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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu's Regular Press Conference on December 9, 2010

On the afternoon of December 9, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference.

Q: Russia and the EU have recently reached an agreement on Russia's accession to the WTO. How do you comment?

A: I have noted the developments. China, as one of the first WTO members who have concluded bilateral market access negotiations with Russia, believes that Russia's accession is conducive to increasing the universality and representation of the WTO and expanding the influence of the multilateral trade mechanism. We hope Russia becomes a WTO member at an early date.

Q: State Councilor Dai Bingguo visited the DPRK and had talks with Chairman Kim Jong-il today. Please brief us on the purpose and importance of his visit.

A: State Councilor Dai Bingguo visited the DPRK from December 8 to 9 upon invitation. General Secretary of the Workers Party of Korea and Chairman of the National Defense Commission Kim Jong-il met with him in Pyongyang today. State Councilor Dai also held talks with DPRK Vice Premier Kang Sok Ju. The delegation just released information, which you may refer to. I have no further information at present, but have noted down your question.

Q: The Vatican is not satisfied with the 8th national congress of Chinese Catholics. How do you comment?

A: Please refer to competent authorities for more information on the congress. I would like to say we hope the Vatican face the fact of China's policy of freedom of religious belief and development of Chinese Catholics with a view to creating favorable conditions for the development of China-Vatican relations with concrete actions.

Q: On State Councilor Dai Bingguo's visit to the DPRK, how does Kim Jong-il respond to China's proposal of emergency consultations among heads of delegation to the Six-Party Talks?

A: The delegation released information a moment ago. I don't have further information at present.

Q: The websites of BBC, CNN and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation were blocked today. Is it related to the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony?

A: I don't know what kind of problems these websites have. But I can tell you the Internet in China is open and administered in accordance with law. There are explicit stipulations as to what information cannot be spread on the Internet. Our measures are in line with international practices.

Q: Following the dialogue between the EU, six countries and Iran on Tuesday in Geneva, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili agreed to hold the next round of dialogue in January in Istanbul, but made conflicting remarks on the agenda of the dialogue. Can you brief us on the agenda of the next round of dialogue?

A: China is of the view that the just-concluded dialogue between the EU, six countries and Iran is positive, helpful and conducive to enhancing understanding among the parties. We hope the parties stick to the direction of settlement through diplomatic negotiations, continue the dialogue process with a cooperative, flexible and practical attitude, and push for constant progress in the dialogue by establishing mutual trust and seeking common ground. We are ready to stay in communication with the parties on relevant issues. China will continue to play a constructive role in the process.

Q: Norwegian Foreign Minister Støre will take part in a CNN program about the Nobel Peace Prize. How do you comment on his sending a message to the outside?

A: I think people will have a fair opinion. The majority of the international community does not support the erroneous decision by the Nobel Committee. Any action by the Nobel Committee cannot change the criminal facts of Mr. Liu Xiaobo. Any attempt to exert pressure on China and disrupt China's development by making use of the issue will not succeed.

Q: Why doesn't China allow Mr. Liu Xiaobo and his friends to receive the award in Norway?

A: I have taken related questions many times here. I've read your reports these two days and found them regrettably failed to paint a comprehensive, complete and balanced picture to your readers. Maybe you are not clear about some basic facts, for example, why Mr. Liu Xiaobo was sentenced and why China is not happy.

I would like to tell you that Mr. Liu Xiaobo was not convicted because of his remarks. Liu, by writing and openly posting subversive articles on the Internet, organizing and inducing signatures of others, instigates overthrowing China's political power and social system. His acts have broken Article 105 of the Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China and constitute the crime of instigating subversion of the political power of the state.

Liu's problem has gone beyond remarks of general criticism, but rather is action that poses a realistic threat to the society.

It is the common practice of the majority of countries in the world to punish in accordance with law criminal activities that threaten the state's political power and social system. One should not take a double standard against China's judicial system.

I would also like to ask you Germans a simple question. What happens to a lawbreaker in Germany? If your judicial authorities handle the case in accordance with law, but foreign countries interfere and demand a change of verdict, what would you think? I think German journalists should straighten out these questions first.

Q: Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen said that the US and ROK would have more joint military exercises and welcomed Japan to take part. How do you comment? Second, US Deputy Secretary of State Steinberg will visit China next week. Please provide some details.

A: On military exercises between some countries, China has reiterated its position many times. We hope parties concerned take China's concerns seriously. Given the highly complicated and sensitive situation, an improper settlement of relevant issues will lead to further escalation of tensions, gravely jeopardizing regional peace and stability and undermining common interest of countries in the region. We hope parties concerned set store by overall interests, act prudently with a responsible attitude and do more to contribute to regional peace and stability.