On the afternoon of December 16, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference.
Q: ROK media reports that during his meeting with State Councilor Dai Bingguo, the DPRK top leader Kim Jong-il said that his country was willing to accept the IAEA inspection if certain preconditions were met. Could you give us more details on that?
A: About State Councilor Dai Bingguo's visit to the DPRK, I already briefed you in details last time. As for the specific issue you mentioned, we believe it should be properly handled within the framework of the Six-Party Talks according to the September 19 Joint Statement.
As the situation on the Peninsula remains complicated and sensitive, it is hoped that all parties concerned make joint efforts, keep patient, make active interaction and meet each other half way so as to ease the situation at an early date and bring it back to the track of settlement through dialogue and negotiations.
Q: It's reported that China-Japan Security Dailogue is to be held in Beijing next week. Please confirm. Second, on December 15, a bomb blast near a mosque in the south-east Iranian port city of Chabahar caused over one hundred casualties. Do you have any comment?
A: We are ready to strengthen security dialogue with Japan. As for the arrangement for the 12th China-Japan Security Dialogue, the two sides are staying in communication on relevant issues.
Chinese and Japanese leaders have recently had several meetings and contacts on multilateral occasions, reaching major consensus that marks improvement and development in bilateral relations. Attaching great importance to China-Japan relations, we are ready to work with Japan to steer bilateral relations in the right direction according to the consensus reached between leaders of the two countries and the principles set in the four political documents, with a view to promoting sound and stable development of China-Japan strategic relations of mutual benefit.
About your second question, the Chinese Government firmly opposes terrorism of any form. We condemn the bomb attack against civilians in the southeast of Iran and express condolences to the bereaved families.
Q: It's reported that the ROK military plans to conduct a live-fire artillery drill in days to come on Yeonpyeong Island. How do you comment? Second, it's believed that Japan's recent military adjustment is aimed to deter China. How do you comment?
A: As we repeatedly stressed, if the situation on the Peninsula goes unchecked, the peoples on the two sides of the Peninsula will be the first to suffer. It is hoped that under the current circumstances, relevant parties keep calm, exercise restraint and refrain from any actions that might escalate the situation. We hope relevant parties be jointly committed to safeguarding peace and stability on the Peninsula and in Northeast Asia. No matter in past, present or future, China's position to safeguard peace and stability on the Peninsula and in Northeast Asia will remain resolute.
On your second question, following the path of peaceful development and pursuing a national defense policy which is defensive in nature, China poses no threat to any other country. We also hope countries in the region do more to enhance political and security mutual trust and contribute to regional peace and stability.
Q: Please brief us on the visit by the US Deputy Secretary of State Steinberg. Has he met with State Councilor Dai Bingguo? What did they talk about?
A: US Deputy Secretary of State Steinberg and his delegation are on a visit to China. Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun and Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai have had talks with him respectively. Special Representative of the Chinese Government on the Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei has met with him. This afternoon, State Councilor Dai Bingguo will meet with him. As the visit is still ongoing, relevant information will be released afterwards.
In light of their converged interest, China and the US should strengthen dialogue and cooperation, rather than suspicion and rivalry. We are ready to join the US to strengthen dialogue, communication and cooperation at all levels in diverse fields, push bilateral relations in a sound and stable manner and make joint efforts to peace and stability in the region and the world at large.
Q: Would you characterize Mr. Steinberg's meeting and talks with Chinese officials as "positive"? Are there any consensus reached on the Peninsula issue?
A: Relevant information will be released in due course. Since China and the US are two major countries in the world and permanent member states at the Security Council, better communication between the two will not only serve the interest of the two countries but also contribute to regional and world peace and stability.
Q: Indian Foreign Minister recently expressed his hope that China would work with India to urge Pakistan to step up efforts in its fight against domestic terrorist forces. Will Premier Wen discuss this issue during his visit to India and Pakistan?
A: Premier Wen Jiabao's visits to India and Pakistan are still under way. According to his schedule, he has probably just concluded talks with his Indian counterpart. Information on relevant activities will be released by the Chinese delegation in a timely manner. Yesterday, Premier Wen attended and delivered a speech at the China-India Business Cooperation Summit, stressing that China and India are partners rather than rivals. Bilateral economic and trade cooperation features mutual benefits and win-win nature, thus the two should give their advantages full play to complement each other so as to seek common development.
As both India and Pakistan are our friendly neighbors, we sincerely hope that the two countries enjoy friendly co-existence and common development. It is hoped that India and Pakistan strengthen exchanges and cooperation including fighting terrorism and constantly improve relations, with a view to safeguarding peace and stability in South Asia.
Q: The new National Defense Program Outline of Japan to be released shortly will shift its defense focus to the Southwest. How do you comment?
A: I would like to emphasize that China's development is peaceful and we uphold a national defense policy that is defensive in nature and poses no threat to any other country. We hope China and Japan strengthen political and security mutual trust, and Japan, as an important country in the region, make more positive efforts to promote regional peace and stability.
Q: US New Mexico Governor Richardson stops in Beijing today on his way to the DPRK and will have meetings with the DPRK side on the Peninsula issue during this private trip. What is China's expectation of the visit? Does China believe it will help bring the DPRK back to the Six-Party Talks?
A: As far as I know, Governor Richardson stops over in Beijing on his way to the DPRK and has no meeting arrangements with the Chinese side. We always support the US and the DPRK strengthening contact and dialogue and hope that they address each other's concerns through dialogue. We hope the parties concerned work together to bring the Peninsula issue back to the track of settlement through dialogue and consultation.
After the press conference, the spokesperson briefed the press on the 13th human rights dialogue between China and Australia upon request.
The 13th human rights dialogue between China and Australia to be held on December 20 in Beijing will be co-hosted by Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai and Australian Deputy Secretary Smith of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The dialogue will cover topics including China-Australian relations, new achievements the two countries have made in human rights field, international human rights cooperation and other issues of common interest. We are ready to work with Australia to push for positive results out of the dialogue on the basis of equality and mutual respect.