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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu's Regular Press Conference on October 22, 2009


On October 22, 2009, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu held a regular press conference and answered questions.

Ma Zhaoxu: Good Afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. First of all, I'd like to welcome friends from the high-level delegation of Macau's foreign language media and Chaoyang District of Beijing. I have no announcements to make today. The floor is open.

Q: Will China ask other countries for help to rescue the hijacked "De Xin Hai" cargo ship? Secondly, what is China's expectation of the China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade to be held in Hangzhou next week?

A: I have released relevant information on the hijacked "De Xin Hai" cargo ship Tuesday and stated the position of the Chinese Government. Today I have nothing more to add.

On your second question, I have announced relevant information on the 20th China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade to be held in Hangzhou on Tuesday. Vice Premier Wang Qishan and the U.S. representatives will co-chair the meeting. Please check the MFA website for the latest information.

Q: Head of the UN Board of Inquiry on Gaza Richard Goldstone said in a recent interview that China is one of the countries that oppose handing the Goldstone Report over to the UN Security Council. Please confirm. And if it is true, does China think this will encourage Israel to continue its hostility towards the Palestinians?

A: I don't know if you have verified the authenticity of that information before asking and I wonder if you have noticed China's voting position when the UN Human Rights Council adopted the resolution on the Goldstone Report.

In order to protect and promote the human rights of the Palestinian people on occupied territories and push for the resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, China voted for the relevant draft resolution. In the mean time, China always maintains that all the agencies of the UN should perform their respective duties and work in strict accordance with their respective mandates. China will work with the international community to continue to make constructive efforts for the early realization of peace, stability and development in the Middle-East. That's what we have been doing and what we will continue to do.

Q: On Tuesday you urged Japan not to issue visa to Rebiya Kadeer. Isn't that against China's principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries?

A: I hope you do not listen to a lopsided statement when assessing the issue.

We all know what kind of person Rebiya is. Some forces in Japan attempt to facilitate her visit to Japan for engagement in anti-China activities. We should absolutely express our strong dissatisfaction. Standing resolute in fighting against national separatism and upholding national unity, we believe that any scheme of Rebiya and her kind to split China is doomed to failure.

Q: China and India signed an agreement on climate change cooperation yesterday. What impact will it have on the outcome of the Copenhagen Meeting? Secondly about President Hu Jintao's telephone conversation with President Obama last night, can you provide us with more details?

A: China and India held the Joint Seminar on the national action plan against climate change in New Delhi on October 21. Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua of the National Development and Reform Commission and the Indian Minister of Environment and Forest signed the Agreement on Cooperation on Addressing Climate Change between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of India, which embodies a new level of cooperation in climate change between the two countries.

According to the agreement, China and India will build a climate change partnership aimed at enhancing exchanges and cooperation in mitigation, adaptation and capacity building and set up a China-India climate change working group which will hold an annual meeting in China and India alternately and exchange views on major issues of climate change international negotiations, respective domestic policy measures against climate change and relevant cooperation projects.

China and India share broad common interest in climate change. As major emerging developing countries, both are seeking development and making great efforts to advance international cooperation in climate change. I believe the signing of the accord will strengthen climate change cooperation between the two countries and contribute to the international efforts against climate change.

On your second question, President Hu Jintao and US President Obama had a phone conversation yesterday, during which they exchanged views on bilateral relations and climate change. President Hu pointed out that the Copenhagen Meeting is an important meeting of the international efforts against climate change. Building consensus among all parties concerned and pushing for the success of the meeting based on the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol in accordance with the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities" and the Bali Roadmap is in the common interest of all parties. President Hu stressed that despite many pending problems to be addressed, as long as all parties joint their hands, it's hopeful that the Copenhagen Meeting will yield positive results. The key is to give expression to the basic principles of the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol and lock in the already-achieved outcome of the Bali Roadmap negotiations.

The two presidents agreed to stay in communication on pushing for the success of the Copenhagen Meeting.

Q: I have three questions. First, the consultation of relevant parties on the Iranian nuclear issue concluded on October 21. It's reported that the parties agreed to review the draft deal on nuclear fuel and Iran agreed in principle to transfer the production of enriched uranium abroad. What's China's position on the draft deal and will you support the deal? Secondly, at the last press conference, you mentioned that Chinese Premier and Indian Prime Minister will meet with each other on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit Meetings. Can you elaborate, such as what they will discuss? Thirdly, a human rights organization published a report saying that after the July 5 incident, dozens of Uygur suspects were missing. Can you confirm?

A: On your first question, from October 19 to 21, the IAEA, Iran, the U.S., Russia and France held in Vienna an expert-level consultation on the fuel supply of Tehran's research reactor. We noticed that the meeting made some headway. China welcomes the gradual implementation of the consensus reached in Geneva and will continue to play a constructive role in promoting the settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogue and consultation.

On your second question, Assistant Foreign Minister Hu Zhengyue has answered the questions regarding the possible meeting between Premier Wen Jiabao a