Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu’s Regular Press Conference on September 13, 2011

On the afternoon of September 13, 2011, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu held a regular press conference.

Jiang Yu started the press conference with the following announcements:

The 66th Session of the UN General Assembly will open in New York on September 13. China has released its position paper, elaborating China’s stance on political security, economic development, human rights protection, social development, arms control and disarmament, treaties and laws as well as other issues that will be covered in the General Assembly. We believe that the position paper will help the other parties understand China’s views on relevant issues of the General Assembly.

Tonight, Premier Wen Jiabao will meet with Executive Chairman Schwab of the World Economic Forum in Dalian. Tomorrow morning, the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions will open in Dalian. Premier Wen Jiabao will attend and address the opening ceremony which will be broadcast live.

French Foreign Minister Juppé has kicked off his visit to China. Today, he held talks with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and attended the opening ceremony of the “Year of French in China” which is part of China-France Year of Language. Premier Wen Jiabao will meet with him in the afternoon, so will State Councillor Dai Bingguo this evening.

As for the talks between the two foreign ministers, they had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations and issues of common interest.

Recent years have witnessed frequent high-level mutual visits, which give further boost to bilateral strategic mutual trust and comprehensive cooperation. We would like to work with the French side to fully implement relevant consensus between the two leaders, expand exchanges and cooperation in various fields, enhance multilateral coordination and push for positive and practical outcomes of the G20 Cannes Summit. As permanent members of the UN Security Council and G20 member states, it is of great significance to world peace, stability and prosperity for China and France to rise up to challenges with greater coordination and cooperation.

With regard to the situation in Libya, both sides respect the Libyan people’s choice and believe that the UN should play a leading role in Libya’s reconstruction.

Q: The Financial Times reported that Italy had recently asked China to buy its bonds. Please confirm and brief us on China’s position.

A: Please consult competent Chinese authorities about whether China will purchase Italian bonds and how the two sides communicate in this regard.

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I would like to give you a principled answer. The settlement of the European debt issue is crucial to the stable development of finance, trade and economy. We support the measures adopted by the EU countries in tackling the debt crisis and believe that the eurozone countries will take holistic and coordinated steps to properly resolve relevant problems. China has confidence in the European economy and the euro, and Europe remains one of the major markets of China’s overseas investment. We also hope to meet challenges together with the EU by expanding cooperation with the EU countries in trade, finance, investment and other fields. We hope that the EU countries will take concrete measures to ensure the safety of China’s investment in the EU.

Q: Please brief us on China’s assistance to Pakistan in the latter’s fight against flood.

A: Our hearts go out to the Pakistani people over the flooding. China expresses solicitude to Pakistan as well as condolences over the victims. The Chinese Government decided to provide RMB 30 million worth of emergency humanitarian relief to Pakistan to show the Chinese people’s friendship to the Pakistani people. We hope that these relief goods will be of some help to Pakistan in its fight against flood. The Pakistani Government and people will surely triumph over the flood and rebuild their homeland.

Q: Last week, you said that China would recognize the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) when conditions were ripe, and China has now recognized the NTC. Does China attach strings to the recognition? Has the NTC promised China something in terms of post-war reconstruction?

A: Major changes have taken place in Libya, which led the country to the critical stage of reconstruction and transition. The Chinese side respects the choice of the Libyan people and recognizes the NTC as the ruling authority of Libya and the representative of the Libyan people. We appreciate the NTC’s pledge to honor the one-China policy and faithfully abide by all treaties and agreements signed between the two sides. China would like to work with the NTC to push for the smooth transition and development of China-Libya relations.

China is a responsible country abiding by principles. We uphold a just position on the Libyan issue, making judgments and decisions based on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, relevant international law as well as the principle of non-interference in internal affairs and respect for the Libyan people’s choice.

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We have noted that Libya is drafting its post-war political reconstruction roadmap. We hope that an interim government will be formed at an early date so as to ensure peaceful and orderly transition of power. We hope that Libya can restore stability as soon as possible, embark on the path of political and economic reconstruction and maintain national unity and solidarity to the maximum extent possible. We would like to work with the NTC to push forward China-Libya cooperative relations of friendship and mutual benefit on the basis of mutual respect, equality and reciprocity. We adopt a positive attitude towards the post-war reconstruction of Libya.

Q: Does China’s position on unfreezing Libyan assets change after its recognition of the NTC?

A: China raised no objection during the Sanctions Committee’s discussion of releasing the Libyan Government’s assets, but only asked relevant countries to provide more complete and clearer information on the usage and supervision of the assets. Later we took part in the Sanctions Committee’s consultation for consensus. We will continue to adopt a responsible and constructive attitude when dealing with similar issues in the future.

Q: Permanent representatives of China, Russia and some other countries to the UN jointly signed a letter to the UN Secretary-General, requesting that the International Code of Conduct for Information Security jointly drafted by the above countries be circulated as an official document of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly. Please confirm and give us more details.

A: On September 12, permanent representatives of China, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and other countries to the UN jointly signed a letter to the UN Secretary-General, requesting that the International Code of Conduct for Information Security jointly drafted by the above countries be circulated as an official document of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly.

Information and cyber security has drawn world-wide attention over recent years. It gradually becomes the consensus of all countries to draw up relevant international rules to regulate information and cyber behavior. China believes that information and cyber security, as a common challenge faced by all countries, can only be effectively addressed through international cooperation. We hope that the Code will lay a sound foundation for relevant international discussions, and we call for further discussions on the Code within the UN framework so as to reach an early agreement on international norms and regulations governing every country’s conduct in information and cyber space with a view to promoting information and cyber security for win-win outcomes.

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Q: When will the Chinese Ambassador to Libya return to Tripoli?

A: Due to security reasons, staff of the Chinese Embassy in Libya were temporarily evacuated from Tripoli. We will return when the security situation allows. China has maintained close contact with the NTC through multiple channels. We hope that China-Libya relations will realize smooth transition and attain further development.

Q: Why does China insist that the UN should play a leading role in Libya’s reconstruction? Separately, is it proper to discuss the reform of the UN Security Council at the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly?

A: On your first question, I think not only China but the whole world is of the same opinion. Reconstruction is a long-term and arduous task for Libya, therefore, it is essential for the UN to play a leading and coordinating role in this regard. Only the UN has the authority and capacity to help Libya out of war and launch dialogue and reconstruction. The UN Secretary-General will make concrete proposals on the UN’s participation in relevant post-war reconstruction tasks. We look forward to his greater role in the process. An international conference on Libya will be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly later this month. China will actively consider attending the conference if invited.

On your second question, during this session of the UN General Assembly, all countries are engaged in in-depth discussions on various issues concerning the reform of the UN Security Council, further enhancing the understanding of each other’s stance. We hope that the UN will uphold the principle of openness, inclusiveness, transparency and Member States playing the leading role at the next session of the General Assembly, make the best of the mechanism of inter-governmental negotiations and continue with extensive and democratic consultations so as to seek a package of settlement.

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