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09BEIJING255
2009-02-03 09:38
2011-08-30 01:44
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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 BEIJING 000255

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ML, SG, TZ, MP, BB, BF, AR, EL, GM, IT

SUBJECT: FEBRUARY 3 MFA PRESS BRIEFING: U.S.-CHINA BILATERAL RELATIONS, RELATIONS WITH INDIA AND PAKISTAN, NORTH KOREA MISSILE TEST

¶1. Key points at the February 3 MFA Press Briefing:

— China is ready to work with the United States to promote
bilateral relations.

— China is a friend of both India and Pakistan and hopes the two
countries will “proceed from the interests of regional stability and
promote the peace process in South Asia.”

— China has “taken note” of press reports stating that North Korea
is preparing for a missile test, but “does not have details.”

— China has “undisputable sovereign rights” over the Nansha islands
and surrounding waters.

— China is “resolutely against” U.S. sanctions for Chinese
companies “based on so called domestic law.”

China-U.S. Relations
——————–

¶2. China and the United States have maintained “close communication”
since the inauguration of President Barack Obama, said spokesperson
Jiang Yu at the February 3 regularly scheduled MFA press conference.
Jiang noted that Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao have spoken
on the phone as have Secretary Clinton and Chinese Foreign Minister
Yang Jiechi. China is “ready to work with the United States to
promote bilateral relations,” said Jiang. China will also “stick to
the road of peaceful development.” Regarding economic relations,
leaders in both countries would like to “maintain trade cooperation”
and both Hu and Obama have “stressed the importance of
macro-economic cooperation,” said Jiang. Asked about Secretary
Clinton’s reported trip to China, Jiang said that “high level visits
are important” and the two sides are “in close contact” regarding
the Secretary’s visit.

China’s Relations with India and Pakistan
—————————————–

¶3. China and India are “cooperative partners” and “not competitors,”
and the relationship is “conducive to world peace and regional
stability,” said Jiang. China is “also a friend of Pakistan” and
hopes that Pakistan and India will “proceed from the interests of
regional stability and promote the peace process in South Asia.”
China maintains a policy of “good neighborly relations” with
bordering countries.

North Korean Missile Preparations
———————————

¶4. China has “taken note” of press reports stating that North Korea
is preparing for a missile test, but “does not have details,” said
Jiang. As a “close neighbor,” China hopes that North and South
Korea can “work together.” Asked about the Six-Party Talks, Jiang
said the Talks had “made important progress” and China “hopes the
six parties can work together to play a constructive role in
maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.”

Nansha Islands
————–

¶5. Asked about a bill currently being considered in the Philippines
that would lay claim to the disputed Nansha Islands, Jiang said that
China has “undisputable sovereign rights” over the islands and
surrounding waters. “Due to the efforts of all parties, the region
is currently stable,” said Jiang. Parties should not take actions
which “might lead to disputes or complications” in order to “protect
the stability of the region.”

Sanctions against Chinese Companies
———————————–

¶6. China has “noted” the recent U.S. sanctions against two Chinese

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companies, said Jiang. The position of the Chinese government on
nonproliferation is “clear,” however, China is “resolutely against”
U.S. sanctions for Chinese companies “based on so called domestic
law.”

China-EU Summit
—————

¶7. Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has “stressed that the China-EU
Summit should resume as soon as possible,” said Jiang. Jiang added
that “both sides” are working on the issue.

Wen Jiabao Shoe Throwing Incident
———————————

¶8. The throwing of a shoe at Prime Minister Wen Jiabao during his
visit to the UK was “disruptive” and “despicable” said Jiang. The
British police will handle the incident according to law and the
incident will “not stem the tide of China-British relations.” Wen’s
trip to the United Kingdom was “well received” and “achieved great
success.” Asked why the MFA spokesperson made a joke about a
similar incident involving President Bush but takes this incident
seriously, Jiang said that she felt that “both comments are
proper.”

Visits
——

¶9. Hu Jintao will visit Saudia Arabia, Mali, Senegal, Tanzania and
Mauritius from February 10-17. Deputy Vice Premier Hui Liangyu will
visit Argentina, Ecuador, Barbados and the Bahamas from February
7-19. Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jieyi will visit Germany on
February 4 and Rome on February 5.

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