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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu's Regular Press Conference on May 12, 2011

On the afternoon of May 12, 2011, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference.

Jiang Yu started the press conference with an announcement:

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Madicke Niang of the Republic of Senegal will pay an official visit to China from May 18 to 19.

Q: Can you brief us on the arrangement for the Pakistani Prime Minister's visit to China next week? According to a US official, China hopes to examine the remains of the US stealth helicopter that crashed in the raid on Bin Laden. Please confirm.

A: We have already released information on Prime Minister Gilani's visit to China. He will pay an official visit to China from May 17 to 20 at the invitation of Premier Wen Jiabao. President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao will meet and hold talks with him respectively. The leaders will exchange views on deepening bilateral relations, promoting practical cooperation across the board as well as other international and regional issues of common interest. They will attend the reception to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and is a Year of China-Pakistan Friendship. We hope to take it as an opportunity to elevate bilateral relations to a new high.

Your second question sounds a bit absurd.

Q: What are the outcomes of the third round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogues, especially in the field of energy? The US accused China of "illegally" supporting its domestic green energy industry. How do you comment?

A: Both the Chinese and US sides have released detailed information on the Dialogues. With concerted efforts, the third round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogues (S&EDs) has produced fruitful results.

China and the US agreed to enhance strategic mutual trust, promote high-level exchanges, deepen bilateral cooperation and strengthen communication and coordination on international and regional issues, thus enriching bilateral cooperative partnership. The two sides published an outcome list of the Strategic Dialogue within the framework of the third round of S&EDs. Both agreed to establish the mechanisms of the China-US Strategic Security Dialogue and the consultation on the Asia-Pacific.

On the outcomes of the Economic Dialogue, the two sides had an in-depth discussion on overarching, strategic and long-standing issues of bilateral economic cooperation, reached a host of mutually beneficial outcomes and signed the China-US Comprehensive Framework for Promoting Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth and Economic Cooperation.

Energy cooperation is an important part of China-US practical cooperation and one of the priority areas for joint exploitation. Both countries decided to promote the implementation of the China-US Ten-Year Framework for Cooperation on Energy and Environment and adapt it to new circumstances, so as to enhance bilateral cooperation in terms of environment and energy. The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to ensure energy security based on the principle of win-win cooperation, diverse forms of development and coordinated supply as decided at the second round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogues and as stated in China-US Joint Statement on Energy Security Cooperation. The two countries also signed 6 new EcoPartnerships. As for your specific question, would you please consult the competent authority.

Generally speaking, we stand ready to make joint efforts with the US to earnestly materialize the outcomes of this round of Dialogues and promote China-US cooperative partnership.

Q: What is your comment on the current situation in Syria?

A: Syria is a major country in the Middle East. We hope that Syria maintains stability and relevant parties resolve disputes through political dialogue, avoiding bloodshed. The outside should not interfere in the internal affairs of Syria so as to avoid complicating the situation. We hope to see the international community play a constructive role in safeguarding peace and stability of the Middle East.

Q: China and the DPRK will hold the ground-breaking ceremony on the joint development of Hwanggeumpyeong Island. Would you please confirm?

A: China and the DPRK are friendly neighbors. We conduct friendly and win-win cooperation with neighboring countries. Economic and trade cooperation between enterprises of China and the DPRK are conducive to social and economic development as well as regional peace and development.

Q: During this round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogues, the two sides agreed to initiate China-US consultation on the Asia-Pacific. As a major power in the Asia-Pacific region, how does China view and deal with China-US relations in this region?

A: During the first Strategic Security Dialogue, China and the US agreed to initiate the consultation on the Asia-Pacific. We believe that the establishment of this mechanism will facilitate the two sides' good interaction in this region, enabling us to make more positive efforts for peace and stability of this region.

China and the US have the most converging interests in the Asia-Pacific region. As two influential countries in this region, the harmonious co-existance and good interaction between the two countries serve their foundamental interests and development needs as well as peace, development and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region.

The co-existance and win-win cooperation between China and the US in the Asia-Pacific region depends on whether the two countries have trust and confidence in each other. China and the US have far more shared interests and responsibilities in this region than differences and disputes. China and the US can only realize cooperation in its true sense and foster their respective interests and development in the process of promoting peace and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region by being more open and inclusive and appropriately addressing disputes through enhanced communication and understanding.

Q: Premier Wen Jiabao will attend the China-Japan-ROK Leaders Meeting late this month in Japan. Would you please brief us on the topics of this meeting and Premier Wen's schedule? Will he visit the quake-striken area of Japan?

A: As the coordinator of China-Japan-ROK cooperation this year, Japan has announced that the fourth China-Japan-ROK Leaders Meeting will be held in Tokyo from May 21 to 22. Relevant arrangement including the agenda of the meeting is still under consultation and will be released in due course.

We believe that China-Japan-ROK cooperation constitutes an important part of East Asia cooperation and serves as a significant platform to broaden trilateral common interests and cement good-neighborliness. We hope that this meeting will achieve positive outcomes so as to promote trilateral cooperation across the board, elevate trilateral partnership and play an important role in safeguarding regional stability and building a harmonious Asia.

Q: Japan proposed to host the opening ceremony of the China-Japan-ROK Leaders Meeting in Fukushima. How does China respond?

A: As far as I know, the arrangement of the meeting is still under consultation.

We pay close attention to the reconstruction of the disaster-hit areas of Japan. We hope that people from these areas will tide over difficulties to rebuild their homeland. We would also like to keep in touch and cooperate with Japan in this regard based on its needs.

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