|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Press Conference on 1 September 2005|
On the afternoon of September 1, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang presided over a regular press conference.
Qin: Welcome to the first press conference after the summer break! During the recess, there were altogether 8 foreign press agencies opening their offices in
Today is the beginning of September, marking the end of the hot summer days and the arrival of the golden fall. Chinese people like to apply such phrase as clear and crisp to the lovely season. I would like to wish everyone pleasant work and happy life here.
First, I have several announcements to make:
At the invitation of Premier Wen Jiabao, Prime Minister Tony Blair of the
At the invitation of Premier Wen Jiabao, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair will pay a visit to
At the invitation of Premier Wen Jiabao, Prime Minister of the
Now, the floor is open.
Q: President Hu Jintao will visit the
A: At the invitation of President Bush, President Hu Jintao will pay a state visit to the
Q: Please brief on the visit to
A: At the invitation of Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, Ms Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights visits
Q: Beside the Taiwan question, what specific question will be discussed during the meeting between the Chinese and US leaders, for instance, textile or human rights? Who will President Hu Jintao meet among the
A: As I mentioned just now, the topics between President Hu Jintao and President Bush during their meeting will be very extensive. Beside bilateral relations and the Taiwan Issue, they will also discuss the issues of common interest. For the details, you will see after the meeting.
The purpose of the visit by President Hu Jintao is to deepen understanding, enhance mutual trust and promote cooperation. When visiting
Q: I have three questions regarding the August joint military exercise between
A: The purpose of the China-Russia joint military exercise is to respond to the new challenges and threats facing the regional security, especially international terrorist, extremist and splittist threats, and enhance the mutual trust between China and Russia in the military and security fields. The exercise is conducive to the peace and stability of the region. It undergoes according to the purpose of the UN Charter, the widely-acknowledged international laws as well as the principle of respecting other countries' sovereignty and territorial integrity. The exercise is not targeted at any third party or affects its interests, posing no threat to any country.
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As for the joint military exercise by
Q: The DPRK said that the second phase of the fourth round of the Six Party Talks could be held in the week beginning on September 12. The U S side also said that they are ready for the resumption of the Talks. What comments does the Chinese side have on that? The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei said on August 29 that "the date of resumption does not matter". Does that mean that the date for the resumption of the second phase Talks has yet to be determined?
A: Since the recess of the fourth round of the Six Party Talks began, in order to enlarge consensus and reduce differences, the parties concerned have maintained close dialogue and consultations, so that progress might be made when the Talks resumes. That is also an important part of the process of the Talks, very important to enhancing mutual understanding. As for a specific date for the resumption of the second phase Talks, the Chinese side is coordinating with other parties concerned on that issue. We would make an official announcement at a due time.
A: The Japanese election falls within the internal affairs of
As to the Yasukuni Shrine issue, Japanese leaders' paying homage to the Yasukuni Shrine, which worships the Class A War Criminals, is the sticking point of the difficulties in the Sino-Japanese relations. We hope that the Japanese leaders would size up the situation and make a correct and prompt decision in accordance with the interests of both countries and the will of both peoples.
Q: A question on the Yasukuni Shrine. Prime Minister Koizumi did not visit the Shrine on August 15. What comment does
A: We have taken note of Prime Minister Koizumi's remarks on August 15 on Japanese militarist aggression during World War ?. We hope that the Japanese Government and Japanese leaders will honor their words and commitments with earnest practices.
Q: Please brief on the details of the China-EU
A: I have briefed in my announcement on the EU leaders who will attend the China-EU Summit.
Follow-up: I wish to know more.
A: President of the European Commission Barroso will attend the 8th China-EU Summit with Prime Minister Blair. In addition, as far as I know, Mr. Solana, Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union and High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy and EU Commissioner for Trade Mandelson will accompany them.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between
During the upcoming 8th China-EU Summit, the two sides will exchange views on how to further develop their comprehensive strategic partnership and other international and regional issues of common interest. During the summit, President Hu Jintao will meet with the EU delegation. The two sides will also sign a number of cooperation agreements on maritime transportation, environmental protection, biological diversity and other fields. The second China-EU Business Summit will be held. We believe this summit will be much fruitful.
A: I'd like to point it out that
Q: Before her visit to China, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Arbour said she might sign with
A: As I mentioned just now, during the visit of Ms Arbour, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights signed Memorandum of Understanding on the Mutual Agreement to Cooperation and Implementation of Technical Cooperation Programs. I can tell you unequivocally that the two sides haven't signed any letter of intent as you mentioned.
As for the EU's lifting arms embargo, we have stated our position on many occasions, including our regular press conference. I'd rather not repeat. We oppose linking human rights issues with the lifting of arms embargo, and the unreasonable obstruction by any third party in the process of lifting the embargo. The EU side has made commitment on the issue of lifting the embargo. We hope the EU side will honor its commitment as soon as possible, which is required by the development of the Sino-EU relations.
About the negotiation of textile trade, it's carried out by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the
If there are no more questions, the conference is over. Thanks!