On the afternoon of May 25, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference and answered questions.
Jiang Yu: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I have no announcement to make.
Now the floor is open.
Q: Yesterday, spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry said in response to a question on the Cheonan Ship that international and regional situation should be viewed and handled in a fair and objective manner. Is China worried that the issue has not been properly handled?
A: As a close neighbor of the Korean Peninsula, China follows closely the developments. China is committed to maintaining peace and stability of Northeast Asia and the Peninsula as well as promoting the Six-Party Talks and the denuclearization on the Peninsula. We always believe that dialogue is better than confrontation, and abatement is better than tension. China sincerely hopes that all parties concerned will stay calm, exercise restraint and properly handle relevant issues to avoid the escalation of tension. This is in the fundamental interest of the South and North of the Peninsula and in the common interest of all parties.
Q: Please brief us on the purpose of Special Envoy Wu Dawei's visit to the ROK. Is he planning to visit the DPRK as well?
A: Special Envoy Wu Dawei will visit the ROK at the invitation of the Chinese Ambassador to the ROK and will exchange views with the ROK side on relevant issues.
As for whether he will visit the DPRK, I am not aware of such an arrangement.
Q: Indian President Patil will arrive at Beijing tomorrow. Could you tell us the itinerary, meeting arrangement and China's expectation of her visit? Since last year, there has been tension in the border area between China and India. How do you comment on the current bilateral relations?
A: We welcome President Patil's upcoming visit to China. President Patil will arrive at Beijing tomorrow evening. On May 27, President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao and Chairman Wu Bangguo will meet or talk with her respectively. On May 28, CPPCC Chairman Jia Qinglin will meet with her, and at night, Vice President Xi Jinping will attend the reception with her in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-India relations. She will visit Luoyang on May 29 and Shanghai on May 30 for the Shanghai World Expo.
In recent years, China-India relations have seen good momentum of all-round and fast development as evidenced by frequent high-level visits and contacts, deepening political mutual trust, increasingly close economic, trade, cultural and other exchanges and cooperation and sound collaboration and coordination on major international and regional issues. We are happy with the current state of bilateral relationship and believe that it has entered a period of mature and steady development.
On the border issue, the two sides have reached the consensus that both sides will make joint efforts to ensure peace and stability of border areas pending a final resolution to the border issue.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of China-India relations. The two countries will hold a series of activities such as the "National Year". With the opportunity presented by the 60th anniversary of China-India relations, we are ready to work with the Indian side to further mutual understanding and trust as well as deepen friendly exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields to push forward China-India strategic and cooperative partnership.
Q: The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last week that despite the nuclear fuel swap agreement between Brazil, Turkey and Iran, China and other major powers still had come to an agreement on the UN Security Council draft resolution on sanctions against Iran. Please confirm.
A: We always believe that dialogue and negotiation is the best way out for the Iranian nuclear issue. The on-going consultation in the UN Security Council does not mean the end of diplomatic efforts.
Chinasupports the "dual track" strategy, values and welcomes the agreement between Brazil, Turkey and Iran on the fuel supply of Tehran research reactor. We hope Iran, the IAEA and other parties concerned will reach an early agreement on the specific plans to push for a peaceful settlement of the issue through dialogue and negotiation.
Q: Some South Koreans can't understand why it is taking China so long to recognize the investigation results of the ROK on the Cheonan ship. Why does China take such a stance? In addition, Japan last weekend decided to retain the US military base on the Okinawa. Japan is also concerned about the Chinese navy's recent activity on the East China Sea. Does China worry that it will affect bilateral relations?
A: It is in the common interest and the shared responsibility of all countries in this region to uphold peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia. China is firmly against any move contrary to peace and stability of Northeast Asia. We have noted the report and statement of the ROK. Yet we have also noted the response of other relevant parties. We maintain that international and regional issues should be viewed and handled in a fair and objective manner based on their own merits. Under the current circumstances, anybody's any move should be conducive to peace and stability of the Peninsula, instead of the contrary.
The US military base in Japan is an issue between the US and Japan. China has made its position clear on many occasions regarding the Chinese navy's drilling on the East China Sea. We hope the Japanese side view it in a level-headed and objective way, respect China's position and properly handle relevant issues.
If there are no more questions, I have an announcement to make:
Tomorrow morning at 10 am Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun will give a press briefing on Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to the ROK, Japan, Mongolia and Myanmar and his
attendance at the Third China-Japan-ROK Leaders' Meeting. Your presence is welcomed.
Thank you for coming. See you next time!