On the afternoon of April 3, 2008, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference and answered questions on the Beijing Olympics and torch relay, President Musharraf's visit to
Jiang Yu: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I have three announcements to make.
At the invitation of the Boao Forum for Asia, President Hu Jintao will attend the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2008 scheduled on April 12 in Boao,
President Musharraf of Pakistan, President Enkhbayar of Mongolia, President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, President Kikwete of Tanzania, President Bachelet of Chile, King Tupou IV of Tonga, Prime Minister Reinfeldt of Sweden, Prime Minister Masimov of Kazakhstan, Prime Minister Hamed of Qatar and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia will attend the opening ceremony of the Annual Conference.
At the invitation of President Hu Jintao, King George Tupou IV of the Kingdom of Tonga will pay a state visit to China from April 9 to 15, President Pervez Musharraf of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan will pay a state visit to China from April 10 to 15, President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania will pay a state visit to China from April 10 to 15 and President Michelle Bachelet of the Republic of Chile will pay a state visit to China from April 11 to 15.
At the invitation of Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamed bin Jasim bin Jabor al-Thani of Qatar will pay an official visit to China from April 6 to 12, Prime Minister Karim Masimov of the Republic of Kazakhstan will pay an official visit to China from April 8 to 12, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of the Australian Federation will pay an official visit to China from April 9 to 12 and Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt of Sweden will pay an official visit to China from April 11 to 15.
Now, the floor is open.
Q: US Treasury Secretary Paulson is here for a visit. Yesterday, he held talks with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and discussed on the
A: Secretary Paulson is in
Q: Former IOC President Samaranch requested the international community to stop calling for boycotting the Olympics. How do you comment?
A: The IOC officials always act in accordance with the Olympic Charter. The BOCOG has kept close coordination and cooperation with the IOC in preparing for the Olympic Games. The Olympics are a major event for people worldwide and an important platform for peoples to enhance friendship, exchanges and cooperation. The Chinese Government and its people hope to carry forward the spirit of the Olympics and make due contribution to the development of the Games by hosting the Beijing Olympics.
Q: This morning, human rights activist Hu Jia was sentenced to three and a half years in prison. Some foreign governments call for an unconditional release and some critics condemn
A: We can not accept these accusations.
Q: According to reports, officials from the Chinese Embassy in
A: I'd like to tell you that the report is not in line with the fact. The incident involving beating, smashing up properties, looting and arson in
I'd like to stress that, according to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, governments of all signatory countries have the obligation to protect the safety and dignity of diplomatic missions and personnel there. We hope
Q: Could you share with us more details on President Musharraf's visit to
A: At the invitation of President Hu Jintao, President Musharraf will pay a state visit to
Over the past years, the China-Pakistan strategic partnership of cooperation has maintained sound momentum of development. We are all-weather and all-dimensional partners with frequent high-level exchanges and fruitful cooperation in all fields. The bilateral trade volume last year reached US$6.54bn, a year-on-year increase of 25%. We have also conducted practical cooperation in telecommunications, transpotation, culture and education. We believe President Musharraf's visit will surely press ahead with the China-Pakistan good-neighborly friendship and cooperation and promote the practical cooperation in all fields.
Q: It is reported that
A: These reports are totally groundless and out of ulterior motives.
Q: There were reports yesterday that a disturbance took place in Xinjiang. Could you give us more details? Is there any involvement of foreign forces?
A: The local government has released information on the incident in Hotan, Xinjiang. I'd like to emphasize that the local government is capable of safeguarding social stability and protect the safety of people and their properties.
Q: It is reported that the mayor of
A: I think it brings glory and honor to the French people when the torch passes through
The holy fire belongs to people all round the world, and I believe the French people will cherish the relay there. I'd like to remind relevant political figures to respect the spirit and purpose of the Olympics and refrain from instigating disruptions to the torch relay at the violation of people's will..
Q: Another question on the torch relay. Some Uigurs are said to be planning protests while the torch comes to
A: The intention of those saboteurs is very clear. Disrupting and undermining the torch relay which belongs to the people worldwide is a flagrant provocation of the Olympic spirit and Charter and a brazen challenge to the people around the world.
Thanks for your attendance, see you next time.