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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu's Regular Press Conference on 5 June, 2007

2007-06-06

On the afternoon of 5 June, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference and answered questions on the outreach session of G8 Summit, China, Japan and ROK Foreign Ministers' meeting, World Environment Day, the missile defence system deployed by the US and other issues.

Jiang: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I shall begin with an announcement:

At the invitation of Vice President Zeng Qinghong, Vice President Ramdien Sardjoe of the Republic of Suriname will pay an official visit to China from June 10 to 15.

Now I am happy to take your questions.

Q: What is your comment on China, Japan and ROK Foreign Ministers' meeting in the ROK on June 3?

A: The Foreign Ministers' meeting was held in Jeju Island on June 3. The three Foreign Ministers exchanged views on the future trilateral cooperation, specific fields for cooperation, and international and regional issues of common interest.

They agree that the three countries have shared interests, responsibility and goals in promoting peace, joint development, and harmony of Asia. The three parties would like to grasp the development opportunities from a strategic perspective, expand exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and properly handle differences through consultation to make the three countries be partners of mutual benefit, win-win, and common development in their joint efforts to build a better future for Asia.

Q: What subjects will China bring up on the outreach session of G8 Summit? As one of the largest economies in the world, will China seek to play a more active role in G8, for example, be a G8 member?

A: The outreach session of G8 summit will be held in Heiligendamm, Germany on June 8. This session will focus on innovation and IPR protection, investment liberalization and social responsibility, energy and climate change, and development issue, especially Africa's development.

Developed and developing countries are both members of the international community and they share important responsibilities for promoting world peace and universal development.

In recent years, G8 has enhanced its relations with developing countries and invited them to have dialogue on major issues, which we welcome. To ensure positive achievements of South-North Dialogue, we believe the Dialogue shall follow the principle of equality, mutual benefit, seeking common ground while reserving differences, and promoting cooperation in an active and pragmatic manner so as to establish a long-term, comprehensive and equal partnership. This will promote South-North dialogue and cooperation, and the resolution of multilateral and global issue.

From a long-term perspective, the enhancement of cooperation between China and G8 serves the interests of both sides, as well as peace, stability and development of the world. China is ready to continue dialogue and cooperation with G8 based on equality and mutual benefit.

Q: The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions with the Headquarters in Geneva issued a report yesterday, saying that 1.25 million people were forced to move out of Beijing. It is estimated that the number will be 1.5 million by the end of this year. Is the number accurate?

A: The report by the organization you mentioned on Beijing Olympic Games is groundless.

As far as I know, from 2002 to now, 9 Olympic projects have involved some relocation. 6037 households were relocated. During the process, all the residents involved have received compensation in cash and been properly settled. No household has been forced to move out of Beijing.

Q: The US is trying actively to deploy the missile defence system in Asia and Europe. First, on the Asia Security Conference in Singapore, the heads from the defence department of Japan and the US made explanation on missile defense system, saying that the purpose is to prevent relevant countries and terrorist organizations from obtaining missiles and WMD. What is your comment? Second, technically speaking, do you believe that the missile defence system can effectively prevent the missiles fired by a third country? Third, will China introduce the missile defence system in future?

A: The deployment of missile defense system by the US in Eastern Europe has caught broad attention, and some countries have expressed strong concerns over that.

China always holds that the missile defense will affect strategic balance and stability. It is not conducive to mutual trust between major countries and regional security, and it may cause new proliferation problems.

On the missile defense system between Japan and the US, our position is consistent. We hope relevant parties can act cautiously.

Q: Does China decide to move its embassy in Myanmar to its new capital?

A: It is the internal affair of Myanmar to move the capital. We respect the decision of Myanmar.

Q: Today is the World Environment Day. Yesterday Director Ma Kai of the NDRC released the China National Climate Change Programme. The Administrator of the State Environmental Protection also elaborated on China's position. I have taken note that, at the two press conferences, relevant officials said that China is a country with a large number of population and low per capita emission. Some media criticized that China is shaking off its due responsibility in environment protection by using the numbers. What is your response?

A: Today is the 33rd World Environment Day. The theme of this year is Wanted! Seas and Oceans--Dead or Alive. China is country with a long coast line. To prevent and control sea and ocean pollution and ecological damage has always been an important part of our work in environment protection. China's theme of the World Environment Day this year is Emission Reduction and Building an Environment-Friendly Society. The Chinese Government set the specific goal for energy-saving and emission reduction in the 11th Five-Year Plan. Yesterday the NDRC released the China National Climate Change Programme. The UNFCCC requests all the signatories to set, implement, release the National Programme and keep it updated. This again shows the serious and responsible attitude of China in dealing with climate change as a developing country.

Although China's per capita green house gas emission is less than one third of that of the developed countries, China has made unremitting efforts in dealing with climate change. We have taken and are taking a series of major measure which must have been familiar to all of you. We support making the UNFCCC and Kyodo Protocol as the main channel for cooperation under the framework of sustainable development. I shall point out that poverty can not solve environment and climate problems. Without the social and economic development and capacity building of developing countries, to deal with climate change will be nothing more than empty talks. Developed countries have the responsibility and capacity to contribute more to deal with climate change. They shall take the lead in implementing the commitment for emission reduction and give more practical assistance to developing countries in capital and technology transfer. China will make joint efforts with other members of the international community to work restlessly in making its due contribution to global environment protection and sustainable development in line with its own national conditions.

If there is no more question, thanks for your presence. See you!

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