Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference on March 4, 2010

On the afternoon of March 4, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang held a regular press conference and answered questions.

Qin Gang: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen! I have an announcement to make.

At the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Chile, Yin Weimin, Special Envoy of the Chinese Government, Minister of Human Resources and Social Security of the People's Republic of China, will attend Presidential Power Transfer Ceremony of Chile on March 11.

Now the floor is open.

Q: Today, the US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg and Jeffrey Bader, Senior Director for the National Security Council for Asian Affairs have concluded their short visit here. Has the visit eased the disrupted China-US relations? Will President Hu Jintao attend the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington this April? With what kind of efforts from the US, will President Hu attend the summit?

A: State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai met with James Steinberg and Jeffrey Bader respectively during their visit here. Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya had talks with them. The two sides had an in-depth and candid exchange of views over China-US relations and other issues of mutual interest. The Chinese side noted that thanks to the joint efforts of both sides last year, China-US relations had a good beginning, which serves the interest of both sides. But in the past two months, on the Taiwan and Tibet-related issues, the US violated the principles enshrined in the three joint communiqués and China-US Joint Statement, seriously disrupted the development of China-US relations and caused difficulties for the bilateral cooperation in major fields. It is but natural that China has made necessary response. It is imperative for the US to take the position of the Chinese side seriously, respect the core interests and major concerns of China, and display sincerity and take concrete actions so as to push China-US relations back to the track of healthy and stable development.

The two sides also exchanged views on other issues of mutual interest.

As for the Nuclear Security Summit, China has been making preparation to attend the summit. Now I have no further information to share with you.

Q: Some western countries have proposed new sanctions against Iran. Will you support the proposal?

A: China always supports the maintenance of international nuclear non-proliferation regime and holds that the Iranian nuclear issue shall be solved through dialogue and negotiation so as to safeguard peace and stability of the Middle East. This is in the interest of all parties concerned. We have been proactively participating in the international diplomatic efforts for the resolution of the issue in a responsible attitude. We will continue our mediation efforts and the constructive role for the proper resolution of the issue through dialogue and negotiations.

Q: It is reported in the Japanese and South Korean media that the DPRK leader Kim Jong Il will visit China this month. How do you comment on that?

A: The Communist Party of China and the Workers' Party of Korea have the tradition of high level exchanges of visit, which we believe will be maintained. As for the visit you mentioned, we do have information about that.

Q: Zhao Qizheng, the Spokesperson of this session of the CPPCC said sometimes China-US relationship enjoys fine weather while sometimes it suffers from rains. Now is there any sign for the fine weather in China-US relations?

A: We hope that China-US relations enjoy more sunny days rather than rainy or cloudy days. We hope China-US relations will maintain consistent, healthy and stable development. The key is to abide by the principles enshrined in the three joint communiqués and China-US Joint Statement and respect the core interests and major concerns of each other. Only by this way will there be more sunny days for China-US relations.

Q: This week some US senators urged the Obama Administration to take a tougher stance on the dry wall products exported to the US from China. How do you respond to that?

A: China and the US are important trading partners to each other. In recent years, bilateral economic cooperation and trade have made major development which has brought tangible benefits to both countries. We need to view China-US relations in an objective and comprehensive perspective. We need to deal with the differences and frictions in the bilateral trade calmly. As for the specific issue you mentioned, we need to conduct an investigation of the causes of the issue, and see what China can do, what the US can do, and what both of us can do together rather than resort to unbridled pressure or tough stance. Sound China-US economic and trade relations not only serve the interest of the two countries, but also benefit the world.

Q: I have two questions. First, has Kim Yong-il, Minister of the International Department of the WPK gone back to the DPRK? Second, during his visit here, have you talked about Kim Jong-il's visit to China?

A: On the first question, he was received by the International Department of the CPC, and you may refer your question to them. You may also refer to the DPRK Embassy in China.

On the second question, I have just answered the question and have no more to add.

Q: How do you comment on the China-US relations after Steinberg's visit to China? On the Iranian nuclear issue, is China still ruling out sanctions against Iran?

A: I have already answered the first question on the future development of China-US relations. Our position is very clear on what needs to be done to bring China-US relations back to the track of healthy and table development.

As for the second question, China has all along supported a long-term, comprehensive and proper resolution of the issue through dialogue and negotiation by diplomatic means. We believe that currently there is still room for diplomatic efforts, and call on related parties to exert utmost efforts to solve the issue through dialogue and negotiations.

Q: You just mentioned Mr. Yin Weimin's visit to Chile. Will he talk with the Chilean side about China's aid after the earthquake? Please brief us on the latest situation of the Chinese nationals in Chile.

A: I believe that on the sidelines of the Chilean presidential power transfer ceremony, Minister Yin will exchange views with Chilean leaders and other officials on bilateral relations and express the aspiration of China to further promote the friendship and cooperation between China and Chile. Given the current situation of the earthquake relief work in Chile, the two sides are likely to talk about relevant issues in this regard. China will continue to support the Chilean Government and people in their relief efforts and will provide various aids according to the needs of the affected area.

On the safety of the Chinese nationals in Chile after the earthquake, no Chinese casualties have been reported so far.

If there are no more questions, thank you. See you!

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