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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu's Regular Press Conference on May 17, 2011


On the afternoon of May 17, 2011, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference.

Q: It is reported that Egyptian Foreign Minister Elaraby will succeed Amr Moussa as the new Secretary-General of the Arab League as decided by the Arab League Foreign Ministers Meeting. What is China's comment on that? How does China comment on the outgoing Secretary-General Moussa and the international community's promotion of the Middle East peace process?

A: As an important regional organization, the Arab League has a unique influence and role when it comes to international and regional affairs. China always attaches great importance to developing and deepening collective cooperative partnership with the Arab countries. The establishment and rapid development of the China-Arab Cooperation Forum is the fruit of joint efforts.

China congratulates Mr Elaraby on assuming the post of Secretary-General of the Arab League and expects him to make contribution to the solidarity and stability of the Arab world as well as the comprehensive and in-depth development of China-Arab strategic cooperation.

We appreciate Mr Moussa's commitment to the development of China-Arab relations as well as his significant contribution to the China-Arab Cooperation Forum during his term as Secretary-General of the Arab League.

As for the Middle East peace process, the protracted standstill of the Middle East peace talks does no good to peace and stability of this region. We hope that both Israel and Palestine echo the peace-promoting efforts of the international community and resume talks as soon as possible. The international community should play a constructive role in pushing for a comprehensive, impartial and durable resolution of the Middle East issue.

Q: What is China's comment on IMF chief Kahn's recent arrest in New York and the possible nomination of a new chief? What kind of impact will it exert on the IMF?

A: We have noted relevant report and have no comment on that.

We believe that the choice of senior executives of the IMF shall follow the principle of fairness, transparency and merit.

Q: Would you please brief us on the arrangement of Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani's visit to China? Secondly, the Chinese representative refused to sign the report by the expert panel of the UNSC sanctions committee on the DPRK. What is China's comment?

A: Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani will soon begin his visit to China. We look forward to positive outcomes of his visit, during which Premier Wen Jiabao and President Hu Jintao will hold talks and meet with him respectively.

China and Pakistan are each other's strategic partner of mutual trust and deep-rooted friendship. It is the common aspiration of both countries to cement and advance China-Pakistan traditional friendship. We stand ready to make joint efforts with Pakistan to build the future of China-Pakistan friendly cooperation.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties bewteen China and Pakistan as well as the Year of China-Pakistan Friendship. Prime Minister Gilani will also attend celebration activities with Chinese leaders.

On your second question, China always upholds denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula as well as peace and stability of Northeast Asia and has stayed in close communication and consultation with all relevant parties on the Korean nuclear issue in a constructive attitude.

Under the current circumstances, China hopes that all relevant parties seize the positive momentum of the situation on the Peninsula, meet each other halfway, take credible and necessary measures and steps to realise an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks in a bid to discuss and resolve relevant issues under the framework of the Talks.

Q: China did not raise the issue of the EU's arms embargo on China during talks with European Council President Van Rompuy yesterday. Will the two discuss that during today's meeting?

A: European Council President Van Rompuy is now in China for a visit. Yesterday, President Hu Jintao held talks with him and both sides have released information. During the talks, the two sides had extensive and in-depth discussions over issues of their concern. Premier Wen Jiabao and Vice President Xi Jinping will meet with him this afternoon and tomorrow respectively.

As two major strategic forces advocating peace and development, China and the EU strengthening cooperation will have significant and positive impact on the international landscape. We are willing to work along with the EU to advance our equal partnership of mutual respect, friendship and mutual trust as well as cooperative partnership of win-win outcome and common development.

Q: Some critics believe that the strained US-Pakistan relations after the killing of Bin Laden will push Pakistan closer to China. How do you comment?

A: Pakistan, a victim of terrorism, has made major contribution to international counter-terrorism cooperation with huge sacrifice. The Chinese Government will continue to firmly support Pakistan's efforts in combating terrorism.

Fending off and addressing the terrorist threat is the common challenge facing the international community that requires concerted efforts. We hope relevant country will intensify its cooperation with Pakistan in fighting against terrorism, and meanwhile respect Pakistan's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity in an earnest manner.

Q: How does China comment on the current situation in Libya?

A: Closely following the developments in the Libyan situation, we again urge relevant parties to cease fire as soon as possible and resolve the current crisis through peaceful means including dialogue and negotiation. The future of Libya should be independently decided by the Libyan people. It is hoped that the international community makes positive endeavor in pushing for a political settlement of the Libyan issue.

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