|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Jianchao's Press Conference on 15 November 2005|
On the afternoon of November 15th, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Jianchao held a regular press conference.
Liu Jianchao: Good afternoon, everybody. I would like to begin with an announcement.
At the invitation of Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing of the People's Republic of
With that, I am happy to take your questions.
Q: Please brief us on the schedule of President Bush's visit to
A: President Bush's visit to
Q: Reports say that there will not be any bilateral meetings between
A: With regard to the summit meeting between
On your second question, I am not aware of the issue you mentioned. I can make enquiries for you. You can also raise your question to the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.
Q: The 13th Summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) adopted Dhaka Declaration, giving
A: The Chinese Government attaches great importance to the significant role of SAARC in developing regional economy and promoting prosperity. We believe that SAARC has played a significant role and made agreeable achievements in this regard since its establishment 20 years ago.
Q: Yesterday the
A: We have taken note that at yesterday, the US Embassy in
A: The Chinese Government believes that human rights issues are domestic affairs in nature. But we do not oppose two-way dialogue on the issue with relevant countries on an equal footing so as to enhance mutual understanding, narrow differences and promote bilateral ties. During President Bush's visit to
Q: There were reports on yesterday's
A: I have yet to see the news you asked. But I have to question its accuracy. I need to double check about it. The Chinese Government has always treated those with AIDS and HIV in a humanitarian way. We have made strenuous efforts in AIDS prevention and treatment, trying our best to provide better medical treatment for them. In the meantime, it has been vigorously advocated in our society to remove any discrimination against them. A lot of campaigns have been launched to treat them as equal, achieving good results.
Q: There were reports last week saying that Japanese fighters stopped 30 Chinese flights which were trying to get close to Japanese territorial space in the past seven months. The number doubled that in the same period of the previous year. Can you confirm? If it is true, why? Chen Shuibian expressed his hope for a more active role of Japan in Asia-Pacific region, more likely in military field. What is your reaction?
A: For your first question, Chinese planes were there for normal patrol and training programmes. Their activities there are in line with international law and norms.
For your second question, I am not in a position to make any comment on remarks made by a Chinese provincial leader.
Q: The UN adopted a resolution on
A: Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing delivered an important speech on behalf of the Chinese Government on the UN Foreign Ministers' meeting on Syria on October 31st. He believed that the Security Council had the responsibility to call for relevant parties to implement Resolution 1595 and provide comprehensive, full and serious cooperation with the Commission. In the meantime, the Commission should conduct open and impartial investigations to obtain solid evidence at an early date so that truth will be revealed and justice will be done for the victim and authority of the Security Council can be protected. We hope that relevant resolutions of the UN can be implemented in real earnest.
Q: Do you have any further comments on the Annual Report released by US
A: I briefed you on
Q: The ROK government yesterday revealed some details of the DPRK's five-stage plan to abandon its nuclear weapons programs. Does
A: I am not aware of any specific information relating to that. You must have taken note of the Chairman's Statement released at the just-concluded first phrase of the Fifth Round of the Six-Party Talks. During the meeting, parties concerned held earnest, practical and constructive discussions on how to fulfill the commitment in the Joint Statement, reached at the end of the Fourth Round of the Six Party Talks. Different parties have made different initiatives. Some are similar and others are different in contents. Some are constructive and worthy of earnest consideration and discussion. We think positively of the ROK's constructive role in the process of the Six Party Talks on the nuclear issue on the
If there are no more questions, thank you!