|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu's Regular Press Conference on May 10, 2011|
On the afternoon of May 10, 2011, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference.
Jiang Yu started the press conference with the following announcements:
At the invitation of President Hu Jintao, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council will visit China from May 15 to 19.
At the invitation of Premier Wen Jiabao, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan will pay an official visit to China from May 17 to 20.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Pakistan and is also the "Year of China-Pakistan Friendship" jointly designated by leaders of the two countries. This visit constitutes an important part of a series of scheduled activities for the commemoration of the establishment of diplomatic ties. During Prime Minister Gilani's visit, leaders of the two countries will exchange views on deepening bilateral relations, promoting practical cooperation across the board as well as other issues of common interest.
Q: Which Chinese leaders will meet with Prime Minister Gilani during his visit? How do you comment on China-Pakistan relations? Would you please brief us on Afghan Foreign Minister Rassoul's visit to China?
A: President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao will meet and hold talks with Prime Minister Gilani respectively, exchanging views on deepening bilateral relations, promoting practical cooperation across the board as well as other international and regional issues of common interest and witnessing the signing of cooperation documents in the fields of economy, trade, finance and culture. Leaders of the two countries will also attend the 60th anniversary reception.
China and Pakistan are each other's good neighbor, friend, partner and brother. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties six decades ago, the two countries have treated and assisted each other with respect and sincerity on an equal footing, establishing an all-weather friendship and conducting all-dimensional cooperation. At present, China-Pakistan strategic partnership of cooperation enjoys sound momentum of growth. China is satisfied with the current state of bilateral relations and has full confidence in the prospect.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Pakistan and is also the "Year of China-Pakistan Friendship". The two countries have held and will continue to hold a series of celebrations and exchanges. China stands ready to take this opportunity to make concerted efforts with Pakistan for the enhancement of friendly interaction and practical cooperation, taking the bilateral relations to a new high.
This morning, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with the visiting Afghan Foreign Minister Rassoul, exchanging views on bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest.
China and Afghanistan are neighbors boasting traditional friendship. China commends Afghanistan for its support on major issues bearing on the core interests of China. China will continue to staunchly support Afghanistan's endeavour to safeguard national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and promote peace, stability and development. China will as always provide assistance and support to Afghanistan for its peaceful reconstruction. We believe that with the joint efforts of the Afghan Governvernment and people as well as the vigorous support of the international community, Afghanistan is sure to realize peace, stability, independence, self-reliance and development.
Q: What topics have been and will be discussed in this round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogues?
A: On the ongoing China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogues, the Chinese delegation has released information in detail. Further information is well on the way, and the delegation will also meet the press.
Q: During President Van Rompuy's visit to China, will the two sides talk about the EU lifting its arms embargo on China and recognizing China's maket economy status? What is China's position in this regard?
A: President Van Rompuy will visit China at President Hu Jintao's invitation. This is President Van Rompuy's first visit to China since he took office, to which China attches great importance. President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao will hold talks and meet with him respectively, having in-depth exchange of views on how to further develop China-EU relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest. During his stay in China, President Van Rompuy will also visit Chengdu and Shanghai. China hopes that this visit will boost China-EU mutual understanding, mutual trust and cooperation.
At present, China-EU relations maintain sound momentum of growth with close communication and coordination on major international and regional issues as well as effective dialogues on various levels. The EU remains China's largest trading partner, and China has become the EU's second largest export market and continues to be its second largest trading partner. "China-EU Year of Youth", the first of its kind jointly held by the two sides this year is well under way, advancing cultural and people-to-people exchanges. We stand ready to work in concert with the EU to forge ahead with our bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect, equal treatment and mutual benefit.
As for the specific question that you raised, the two sides will exchange views on relevant issues of respective concerns. China's position in this regard is consistant and clear-cut. We believe that the EU's arms embargo on China, a product of more than two decades, runs counter to the ever-deepening China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership. China's market economy status is now recognized by more than 80 countries as the country's market economy system has been improved day by day since the reform and opening up three decades ago. The EU, as China's No. 1 trading partner, should recognize China's market economy status objectively.
China and the EU, as comprehensive strategic partners, should handle bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect and equal treatment. These two issues are in nature political discrimination vis-à-vis China, and thus should be removed as soon as possible to facilitate better and faster development of China-EU relations.
Q: During China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogues, President Obama expressed concern over China's human rights situation and called for a more balanced US-China economic relationship. How do you respond?
A: The Chinese delegation has released information on the ongoing third round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogues. As for the human rights issue you mentioned, I believe that no country is perfect on human rights and there is no human rights policy or mode that applies to all countries. Due to different national conditions, China and the US have different views in the human rights area and the two can enhance trust and reduce misgivings through dialogue. China is ready to continue to engage in dialogue, enhance understanding, reduce differences and expand common ground on the basis of equality and mutual respect.
On China-US economic relations and trade, I suggest you refer to Vice Premier Wang Qishan's remarks at the opening session of the Dialogues. He hoped that both the Chinese and US sides would make the most of this round of dialogues to have in-depth exchange of views on ways to further enhance strategic mutual trust and deepen practical cooperation. He looked forward to implementing the agreement reached between the two heads of state and advancing the China-US cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit. He stressed that China-US relationship has far exceeded the bilateral scope and has acquired growing global significance. Economic and social development in China and the United States face both common challenges and opportunities of cooperation. We have far more shared interests and cooperation than differences and competition.
China hopes that the US side will set a clear timetable and roadmap for implementing the dialogue outcomes, take credible steps to relax high-tech export controls vis-à-vis China, recognize China's market economy status, accord fair treatment to Chinese companies investing in the United States, and refrain from politicizing economic and trade issues. The two sides need to fully accommodate each other's concerns and deliver real benefits to the two peoples through concrete results from the dialogue.
Q: How do you look at the current differences between the US and Pakistan on the counter-terrorism issue?
A: We have recently expounded China's position on the counter-terrorism issue on many occasions. Our position is clear. We support countries formulating and implementing counter-terrorism strategies based upon their own national conditions and in accordance with the UN Charter and universally recognized international laws and norms governing international relations. We also hope for enhanced international cooperation to jointly fend off and combat terrorism.
Q: Pakistan reportedly said it would never allow the US to take action similar to the killing of Bin Laden on Pakistani territory, but the US is resolved to continue to fight terrorists within Pakistan's borders. Will you discuss this issue during Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani's visit to China?
A: As this year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Pakistan, Prime Minister Gilani's current visit to China is a high-level one that has already been agreed upon by the two sides. During the visit, leaders of the two countries will mainly exchange views on deepening bilateral relations, expanding cooperation across the board as well as international and regional issues of common interest.
Our position is explicit on the counter-terrorism issue. We stay in sound communication and cooperation with Pakistan in this regard.
Q: It is reported that Iranian President Ahmadinejad recently welcomed the P5+1 group's wish to resume dialogue, saying that Iran will soon respond to the EU's proposal and hopes to reach final agreements with the six countries on the nuclear issue in the next round of dialogue. How do you comment?
A: China has always supported a proper settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiations. We hope to see the six countries and Iran hold a new round of dialogue as soon as possible and take practical measures to enhance mutual trust. We will continue to stay in communication with relevant parties.
Q: How do you view the current China-Egypt relations?
A: As this year marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Egypt, the two countries maintain sound relations with a successful visit just concluded by Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi to Egypt. We support Egypt's positive measures to maintain national stability, promote economic development and realize a smooth transition of power, and also believe that Egypt has the capability to achieve the above goals. We will continue to provide assistance to Egypt within our capacity and stand ready to develop friendly relations and cooperation with Egypt on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.
After the press conference, when asked about Ouattara being sworn in as Côte d'Ivoire's president, Jiang Yu said that China is happy to see the situation in Côte d'Ivoire developing towards peace and stability. May the Government and people of Côte d'Ivoire make new progress under President Ouattara's leadership on the path of national reconciliation, restoration of reconstruction as well as revitalization and development.
China enjoys long-term friendly relations and cooperation with Côte d'Ivoire. We are ready to work with Côte d'Ivoire to enhance friendly exchanges and cooperation across the board to promote the development of bilateral relations and deliver benefits to the two countries and peoples.