|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu's Regular Press Conference on May 6, 2010|
On the afternoon of May 6, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference and answered questions.
Jiang Yu: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I have one announcement to start with.
As agreed upon consultation, the 4th China-Japan-ROK Foreign Ministers' Meeting will be held in Gyeongju, the ROK from May 15 to 16. Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will attend the meeting. The three sides will exchange views on the direction for future trilateral cooperation, preparation for the 3rd Trilateral Summit Meeting among China, Japan and the ROK as well as other major regional and international issues of common interest.
Now, the floor is open.
Q: Could you now confirm that the DPRK leader Kim Jong-il is visiting Beijing? It's reported that he has met with Chinese leaders and expressed readiness to return to the Six-Party Talks. Please confirm.
A: About this issue, I still have no information for you. We are not the competent authorities on the issue. According to former practice, if the top leader of the DPRK comes to China, relevant information will be released in due course.
Q: Does China want to have the DPRK back to the Six-Party Talks as soon as possible? Would China make its economic aid to the DPRK conditional on the latter's return to the Six-Party Talks?
A: China always believes that the Six-Party Talks is the best approach to realize denuclearization on the Peninsular and enduring peace in Northeast Asia. We will stay in communication with relevant parties and make joint efforts for an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks.
Q: Is China concerned about India's recent ban on import of China's telecom equipment? Will this affect China-India relations?
A: You may ask the Ministry of Commerce for specifics and response. China and India should be cooperative partners of mutual benefit and win-win outcome. The two countries are exerting joint efforts to reach a trade volume of 60 billion US dollars by 2010. It takes efforts of both sides to expand trade and enhance cooperation. The trade between China and India enjoys a bright prospect. We hope the two governments could both create a sound environment for trade and investment.
Q: It's reported that the ROK is basically sure that the Cheonan ship was attacked by torpedo from the DPRK. How do you comment? Separately, the ROK Government has reportedly summoned the Chinese Ambassador to the ROK to protest against China receiving the DPRK leader Kim Jong-il. Could you confirm?
A: You were only quoting from media reports and speculations. As we know, the ROK Government is conducting investigation on the Cheonan incident and has promised to be objective and scientific in the process. We are yet to see the official result from the ROK.
The visit you mentioned and the Cheonan incident are two separate issues. It is China's sovereign right to decide which foreign leader to receive. To our knowledge, recently there's been no so-called "protest" against China.
Q: The Nigerian President Yar'Adua passed away yesterday. How do you comment?
A: We express condolences over the death of President Yar'Adua of Nigeria, and solicitude to his family, the Nigerian Government and people. President Yar'Adua had made major contributions to the national construction of Nigeria and China-Nigeria relations. China will work hand in hand with Nigeria to promote the steady development of our strategic partnership.
If there are no more questions, thank you. See you next week.