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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference on November 17, 2009


On November 17, 2009, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang held a regular press conference and answered questions.

Qin Gang: Good Afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. First, I have two announcements to make.

First, at the invitation of Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will visit Japan from November 19 to 22. The two sides will exchange views on China-Japan relations and international and regional issues of mutual interest.

Second, Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei will brief foreign and Chinese media on Chinese leaders' meeting with President Obama and China-US relations at the Rainbow Hall on the second floor of Beijing International Hotel at 16:30 this afternoon. You are welcome to attend the briefing.

Now I am ready to take your questions.

Q: Yesterday, IAEA Director General Baradei submitted a new report on the Iranian nuclear issue, noting that Iran is building a uranium enrichment demonstration factory that has not been reported promptly. What's China's comment?

A: We have noted the latest report released by Director General Baradei of the IAEA. We hope that relevant parties will strengthen diplomatic efforts to jointly push for the diplomatic resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue.

Q: What's the main purpose of Foreign Minister Yang's visit to Japan? Is it mainly to prepare for Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to Japan?

A: At present, China-Japan relations have maintained a good momentum of development. Since the new Japanese administration took office, leaders of the two countries have held a series of successful meetings and reached important consensus on deepening China-Japan strategic relationship of mutual benefit, getting bilateral relations off to a good start. Foreign Minister Yang's visit is set against this backdrop. He will have broad contact with the Japanese government and people of different sectors, exchange views with them on China-Japan relations and issues of common interest and discuss how to seize the current favorable opportunities to further advance the sound and steady development of China-Japan relations.

Q: Will Foreign Minister Yang discuss the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue with the Japanese side during his visit?

A: Foreign Minister Yang will exchange views with the Japanese side on issues of mutual interest. The situation on the Korean Peninsula is an issue of mutual interest, so I will not be surprised if the issue is brought up in their discussions.

If there are no more questions, thank you for coming. See you next time!

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