On the afternoon of January 14, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference and answered questions.
Jiang Yu: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. First, I would like to welcome diplomats from Bangladesh. I have two announcements to make.
At the invitation of Suyanto, Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security of Indonesia and the Government of Brunei Darussalam, State Councilor Dai Bingguo will pay official visits to the above-mentioned two countries from January 21 to 26.
At the invitation of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Foreign Minister Akerele of the Republic of Liberia will pay an official visit to China from January 20 to 25.
Now the floor is open.
Q: The P5 plus one Political Director-Generals' meeting on the Iranian nuclear issue will be held in New York this Saturday. Will the Chinese representative attend the meeting? If not, why?
A: According to my knowledge, the parties concerned are coordinating on the arrangement of the meeting. Deputy Foreign Minister He Yafei is unable to attend the meeting because of his schedule.
Under the current circumstances, we hope relevant parties continue to work on diplomacy, show flexibility, and seek for a proper settlement of the issue through dialogue and negotiations.
Q: Google announced its probable withdrawal from the Chinese market since it has decided not to cooperate with the Chinese Government on internet censorship. How do you comment on that? The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has requested the explanation from China on the hacking against Google. How do you respond to that?
A: I want to stress that China's internet is open. The Chinese Government encourages the development of internet and endeavors to create a sound environment for the healthy development of internet. Hacking in whatever form is prohibited by law in China. Like in other countries, China administrates the development of internet in light of law. The measures we take are consistent with the international practice. I also want to stress that China welcomes international internet corporations to do business in China in line with law.
On the second question, if the US contacts us, we will reiterate our position on this issue.
Q: The earthquake in Haiti has attracted wide attention. Please brief us on the latest situation of Chinese nationals there and China's disaster relief efforts.
A: We extend our sympathy and condolences to the Government and people of Haiti. Chinese leaders care deeply for the safety of Chinese nationals including peacekeepers, compatriots from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan and overseas Chinese. Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has sent a letter of condolence to his Haitian counterpart Alrich Nicolas. China has decided to offer emergency humanitarian aid to Haiti. China International Search and Rescue Team has left for Haiti and is expected to arrive in Port-au-Prince early on the morning of the 14th local time. Chinese peacekeeping anti-riot force in Haiti has already been engaged in the relief efforts there. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has launched the emergency response mechanism. The Center for Consular Assistance and Protection has opened 24-hour hotlines to provide information and assistance, through which they have already received more than 300 phone calls up to now,.
We will follow closely the development of the disaster and the relief efforts and make every effort to protect the Chinese nationals and provide necessary assistance to them.
Q: The Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the Forum on East Asia and Latin America Cooperation will be held in Tokyo this weekend. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will attend the meeting. What is your expectation for the meeting? I heard that Mexican Foreign Minister will meet Minister Yang on the sidelines of the Meeting. What will they discuss?
A: You are right in saying that Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will attend the 4th Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the Forum on East Asia and Latin America Cooperation. The meeting will be held in Tokyo, Japan from January 16 to 17.
This forum is the only inter-governmental multilateral cooperation forum linking East Asia and Latin America. In the past ten years since its establishment, the forum has played a positive role in promoting mutual understanding, deepening communication and cooperation between the two regions. This Foreign Ministers' meeting will focus on the international financial and economic crisis, environment and sustainable development, social inclusiveness and the future development of the forum. The Tokyo Declaration will be published after the meeting. We believe the meeting will inject new vitality to the future development of the forum and promote exchanges, cooperation and joint development of the two regions.
China has all along attached importance to the forum and proactively participated in the activities of the forum. We have completed various cooperative projects in the fields of economy, trade, culture, and education. We are ready to make joint efforts with other parties to promote the steady and healthy development of the forum for the benefit of the people in the two regions.
On the afternoon of the 16th and the morning of the 17th, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will have bilateral meetings with his foreign counterparts, including Foreign Ministers of Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Japan and the ROK. We will keep you updated on the meetings.
Q: Since there are no diplomatic relations between China and Haiti, how do you proceed with the disaster relief efforts?
A: The Chinese Government always attaches great importance to the safety of the overseas Chinese nationals and spares no effort to help those in difficulties and danger wherever they are. We are following closely the situation in Haiti through various channels and stay in contact with the Haitian side for relevant information so as to make coordination in assisting China's relief work there. We will continue our cooperation with Haiti and help with the earthquake relief work. At the same time, we will do our utmost to guarantee the safety of overseas Chinese nationals and provide necessary assistance.
Q: Is the Youtube website blocked in China? Why?
A: I am not aware of the situation. What I can assure is, the Chinese Government supervises the Internet according to law and there are explicit rules on what information should be prohibited on the Internet. I suggest you refer to the Internet supervision authorities for relevant information.
Q: Are there any Chinese people injured or killed in the earthquake in Haiti? It seems that there are more then 10 peacekeepers missing. Do you have any exact information?
A: What I have learnt so far is that four peacekeepers in Haiti, and four members of the visiting group of the Ministry of Public Security are buried in the rubbles of the headquarters of the UN mission. Staff of the Bureau of Commercial Development of China in Haiti, other peacekeepers and staff of Chinese companies there are all safe.
Q: The US product supervision authority has found the toxic metal cadmium in some toy jewels made in China. How does the Chinese Government respond? Have you conducted investigation and adopted measures to prevent similar cases?
A: Foreign Ministry is not the competent authority on this matter. I believe relevant authorities will investigate and follow up the case if such situation occurs. I would like to emphasize that China takes product safety seriously, including the safety of exported products.
Q: Indian media reported that the Shenzhen police detained 21 diamond traders from India. Please confirm.
A: Those detained by the Chinese police are suspects from India involved in smuggling. Indian Embassy and Consulates in China have sent officials to visit them. The case now is under investigation and their legitimate rights and interests will be guaranteed according to law.
Q: Google claimed that the emails of some human rights activists were attacked. Will the Chinese Government investigate the hacking targeted at Google? If Chinese citizens are involved in cyber crimes, what punishment will they get?
A: I have stressed just now that Chinese laws strictly prohibit cyber crimes including hacking. Please consult relevant laws and regulations through public channels as to what is a cyber offense. Relevant authorities will handle the case according to law.
If you are particularly interested in the Google case, please refer to competent authorities. If you have difficulty in contacting them, please let us know.
Q: Will the mainland work with Taiwan in providing assistance to Haiti?
A: We will provide protection to Taiwan compatriots. We are ready to assist those who are in need.
Q: Which Chinese official will attend the P5 plus one Political Director Generals' Meeting on the Iranian nuclear issue?
A: At present, relevant parties are in consultation on the arrangement of the meeting.
Q: It's reported that two Chinese who carried 810,000 Euros cash along with them were detained in Afghanistan. Please confirm.
A: We are verifying relevant information. If it is true, we will seek to protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.
Q: The EU Trade Commissioner criticized China's RMB exchange rate policy, claiming that the under-valuation of RMB has become a major obstacle to the recovery of the world economy. How does China comment?
A: Chinese leaders and officials of competent authorities have expounded China's position on RMB exchange rate on many occasions. RMB exchange rate to remain stable is not only of vital importance to the macro-economic stability of China, but also conducive to the recovery of the world economy.
Q: It is reported that the DPRK leader Kim Jong-Il will visit China. Do you have any information?
A: I don't have such information at the moment.
Q: In September 2009, the chimney of an Indian power plant tumbled. The Indian side detained seven people involved, among which three were Chinese engineers. Can you update us on this case?
A: I think you are referring to the case involving Shandong Electric Power Construction Company. As far as I know, three employees of the company were sued in India. The Chinese Foreign Ministry and diplomatic missions in India will actively assist the company involved in the lawsuit to ensure the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese personnel be guaranteed.
If there are no more questions, thank you for coming. See you next time.