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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu's Regular Press Conference on 4 September 2007

2007-09-05

On the afternoon of September 4, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference and answered questions on the China-US summit, the Six-party Talks, the establishment of the working mechanism on climate change, China's participation in the UN military transparency mechanism.

Jiang Yu: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. First of all, I would like to welcome my African colleagues and friends from the press present here. I have no announcement to make today, and now the floor is open.

Q: Reports say that the US claimed that the PLA is probably behind the hacking into the Pentagon network. This is the second time that China is accused of attacking the network of foreign countries. What is your comment? Second, China has begun to provide the UN with details of China's military expenditure, including the import and export of conventional arms. What makes China decide to do this? Does it mean that China's military will be more transparent? Will China report to the UN what it has not reported before?

A: On the first question, the Chinese government has all along opposed to and cracked down upon any cyber crimes undermining the computer network including hacking according to law. China and the US are now devoted to the constructive relations and cooperation. The bilateral military ties enjoy a sound momentum of development. Under this backdrop, some people make wild accusations against China, suggesting that the PLA made cyber-raid against the Pentagon. This is totally groundless and a reflection of Cold War mentality.

Hacking is a global issue and China is a frequent victim in this regard. China is ready to enhance cooperation with other countries including the US in countering internet crimes.

On the second question, the Chinese government has decided to participate in the UN military transparency mechanism and resume providing the data for the UN Register of Conventional arms from this year. This is an important measure to further increase China's military transparency. We will continue to enhance military mutual trust with other countries in the world and make concerted efforts with the international community to contribute to world peace and security. China has submitted report to the UN and the UN will release relevant information according to its regulations.

Q: Will President Hu Jintao and President Bush discuss Taiwan's referendum on UN membership during their meeting on the sidelines of APEC meeting? What is China's position? What comments does China expect from the US?

A: There is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory. The government of the P.R.C is the sole legitimate government representing the whole of China. This is generally recognized by the international community, conforms to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and has been confirmed by Resolution 2758 of the UN General Assembly.

Recently, the Taiwan authorities' series of attempts for UN membership is the splittist activity to separate Taiwan from China. We are firmly opposed to that and following closely the development of the situation.

The leaders of China and the US will meet with each other on the sidelines of the APEC meeting and it is of great significance to promote China-US relations. To oppose and curb "Taiwan Independence" is of vital significance to safeguard peace and stability across the Straits and in the Asia-Pacific and it is also in the mutual interest of China and the US. We hope the US can stick to the one-China principle, the three Sino-US Joint Communiqu├ęs, and its commitment to opposing Taiwan Independence so as to make joint efforts with China to safeguard peace and stability across the Straits and the large picture of China-US relations.

Q: We learnt from the website that the Foreign Ministry has established a working mechanism on climate change. Could you share with us more information? What is the purpose?

A: Yesterday, we release the information on our website. The press is very interested in that. The Chinese Government has all along taken climate change seriously. Not long ago, the national leading group to address climate change headed by Primer Wen Jiabao was established and China's National Climate Change Programme was also issued. These have reflected the position and resolve of the Chinese Government to actively deal with climate change.

Over the years, the Foreign Ministry has been organizing and taking part in international negotiations on climate change. Establishing a working mechanism dealing with climate change is not only an important step of the Foreign Ministry to implement the National Climate Change Program, but also a reflection of the active participation of the Chinese Government in the international cooperation on climate change.

In the future, the Chinese Government will continue to make unremitting efforts to combat climate change, and join hands with the international community to promote international cooperation within the framework of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol.

Some of you are interested in China's special representative to international talks on climate change. I'd like to share with you his information. Mr. Yu Qingtai, former ambassador to Tanzania, will take up the office. Ambassador Yu, with rich multilateral and bilateral experiences, has worked in Departments of West Asian and North African Affairs, International Organizations and Conferences, and African Affairs of the Foreign Ministry and China's mission to the UN. At present, he is making preparations for the current position. His main mission is to organize and participate in international negotiations on climate change. His office will be created within the Department of Treaty and Law of the Foreign Ministry.

Q: It is reported that some weapons used by Taliban were made in China. What's your comment?

A: This accusation is groundless. The Chinese Government always adopts a prudent and responsible approach towards its arms export. China has strict control regime in accordance with its international obligations, relevant UN resolutions and domestic laws and regulations. Compared to other major countries, China exports arms less in number and lower in performance. The receiving states are required to provide certificate for end-user and end-use, and assurance of not to transfer them to any third party. China never sells arms to any non-state entities or individuals. Meanwhile, the Chinese Government has actively supported and taken part in the international efforts combating the illegal trading of light and small weapons.

Q: The Foreign Ministry said that it would investigate the issue of China-made weapons flowing into Afghanistan, while you just claimed the accusation groundless. Is that the conclusion of the investigation?

A: As I just said, the Chinese Government always adopts a prudent and responsible approach towards its arms export and has in place a strict export control system.

Q: The DPRK and the US held talks in Geneva this weekend. The DPRK said it would disable its nuclear facilities by the end of this year, and the US might remove the DPRK from its State Sponsors of Terrorism list. Has China made direct contact with either party? What's your position on the development? Do you support the US removal of the DPRK from the list?

A: China welcomes the successful holding of the meeting of the working group on normalization of DPRK-US relations and its positive progress. We always support the DPRK and the US to improve their relations, hoping they enhance mutual trust through more contact and resolve concerns through consultation.

We have kept contact with other parties on the process of the Six-Party Talks. Under the current circumstances, we hope relevant parties further consolidate the momentum for peaceful talks and phase in the agreements reached in an all-round and balanced way on the basis of mutual-trust, interaction, mutual-assistance and mutual-benefit so as to steadily promote the Six-Party Talks.

Q: An overseas human rights group claimed that child labor was rampant in China. What's your comment? Will Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi visit the UK in the near future? Has China set a date for the next round of Six-Party Talks?

A: The Chinese Government always respects universally-recognized labor rights and standards and attaches great importance to the protection of children's rights. China is a signatory party to eight core ILO conventions, including the Minimum Age Convention and the Worst Forms of Child Labor Convention. The Chinese Government also adopts effective law-enforcement and executive measures to protect children's rights and realize all-round social development.

After taking his office, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has been invited to visit some countries. The UK is an important member state of the EU and has kept good relations with China. If there is such arrangement, we will release the information in due course.

The date for the second stage of the 6th round of Six-Party Talks has not been determined and China is conducting active coordination with other parties. If there is any information, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Q: The working group on normalization of DPRK-Japan relations will hold a meeting in Mongolia tomorrow. What's your expectation for that?

A: We hope the working group on normalization of DPRK-Japan relations successfully convene the meeting and yield positive results. We support the DPRK and Japan to improve relations and hope they properly settle relevant issues through dialogue at an early date.

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

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