On the afternoon of April 20, 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.
At the invitation of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi of the Republic of Tajikistan will pay an official visit to China from April 25 to 29.
Now, the floor is open.
Q: There have been some disputes between the DPRK and the ROK over the Cheonan sinking incident. Last weekend, the DPRK denied any involvement in it. Do you have any comments?
A: The sinking of the Cheonan ship is a tragedy. We have extended condolences and solicitude to the ROK and the bereaved families through bilateral channels. We take note that the ROK plans to carry out scientific and objective investigation and believe the issue will be properly handled.
Q: Please brief us on the high-level dialogue between China and the EU at the end of the month. When will it be held and who will be present?
A: President Barroso of the European Commission will lead a high-profile mission to China by the end of this month and attend the opening ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo. Relevant information will be released in due course.
Q: Elections in Sudan have just concluded. How do you comment?
A: The elections in Sudan from April 11 to 15 is an important step to implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the North Sudan and the South Sudan. It is also a positive endeavour of Sudan to achieve ethnic reconciliation and solidarity. China has sent observers to the elections. We are glad to see that the elections proceeded in a smooth and orderly and are well-received. We believe the successful elections will promote the peace process in Sudan and contribute to peace, stability and development in the country and the region as a whole. China is ready to work with the international community to play a positive and constructive role in the process.
Q: The P5+1 have had several rounds of negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue. Are there any changes in China's position?
A: Recently, the P5+1 have had discussions in New York over the diplomatic settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue and the elements in the draft sanctions resolution of the UN Security Council proposed by the US. As we said on many occasions, relevant discussions among the P5+1 do not mean the door for dialogue and negotiations is closed. We always believe that dialogue and negotiations are the best approach to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue.
Q: Japanese media reports that the DPRK leader Kim Jong-il will visit China by the end of April and ask for assistance. Please confirm.
A: About the party-to-party exchanges between China and the DPRK, I'll leave it to competent authorities. But I will let you know if I get any information.
Q: Last week, Venezuela claimed to have signed an agreement on oil cooperation with China and obtained a US$20 billion credit from China. Could you give us more details?
A: Competent authorities of China have released information about the cooperation agreements reached between China and Venezuela in fields such as energy and finance. As far as we know, on April 17, the Chinese Government and business delegation signed a series of bilateral cooperation agreements with Venezuela including a framework agreement of financing that China Development Bank will provide US$10 billion and RMB70 billion credit to Venezuela as well as other agreements on oil and electricity cooperation. We believe the two sides will make joint efforts to fully materialize these agreements and bring China-Venezuela relations to a higher level.
Q: Please update us on the international donations to the quake-hit areas in Yushu?
A: Up till now, more than 150 countries, international and regional organizations have expressed their condolences to the Chinese Government and people. We very much appreciate the care and support of the international community. We welcome and appreciate the wish of some countries and organizations to make donations to the quake-hit areas. Competent Chinese authorities have opened bank accounts for public donations.
As far as I know, Japan, the ROK, France, the United States and Norway have provided altogether US$3.2 million assistance and donations to us through various channels.
Q: Yesterday, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi had a telephone conversation with Kazak State Secretary and Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev. Could you brief us on their conversation?
A: Relevant information has been released. If you want more details, I will check it for you.
If there are no more questions, thank you for coming. See you next time.