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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu's Regular Press Conference on November 3, 2009

On November 3, 2009, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu held a regular press conference and answered questions.

Ma Zhaoxu: Good Afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to today's press conference. I'd also like to extend my welcome to Asian diplomats who are here in China for a Training Program. I have no announcement to make. Now, the floor is open.

Q: It has been repeatedly reported since September that the Chinese Government began to issue separate paper visas to residents of Kashmir. Why? Will it be a permanent policy? The Indian Government thinks it is discriminatory and stops the residents holding such visas from traveling to China. What's your comment?

A: The Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan is left over from history. As a neighboring country and friend of both India and Pakistan, China always maintains that the issue should be properly settled through dialogue and consultation by the two countries. China's visa policy concerning residents of Kashmir is consistent and remains unchanged.

Q: My question is about the trial of the Supreme People's Court of China on the appeal of Akmal. Last week, you suggested that we refer to competent authorities. We have been contacting the Supreme People's Court but failed to get any reply. Could you provide more information on the case?

A: I understand that you are eager to get the answer. I want to reiterate that this is a judicial case handled by the judicial authorities of China in accordance with law. No one is allowed to interfere.

Q: The G20 Finance Ministers' meeting in Scotland is approaching. Since the Pittsburg Summit, many countries are considering stimulus exit plans. Will China still be committed to the stimulus package? How will China ensure that other parties of the G20 also undertake not to implement the "Exit Strategy" prematurely?

A: It is an issue under heated discussion among the international community about how to cope with the international financial crisis, especially what kind of fiscal and financial policy should be adopted by countries in the context of current international economic situation which shows clear signs of recovery.

I am convinced that we should have a correct and objective assessment of the situation, adopt appropriate, proactive fiscal and financial policy in accordance with the respective economic situations of various countries so as to ensure the early recovery and development of the world economy instead of talking about "Exit" prematurely.

Q: President Hu Jintao will pay a visit to Malaysia on November 10. Please brief us on the accompanying Chinese officials and meeting arrangements.

A: At the invitation of King Mizan of Malaysia, President Hu Jintao will pay a state visit to Malaysia. This is his first visit in this capacity and also the first visit to Malaysia by Chinese President in the past 15 years. The visit will play an important role in advancing China-Malaysia relations.

During the visit, President Hu will have talks with King Mizan and Prime Minister Najib respectively. The two sides will exchange views on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of mutual interest. They will also sign documents on the cooperation in culture, education and other fields.

As for his accompanying officials, we will release relevant information in due course. Please be patient and follow closely the visit.

Q: Will there be separate BRIC meetings on the sidelines of the G20 Finance Ministers' meeting in Scotland? Please update us on relevant arrangements.

A: At present, I do not have any information as to whether the BRIC countries will hold separate meetings. I suggest you refer to the competent department, the Ministry of Finance.

Q: The Dalai Lama said over the weekend that he supports India's claim on the disputed border area between China and India, and that he doesn't understand why China is against his visit to the region. Does China have further communication with the Indian side on the issue recently? If yes, what is China's proposition? Besides, will there be a press briefing this week on President Hu attending the APEC meeting?

A: This week, we will hold a press briefing on President Hu's visit to Malaysia, Singapore and his events related to the APEC meeting. I expect the briefing to be held here on Friday afternoon. As to the specific time, we will keep you updated.

On your first question, the Dalai Lama is a liar. He is always involved in activities that undermine the relations between China and other countries as well as ethnic separatist activities. I don't want to comment on his remarks here. I believe that his attempt to undermine the relations between China and other countries is doomed to failure.

Q: On Dalai's visit to the disputed border area between China and India, does China lodge representations with the Indian side recently? Secondly, I wish to have your clarification. Did you mean just now that Dalai is deliberately trying to undermine the relations between China and India? Thirdly, India is reportedly dissatisfied with the Chinese workers working in India with fake visas, could you share with us more information? Have China and India communicated with each other on this matter?

A: On your first question, China has expressed grave concern on the issue you mentioned. China's position on the disputed east section of the China-India boundary area is consistent. We are firmly opposed to Dalai's visit to the disputed border region. We believe that the visit further exposes the anti-China and separatist nature of the Dalai Clique.

Concerning China-India relations, I wish to point out in particular that Premier Wen and Indian Prime Minister Singh had a very good meeting recently. The two sides have already reached consensus in a joint effort to steer the China-India relations towards the direction of healthy and stable development. This is a consensus reached between the two state leaders, and also the shared aspiration of both peoples. We hope both sides continue to press ahead in this direction.

On your third question, Chinese enterprises have contracted to a number of large-scale infrastructure projects in India. These projects have contributed a lot to the promotion of the bilateral economic cooperation and trade and the development of friendly relations between the two countries. In order to implement these projects successfully, those enterprises employ as many local hands as possible. At the same time, they need to have the necessary technicians from China. On the visa question you mentioned, China has expressed concerns to India on many occasions, requesting India to facilitate the work visa application procedures in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding on the Simplification of Visa Procedures the two sides have signed.

Q: A question on Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Egypt. Yesterday, Assistant Minister Zhai Jun confirmed that Premier Wen will discuss climate change issues with the leaders of the Middle East and African countries. Could you tell us in detail what kind of consensus or agreement China hopes to reach with these leaders on climate change issues?

A: You have mentioned the positions, exchanges and dialogues of China and the Middle East and African countries on climate change, and Assistant Foreign Minister Zhai Jun has already answered related questions yesterday. China's position on the issue of climate change is very clear. We hope that the Copenhagen Conference could yield positive results. We believe that the key to the success of the Copenhagen Conference is to reach consensus by following the principles of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, and relevant provisions of the "Bali Roadmap". China will make sustained efforts towards this end. On the forthcoming meeting of China-Africa Cooperation Forum, China will adhere to its position if the two sides discuss the issue on climate change.

Q: Last week, Chinese public security authorities announced that they rescued about 2,000 abducted children. Can you give us the number of missing children in China? Is that a major social problem the Chinese Government faces?

A: The Chinese Government resolutely fights against child abduction crimes according to law. Recently, the Chinese public security authorities took actions to rescue many abducted children, and this action will continue according to law.

On the specific figures you mentioned, I suggest you refer to the competent authorities.

Q: The Afghan Independent Electoral Commission has announced that because of the withdrawing of the other candidate, the election run-off scheduled on the 7th is canceled, and Hamid Karzai was elected President of Afghanistan. What is your comment?

A: We have taken note of the situation in Afghanistan general election. We respect Afghan people's choice, and congratulate Mr. Karzai on his election as the new President of Afghanistan.

As a friendly neighbor of Afghanistan, China will continue to strengthen the friendship between the two countries and support the reconstruction process of Afghanistan. We sincerely hope that Afghanistan will achieve peace, stability and development at an early date.

Q: When Nishimatsu Construction and Chinese workers reached reconciliation in the Tokyo Court on October 23, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reaffirmed its principled position, saying that the Japanese side should take a serious and responsible attitude to solve this problem. Does China believe that the reconciliation is serious and responsible?

A: The case of the forced Chinese labors is one of the grave crimes committed by the Japanese militarism to the Chinese people during World War II. China has always requested the Japanese side to handle the issue earnestly and properly with a responsible attitude to history.

Q: We are informed that the public security authorities are carrying out an anti-crime campaign in Xinjiang. Can you disclose how many people have been arrested and will be tried after the July 5th incident? We have contacted relevant authorities, but get no answer. Can you share with us more details?

A: I'd like to remind you that this is the press conference of the Foreign Ministry. Your question needs to be referred to relevant authorities in charge of domestic affairs.

Q: Regarding the Russian tourists missing in Sichuan Province, can you update us on the latest development?

A: On October 28, four Russians encountered an avalanche on Mount Siguniangshan in Xiaojin County of Sichuan Province. Two of them escaped whereas the other two are missing. The local Government has formed the rescue force immediately. Due to the bad weather, it is difficult to carry out the rescue operations. The rescue teams are now stationing at the foot of the snow mountain and as long as the weather conditions permit, the rescue efforts will begin.

We have informed the Russian Embassy in China of the relevant situation. We will watch closely the progress of rescue efforts and cooperate with relevant departments to deal with the situation. I assure you that we will make every possible effort to rescue the Russian tourists.

If there are no other questions, thank you all for coming!

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