|Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference on March 13, 2007|
On the afternoon of March 13, 2007, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang held a regular press conference and answered questions on the nuclear issue of the
Qin: Good afternoon! I will begin with some announcements.
At the invitation of the Governments of Australia,
At the invitation of Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Kurshid Mehmood Kasuri will pay an official visit to
At the invitation of the Government of Pakistan, the special envoy of the Chinese Government and Minister of Communications Li Shenglin will visit Pakistan and attend the completion ceremony of Gwadar Port from March 18 to 21.
According to the consultation with other parties by
Now the floor is open.
Q: Which working groups of the Six-party Talks will hold meetings on March 17? How long will the meetings last? What's
A: The details of the arrangement for the working group session on denuclearization are still under close consultation between
We hold that the objective of the five groups is to ensure that the measures to implement the Joint Statement in the initial stage will be fulfilled, so as to lay the ground for the further development of the next round of the Six-Party Talks.
The Six Round of the Six-Party Talks will be held on March 19. We believe the working groups' meetings will be concluded before that.
Q: What's China's expectation on the visit of Elbaradei, the Director-General of IAEA to the DPRK?
A: At the invitation of the DPRK, the Director-General of IAEA Elbaradei is paying a visit to
A: It is our hope that relevant countries can take into account the concern and interests of other countries in the region when they strengthen bilateral security cooperation, and do more to promote mutual trust among the countries as well as peace and stability in the region.
Q: The supreme court of
A: The Chinese Government clearly stated its position over war compensation in the China-Japan Joint Statement in 1972. This position remains unchanged.
I have to point out the conscription of the forced labor is one of the grave crimes committed by the Japanese militarism in its war of aggression. We hope
Q:Last week, Dalai Lama delivered a speech in
A: To begin with, you are quite wrong in describing Dalai's escape in 1958 as an "uprise". After his escape, Dalai has been in exile abroad, engaged in activities aimed to split our country and undermine national solidarity. His escape was not an act of justice, let alone an "uprise". I believe my correction will be helpful for you to better understand our position on the issues of
In his speech, Dalai continues to turn a blind eye to the development of
I remember that you took the first train to
We hope Dalai could face up to history, reconcile with the trend of times, correctly assess the real situation, and reflect upon his fundamental political platform, so as to make the right choice of doing more things beneficial to Tibetan people in the rest of his life.
Q: Both Japanese and Australian leaders have claimed that the Japan-Australia security pact is not targeted at China, do you believe that? Australia, following the US, is the second country with which
A: I hope they really mean what they have said.
We are willing to develop mutually-beneficial and cooperative friendship with other countries in the region in line with the spirit of the UN Charter and the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, as well as the new security concept featuring mutual-trust, mutual-benefit, equality, and coordination, so as to maintain regional peace and stability.
Q: French president Chirac announced last Sunday that he would not seek a third term in elections. What's your comment given Chirac is a good friend of
A: In recent years, the all-round strategic partnership between
Under current volatile international circumstances,
Q: Who will be Chinese representatives in the working groups of Economy and Energy Cooperation and
Mr. ElBaradei stopped over here enroute for the DPRK. Yesterday, Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei met with him and briefed him on the progress of the Six-Party Talks.
Q: Does the China-Japan Joint Statement in 1972 mean that the Chinese citizens have given up the right for war compensation
accordingly? What is the position of the Chinese government towards Chinese citizens' compensation lawsuits against
A: Please be aware, my early response has two parts. First, the Chinese government adheres to the position elaborated in the 1972 Joint Statement. Second, the conscription of the forced labor is one of the grave crimes committed by the Japanese militarism during World War Ⅱ.
Q: The Sudanese President Bashir said he hopes to see some restrictions on the UN peacekeeping mission in
A: The international community including the Sudanese government has reached principled consensus on the hybrid operation of the UN and AU in the
Q: In the WG of the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, besides Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei, will the heads of the other five parties also be the members of the group? If it is true, what is the difference between the WG meetings and the Sixth Round of the Six-party Talks on March 19? Can you tell us the specific arrangement of this round of the Talks?
The February 13th Joint Document clearly stipulated that the task of the WG is to discuss and formulate the plans for the implementation of the Joint Statement in their respective field and to report the results to the meetings of heads of delegations of the Six-party Talks. We expect the WGs to report their plans and achievements in the implementation of the initial actions since February 13 to the meetings of heads of delegations on March 19. The latter may have discussion when necessary.
The time for the Six-party Talks to open has yet to be decided. We will release the relevant information in due course. As in the past several rounds of Talks, our
A: The companies of
Q: Japanese Prime Minister Abe apologized from the bottom of his heart to the mentally-hurt "comfort women" in the NHK TV programme. What is your comment? I asked the question at the last press conference that in 1993 former Japanese Prime Minister Kono acknowledged the responsibility of the Japanese army on the "comfort women" issue and he expressed heart-felt apology and remorse. How do you comment on the Kono Statement? Do you expect the present Japanese government inherit the spirit of the Kono Statement?
A: You question is very long but my answer is fairly short. Recently we have reiterated our position on the "comfort women" question on many occasions. Our position remains unchanged.
Q: President Hu Jintao will visit
A: As agreed by
If there is no other question, thank you and bye!