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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu's Regular Press Conference on September 2, 2010

On the afternoon of September 2, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference and answered questions.

Jiang Yu: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I have three announcements to start with.

At the invitation of President Hu Jintao, Chairman Than Shwe of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar will pay a state visit to China from September 7 to 11.

Premier Wen Jiabao will attend and address the Opening Ceremony of the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2010 (also known as the "Summer Davos") in Tianjin on September 13.

Thomas Donilon, Deputy Assistant to the US President for National Security Affairs, and Lawrence Summers, Director of the White House National Economic Council, will visit China from September 5 to 8. The two sides will have an in-depth exchange of views on China-US relations and other major issues of common interest.

Now the floor is open.

Q: It is reported that Palestine and Israel will hold direct peace talks in the US today. What is your comment?

A: China welcomes direct talks between Palestine and Israel. It is hoped that the two sides will grasp the opportunity and actively push forward the negotiations with a conscientious and pragmatic attitude so as to make positive progress at an early date.

Q: During DPRK leader Kim Jong Il's visit to China, was his son Kim Jong Un among his entourage?

A: Competent Chinese authorities have released detailed information on General Secretary Kim Jong Il's visit to China. China and the DPRK have the tradition of exchanging high-level visits. It is in the interest of all parties that China and the DPRK exchange views on bilateral relations and issues of common interest, with a view to promoting bilateral relations and maintaining peace and stability of Northeast Asia. The press release published by the Chinese side listed his entourage on this visit.

Q: Can you provide more details on Than Shwe's visit to China, such as where he is going, what topics will be discussed, whether any agreements will be signed and whether the general election in Myanmar will be discussed?

A: President Hu Jintao will hold talks with Chairman Than Shwe, and Premier Wen Jiabao will meet with him during his visit. Aside from Beijing, Chairman Than Shwe will visit the Shanghai World Expo and Shenzhen. China and Myanmar will take advantage of the high-level visit to review the development of bilateral relations, brief each other on their respective domestic situation and development concepts, and have an in-depth exchange of views on strengthening bilateral good-neighborly friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation as well as international and regional issues of common interest. We believe that the visit will contribute to closer bilateral traditional friendship as well as regional peace and development.

As regards your question on whether any cooperation agreements will be signed during the visit, I haven't heard of any such thing so far. Information on major events of the visit will be released in due course.

With regard to the general election in Myanmar, a peaceful, stable and progressing Myanmar is in the interest of the Myanmar people and the common interest of regional peace and prosperity. China hopes that the general election in Myanmar will proceed smoothly so as to constantly promote democracy and development.

Q: Can you brief us on the latest developments of China's assistance to Pakistan's flood-stricken areas?

A: As Pakistan's close neighbor and all-weather friend, China empathizes with Pakistan for its severe natural disaster. The Chinese Government has offered several installments of humanitarian relief supplies worth more than RMB 100 million. The Chinese People's Liberation Army, the Red Cross Society of China, local governments and Chinese enterprises provided different forms of assistance as well. An international relief team sent by the Chinese Government has arrived in the hardest-hit southern part of Pakistan and set up a mobile hospital which is in operation now.

China has provided sincere and timely assistance to Pakistan without any strings attached. We will continue to offer support as much as we can to Pakistan based on its needs, with a view to helping the Pakistani Government and people to overcome difficulties and rebuild homes.

Q: According to reports, China recently refused to grant a visa to Lieutenant General Jaswal, head of Indian Army's Northern Command, and the Indian side said the refusal was about the Kashmir issue. Do you have any comment? What's China's position over the Kashmir issue? And what's China's visa policy towards residents of the India-held Kashmir region?

A: Relevant media reports are inconsistent with the facts, as is checked with relevant authorities.

The Kashmir issue is an issue left over by history between India and Pakistan. As a neighboring country and friend to both India and Pakistan, China always holds that the Kashmir issue should be properly handled through dialogue and consultation between India and Pakistan.

China's visa policy towards the residents of India-held Kashmir is consistent and remains unchanged.

Q: I have two questions. First, it is reported that two Filipinos will be put to death this month for drug trafficking and the Philippines hoped that the execution can be put off for further investigation. What's China's stance? Second, Vice Premier Li Keqiang reportedly canceled his visit to the Philippines originally due in September because of the recent hostage incident. Do you have any comment?

A: For your first question, I'll come back to you after consulting with relevant authorities.

For the second question, relevant remarks aren't true. Vice Premier Li Keqiang had already postponed his plan to visit the Philippines due to his domestic work arrangement.

Q: Is China disappointed with the US position over resuming the Six-Party Talks?

A: China always holds that international disputes should be resolved through dialogue and consultation. At present, the situation on the Korean Peninsula is complicated and sensitive, thus we hope relevant parties exercise calmness and restraint, meet each other half way, and do more to improve bilateral ties and ease the tensions rather than the contrary.

Safeguarding peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and achieving denuclearization and long-lasting peace on the Peninsula serves the common interest of all parties. The Six-Party Talks is a useful platform towards that goal. Under the current circumstances, relevant parties should enhance communication and coordination and make joint efforts to create conditions for the resumption of the Talks.

Q: Special Representative Wu Dawei of the Chinese Government for the Korean Peninsula