On the afternoon of April 8, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference and answered questions.
Jiang Yu: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I have no announcements to make. Now the floor is open.
Q: Today, Vice Premier Wang Qishan will meet with US Treasury Secretary Geithner. What issues will the two sides discuss? Will Secretary Geithner meet with other Chinese leaders during his visit?
A: Secretary Geithner visits China today and the Finance Ministry of China will receive him. This afternoon, Vice Premier Wang Qishan will meet with him and relevant information will be released after the meeting.
Q: First, China's western neighbor Kyrgyzstan recently witnessed a riot. How does China comment? What is the condition of Chinese nationals in the country? Have they been affected? Second, a Chinese cargo ship grounded on the reef to the Northeast of Australia on April 3. What's the latest development of repair?
A: We are deeply concerned over the developments of situation in Kyrgyzstan and hope to see early restoration of order and stability in the country and that relevant issues can be settled through the legal means. The Chinese Foreign Ministry and Embassy in Kyrgyzstan have launched the emergency mechanism and follow the developments closely. The Department of Consular Affairs of the Foreign Ministry has issued safety and travel alert. Up till now, the Chinese Embassy and Chinese institutions and nationals in the country have been safe and there have been no reports of Chinese casualties.
After the Chinese coal-carrying ship Shen Neng 1gounded on the reef in the northeastern waters of Australia, competent Chinese authorities took it seriously and have taken immediate measures. Chinese missions in Australia have contacted Australia through different channels, requesting competent authorities of Australia to provide all-out rescue and ensure the safety of Chinese sailors on board. At present, the Australian side has undertaken timely rescue. The ship is basically stable and sailors are safe. We are concerned about the possible pollution the accident might bring to the Great Barrier Reef and hopes that the Chinese company involved will step up cooperation with competent authorities of Australia and handle related issues properly.
Q: The US recently pushed forward the Nuclear Posture Review which has attracted wide attention. How does China comment? Please brief us on China's nuclear position.
A: The US Report has attracted world-wide attention. We have noticed that there are some new statements in the US nuclear policy and will further look into the report. As one of the countries with the largest nuclear arsenal, the US should continue to have substantial reduction of its nuclear arsenal in an irreversible manner and further decrease the role of nuclear weapons in its national security, which is vital to reaching the final goal of complete and thorough nuclear disarmament and enhancing world peace and stability.
China's nuclear policy has been consistent, unequivocal and transparent. China always stands for complete prohibition and thorough destruction of nuclear weapons, firmly pursues a defensive nuclear strategy, stands committed to the policy of no first use of nuclear weapons at any time under any circumstances and clearly undertakes not to use or threat to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapon states or nuclear free zones unconditionally. China has never participated, and will never participate in any forms of nuclear arms race and will continue to maintain its nuclear power at the lowest level for its national security needs. China is ready to work with the international community to make further efforts for the process of international nuclear disarmament.
Q: First, President Obama said before the publication of the Nuclear Posture Review that China's nuclear policy lacks transparency. How does China comment? Second, a consultation will be held in New York on the Iranian nuclear issue today. Is China ready to support sanctions against Iran?
A: I have answered your first question just now. Our nuclear policy is not only clear and consistent, but also transparent.
The P5 plus one are going to meet in New York this week to discuss ways of settling the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomatic means and proposals raised by relevant parties. As a member of the P5 plus one mechanism, China will also take part in relevant discussion. We always believe that dialogue and negotiation is the best way out for the Iranian nuclear issue and hope parties concerned will make utmost efforts to this end.
Q: The United States and Russia, the two countries possessing 95% of the world's nuclear stockpile, are going to sign a new nuclear disarmament treaty today. How does China comment?
A: China welcomes the newly agreed bilateral nuclear disarmament treaty between the US and Russia. Further substantial reduction of nuclear weapons by the US and Russia in a verifiable and irreversible manner helps create conditions for the ultimate realization of complete and thorough nuclear disarmament. China upholds complete prohibition and thorough destruction of nuclear weapons and will continue its unremitting efforts with the international community to advance the international nuclear disarmament process.
Q: First, in the Nuclear Posture Review, the US pledged not to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapons states that are party to and comply with the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Does China believe this also applies to the nuclear issues of Iran and the DPRK? Second, will Vice Premier Wang Qishan and Secretary Geithner discuss the issue of RMB exchange rate in their meeting? Does China expect the US side to make any commitment to the issue?
A: We maintain a peaceful settlement of relevant nuclear issues through diplomatic negotiations with a view to safeguarding the international non-proliferation regime and maintaining regional peace and stability.
On your second question, competent Chinese authorities will release information after the meeting. They have repeatedly made clear China's position on the specific question you raised.
Q: Indian Foreign Minister Krishna concluded the four-day visit to China today. During the visit, he had a series of meetings with the Chinese leaders. Indian Foreign Secretary made comment on the visit yesterday. How about China's comment? Does China regard it a success?
A: Foreign Minister Krishna's visit to China was closely followed and widely covered by media. It was a successful and fruitful visit. As two major emerging countries, China and India both face development tasks and challenges and share common interests and broad consensus on many issues. A good-neighborly and friendly relationship between China and India featuring cooperation and common development benefits not only the two peoples, but also peace, stability and development in the region and the world at large. We are ready to build on the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-India diplomatic ties to push for fresh and greater development of China-India strategic and cooperative partnership.
Q: What is the purpose of US Secretary of Treasury Geithner's visit to China? According to the analysis of the Financial Times, his visit indicated that China and the US have reached understanding on the issue of RMB exchange rate. Do you agree?
A: As far as I know, Secretary Geithner will visit China today as the Special Representative of President Barack Obama. Vice Premier Wang Qishan, the Special Representative of President Hu Jintao, will meet with him. The two sides may exchange views on issues related to the second round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue and other issues of common interest. Authoritative information on this visit should come from competent authorities.
Q: Premier Wen Jiabao met with former US Secretary of Treasury Paulson in Zhongnanhai yesterday. Please brief us on the details of the meeting.
A: Former US Secretary of Treasury Paulson was invited here to attend the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference. Relevant information on the meeting has been released.
If there are no more questions, thank you!