and the Pacific and other topics so as to exchange experiences and build consensus in a joint effort to promote inclusive and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.

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