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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu's Regular Press Conference on April 22, 2010
2010/04/23

On the afternoon of April 22, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference and answered questions.

Jiang Yu: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I have several announcements to make.

At the invitation of President Hu Jintao, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France will pay a state visit to China from April 28 to 30.

At the invitation of President Hu Jintao, President Emannel Mori of Micronesia will pay a state visit to China from April 28 to May 4.

At the invitation of President Hu Jintao, President Tsahiagiin Elbegdorj of Mongolia will pay a state visit to China from April 28 to May 3.

At the invitation of President Hu Jintao, President Abbas of the State of Palestine and the Palestinian National Authority will pay a state visit to China from April 30 to May 1.

At the invitation of President Hu Jintao, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of Turkmenistan will pay a state visit to China from April 30 to May 2.

At the invitation of Premier Wen Jiabao, President Barroso of the European Commission will pay an official visit to China from April 29 to May 1.

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, President Treki of the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly will pay a visit to China from April 26 to May 2.

Now the floor is open.

Q: Former IOC President Samaranch passed away yesterday. Since he was very close to China and had supported the Beijing Olympic Games, how do you comment on his death?

A: Today, President Hu Jintao sent a message of condolences to President Rogge of the International Olympic Committee, expressing deep lament over the death of Mr. Samaranch, the IOC Honorary President for Life, and sincere solicitude to his family.

In the message, President Hu said that Mr. Samaranch was an extraordinary leader of the IOC. He devoted all his life to the reform and development of the modern Olympic Games and made unremitting efforts to advocate the Olympic spirit of solidarity, friendship and peace, moving the Games to new glories. His contribution has been highly praised by people all around the world.

Mr. Samaranch is an old friend and good friend of the Chinese people. We shall never forget his remarkable efforts to help China restore its legitimate seat at the IOC, expand exchanges and cooperation between the IOC and China and promote friendship and cooperation between China and Spain.

The Chinese Government will continue to support the Chinese sports community in strengthening its exchanges and cooperation with the IOC and sports communities of other countries with a view to building up mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese people and people from the rest of the world.

Q: Deputy Foreign Minister Borodavkin of Russia is visiting China and has had talks with Chinese officials. Please give us more details. Has the resumption of the Six-Party Talks been discussed? Has any progress been made on the issue?

A: Mr. Borodavkin, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia and head of Russian delegation to the Six-Party Talks is visiting China. He arrived in Beijing on April 20.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has met with him. Special Representative Wu Dawei of the Chinese Government on the Korean Peninsular Affairs has held talks with him. The two sides agree that to promote the Six-Party Talks is in the interest of all parties and conducive to peace, stability and enduring tranquility in Northeast Asia. Both sides pledged to work with other parties involved for an early resumption of the Six-Party Talks.

Deputy Foreign Minister Borodavkin also met with Assistant Foreign Minister Hu Zhengyue, Assistant Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping and Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Zhengmin. They exchanged views on such issues as China-Russia relations and security in the Asia-Pacific region.

Q: Please brief us on French President Sarkozy's visit to China. What will be discussed during his visit? How do you comment on the current China-France relations considering your discord in the past?

A: President Sarkozy will start his visit from April 28 in Xi'an. He will be in Beijing from April 28 to 29 and attend the opening ceremony of Shanghai Expo on April 30. During his visit, President Hu Jintao, Chairman Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao will meet and talk with him. The two sides will have an extensive and in-depth exchange of views on further development of China-France comprehensive strategic partnership as well as international and regional issues of common interest.

At present, the China-France relations have staged a sound momentum of development. The two sides keep frequent exchanges at high level and other levels with active cooperation in various fields. This year, the bilateral relations face significant development opportunities. We are willing to work with France and continue to build up political mutual trust, deepen pragmatic cooperation in various fields and strengthen communication and coordination on major international and regional issues so as to promote sound and stable development of bilateral relations.

Q: The Summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is to be held shortly. Since China is an observer of SAARC, which Chinese official will be sent to the Summit?

A: The 16th SAARC Summit will be held from April 28 to 29 in Bhutan.

China attaches great importance to developing friendly relations of cooperation with SAARC. Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya will lead the Chinese delegation to the Summit. As the most important regional organization of cooperation in South Asia,SAARC has played an active role in promoting cooperation among its members as well as regional economic and social development. China wishes the Summit a complete success and expects to see SAARC achieve new progress, thus making more contribution to the peace, stability and development of South Asia and the world.

Since China became an observer of SAARC in 2005, constant progress has been made in the cooperation between China and SAARC. China will continue to have equal dialogues and pragmatic cooperation with SAARC in the spirit of mutual benefit, cooperation and win-win outcome so as to play a constructive part in promoting regional peace, stability and prosperity.

Q: According to a diplomat to the United Nations, China proposed changes to the draft resolution elements that would soften sanctions on Iran. What are China's major concerns?