Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu's Regular Press Conference on June 3, 2010

On the afternoon of June 3, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference and answered questions.

Jiang Yu: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to today's press conference. I have one announcement to start with.

At the invitation of President Karimov of the Republic of Uzbekistan, President Hu Jintao will pay a state visit to Uzbekistan and attend the 10th Meeting of the Council of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Heads of States in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from June 9 to 11.

At the invitation of President Nazarbayev of the Republic of Kazakhstan, President Hu Jintao will pay a state visit to Kazakhstan from June 11 to 12.

Q: We heard that Vice President Xi Jinping would visit Australia shortly, could you give us more details?

A: Relevant information on the arrangement of Chinese leaders' visits will be released in due course.

Q: Please brief us on Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Myanmar.

A: This morning, Premier Wen Jiabao held talks with Myanmese Prime Minister Thein Sein and met with Chairman Than Shwe of the State Peace and Development Council. The two sides reached extensive common ground on enhancing bilateral relations, strengthening cooperation in various fields and jointly safeguarding peace and tranquility in border areas and signed multiple important agreements, marking a stride forward in China-Myanmar relations.

Premier Wen said that China, highly valuing its good-neighborliness and friendship with Myanmar from a strategic perspective, is ready to take the opportunity of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties to work together with Myanmar to elevate the relations to a new height. The two sides also signed a series of cooperative documents on trade and economy, finance, energy, science and technology and etc.

Q: In defiance of the strong international call for Israel to lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister reasserted yesterday that the blockade would continue. How does China view this? Besides, the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution yesterday on setting up an investigation group, will China take part in the group? Lastly, will this SCO Summit discuss absorbing new members including Iran?

A: China supports the Presidential Statement released by the UN Security Council and the emergency meeting of the Human Rights Council and voted in favor of the resolution. We urge Israel to implement relevant Security Council resolutions in earnest, lift the blockade of Gaza and ease the humanitarian situation there. We hope relevant parties press ahead with the Palestine-Israel peace talks in an earnest and responsible manner, creating conditions to fundamentally promote peace and stability of the Middle-East.

The specific arrangement and form of the joint investigation depend on further discussions of all parties.

On the SCO enlargement, the Organization is now mainly involved in pragmatic cooperation with its observers and partners. We welcome the good wishes of relevant countries to strengthen cooperation with the SCO so as to jointly maintain regional peace and stability. However, enlargement is a complicated issue which bears on the further development of the SCO. An expert panel has been set up by the SCO to have an all-round study on a series of political and legal issues including the standards and procedure of enlargement. We believe SCO members will decide by consensus according to their own development.

Q: It is reported that US Defense Minister Gates had been denied visit to China originally scheduled next week. Please confirm.

A: I suggest you turn to the Ministry of Defense about China-US military relations. We attach great importance to high-level exchanges between the two armies. As far as I am concerned, there's no concrete arrangement in place.

Q: US State Department Spokesman Crowley said yesterday that the US would put forward the resolution on sanctions against Iran to the UN Security Council in the coming days. President Obama also hoped to see a vote on the resolution on June 20 or 21. How do you respond?

A: We have noted relevant reports. China stays committed to the "dual-track" strategy over the Iranian nuclear issue. We always hold that dialogues and negotiations are the best way to resolve this issue. As we have always emphasized, relevant draft resolution under the Security Council consultation does not mean the door to diplomatic efforts is closed.

We believe that any action taken by the Security Council should be conducive to resolving this issue through dialogues and negotiations and should not punish the Iranian people by affecting their normal life. We also hope relevant parties continue to take active steps to push for a proper settlement of the issue.

Q: I have two questions. First, is China following closely the India-US Strategic Dialogue held in Washington, some topics of which are related to China's concerns? Second, the only passage stretching through the China-Pakistan borders closed due to landslide and flood was originally supposed to be open in May. But recent reports say the passage will remain closed. Would you please give us some details?

A: On your first question, we are glad to see India and the US to develop normal relations. We also hope that the India-US relationship play a positive role in promoting peace and stability of South Asia.

On your second question, it is learnt from competent authorities that some sections of the Kalakunlun Highway have been blocked because of severe landslide. We are now working with the Pakistani side on the repair work and hope the highway can be put into use as soon as possible.

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