Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu's Regular Press Conference on September 5, 2011

On the afternoon of September 5, 2011, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference.

Jiang Yu started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Argentine Foreign Minister Héctor Marcos Timerman will pay an official visit to China from September 8 to 10.

Q: A Libyan delegation which was in China this July reportedly signed arms sales agreements with Chinese companies. Please confirm. Does China's action violate relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council?

A: According to relevant authorities, the Gaddafi regime sent personnel to China in July to contact with some individuals of relevant Chinese companies without the knowledge of the Chinese Government. The Chinese companies did not sign military trade agreements with the Libyan side, let alone export military products to them.

The Chinese Government strictly implements Resolutions 1970 and 1973 of the UN Security Council. We adopt a prudent and responsible attitude and exercise strict management over all military exports in accordance with China's international obligations as well as domestic laws and regulations. All military exports should go through stringent examination and approval of the Chinese Government.

Q: It is said that the Chinese companies may sell arms to the Libyan regime through a third party. Please confirm.

A: I want to emphasize that the Chinese Government always implements the UN Security Council resolutions in real earnest, allowing no action that violates them. After Resolution 1970 was adopted by the UN Security Council, we informed relevant government departments that they should follow the resolution exactly, and through them, unequivocally required all military trade companies to stay away from resolution-violating export activities. We believe that the competent authorities will deal with this issue seriously.

It is learned that the Chinese companies have not provided military products to Libya through direct or indirect means since the adoption of Resolution 1970.

Q: Russian Foreign Minister said that the BRICS countries are of the same view that the situation in Libya should not be replayed in Syria. Do you agree with him? Separately, what is your comment on the UN report about the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip?

A: In terms of the situation in Syria, it is imperative for all parties there to exercise maximum restraint, avoid bloody conflicts that cause greater casualties and ease the current tension as soon as possible.

The Syrian issue should be resolved through launching an inclusive political process led by Syria, with the Syrian Government carrying out its reform commitments and all parties in Syria participating in the political process constructively so as to resolve current differences through dialogue and maintain national and regional stability.

The Chinese Government follows closely the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. We deeply sympathize with the Palestinian people in their plight and hope that relevant report will help create necessary conditions for relevant parties to earnestly implement the UN Security Council Resolution, lift the blockade over the Gaze Strip at an early date and improve the local humanitarian situation.

Q: How do you look at China's relations with the National Transitional Council (NTC)?

A: On China's relations with the NTC, we have reiterated time and again that we respect the choice of the Libyan people and value the important status and role of the NTC, with whom we would like to maintain close contact. We hope that China-Libya relations will stride forward. The Chinese Government supports the post-war reconstruction of Libya as well as the UN's leading role in the process.

Q: Chairman Jalil of the Libyan NTC recently said that China obstructed the release of the Libyan Government's assets by the Security Council Sanctions Committee. What is China's response?

A: China has been closely following the humanitarian situation in Libya since the outbreak of the crisis. At the initial stage of the conflict, China provided assistance to the neighbours of Libya to facilitate their settlement of Libyan refugees. China also rendered humanitarian assistance to Libya subsequently.

Recently, relevant countries requested the Security Council Sanctions Committee to release the Libyan government assets frozen within their borders. In principle, China has no objection to the requests. However, in the spirit of being responsible for the Libyan people, China and some other Security Council members believed the above requests need to further clarify the usage and supervision mechanism of the funds. The requests were approved in the Sanctions Committee unanimously after further information was submitted. China took part in the consultation to reach the consensus.

At the end of the press conference, Jiang Yu shed light on the first APEC Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry. She said that the meeting would open in Beijing on September 6, with the theme of "Enhanced Regional Cooperation for Green Growth and Sustainable Forestry Development". Ministers and senior officials responsible for forestry from APEC members will attend the meeting to look into the role and significance of sustainable forestry development in promoting Asia-Pacific economic and social development. The meeting will adopt Beijing Declaration on Forestry.

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