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06BEIJING7352 2006-04-18 10:30:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Beijing
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APRIL 18 MFA PRESS BRIEFING: AFM CUI TO IRAN,

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TAGS: PREL ECON PHUM PARM KNNP CH IR
SUBJECT: APRIL 18 MFA PRESS BRIEFING: AFM CUI TO IRAN,
SIX-PARTY TALKS, TAIWAN, EAST CHINA SEA DISPUTE, SUDAN


Summary
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1. Key points made at the April 18 MFA press briefing
are as follows:

- During his recent trip to Iran, AFM Cui Tiankai
expressed China?s concern over recent developments
concerning Iran?s nuclear program.

- The "principal parties" to the Six-Party Talks
should demonstrate their sincerity in order to achieve
progress and implement the Joint Statement.

- Taiwan is the "most important and sensitive core
issue" in U.S.-China relations and cannot be
marginalized.

- The notice placed on the China Maritime Safety
Administration website regarding China?s Pinghu gas
field operations contained a "technical inaccuracy,"
but China objects to Japan?s exaggeration of the
issue.

- China blocked UN sanctions related to Darfur because
it wishes to promote a negotiated solution, which it
hopes will happen by the end of April.

- While the SCO maintains an open attitude toward
expanding its membership, it is presently focused on
internal development and strengthening cooperation
among its current members.

- Finnish Prime Minister Vanhanen will visit China
April 25-28. Vice President of Sierra Leone Berewa
will visit China April 23-27. End Summary.

AFM Cui?s Iran Visit


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2. Responding to questions during the regular April
18 MFA press briefing on Assistant Foreign Minister
Cui Tiankai's recent visit to Iran, MFA Spokesperson
Qin Gang noted that AFM Cui met with a number of
Iranian officials, including Supreme National Security
Council Secretary Larijani and Deputy Secretary
Vaheedi. AFM Cui voiced China's concern over recent
developments concerning Iran?s nuclear program. He
expressed the hope that all the parties will exercise
restraint and will continue negotiations in order to
create conditions for a proper resolution of the
Iranian nuclear issue.

China's "Constructive Role" in the Six-Party Talks


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3. Asked about reported recent statements by Deputy
Secretary Zoellick on China?s role in the Six-Party

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Talks, Qin asserted that Beijing has consistently
played a constructive role in the Talks process.
China strongly advocates a nuclear weapon-free Korean
Peninsula and a peaceful resolution to the DPRK
nuclear issue, which are goals that serve all the
parties? interests and regional peace and stability.
Beijing has made widely recognized efforts to promote
the Talks process and will maintain contact with all
the parties, both inside and outside the Six-Party
Talks framework. The Six-Party Talks are currently
encountering complications, and the ?principal
parties? in particular should demonstrate their
sincerity in order to achieve progress and implement
the Joint Statement reached during the last round of
the Talks.

President Hu's U.S. Visit and Taiwan, Human Rights


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4. Asked by the Taiwan Central News Agency
correspondent where Taiwan ranks on President Hu
Jintao?s agenda for his U.S. visit, Qin underscored
that Taiwan is the ?most important and sensitive core
issue? in U.S.-China relations. This issue cannot be
marginalized, he stressed. President Hu and U.S.
leaders will discuss ways to develop bilateral
relations and exchange views on major international
and regional issues. Beijing hopes Washington will

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honor its commitments to its one-China policy, the
Three Joint Communiques and opposition to Taiwan
independence, as well as work with China to maintain
cross-Strait peace and stability and regional
development. Such actions serve all the parties?
interests.



5. Asked by the Kyodo correspondent how President Hu
will portray China's human rights situation to U.S.
leaders, Qin remarked that China supports countries in
developing their human rights based on their
particular backgrounds and conditions, adding that it
is natural for nations to have different human rights
practices. China and the United States are making
efforts to promote human rights, and the two
countries, as well as other nations, should conduct
dialogue in this area. Beijing opposes confrontation
and the use of human rights as a pretext to interfere
in countries? internal affairs.

Sino-Japanese East China Sea Row


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6. Questioned by a number of Japanese correspondents
about the reported notice posted on the China Maritime
Safety Administration website March 1 prohibiting most
ships from entering an area surrounding the Pinghu gas
field due to an expansion project, Qin stated that the
notice contained a "technical inaccuracy." China?s
actual operations are not being conducted in this
area, Qin said, referring to the area also claimed by
Japan. Beijing, however, does not recognize the
median line unilaterally established by Tokyo and
expresses dissatisfaction with Japan's objections
based on this claim, as well as Japan's exaggeration
of the issue. Because China is not operating in a
disputed area but rather totally within Chinese
maritime territory, it was not necessary to inform
Japan of the project. Responding to whether this
incident could affect bilateral ties, Qin remarked
that while the matter stemmed from a technical
inaccuracy, reinterpreting or playing up the issue
could create further problems.

UN Sanctions on Sudan


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7. Asked by the Spanish News Agency correspondent
about the recent decision by China and Russia to block
UN sanctions on individuals involved in atrocities in
Darfur, Qin maintained that China wishes to resolve
the issue by promoting negotiations. Beijing hopes
the parties will strive to reach a comprehensive
settlement by the end of April.

SCO Membership


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8. Asked about by the Reuters and AP correspondents
about reported plans for the Shanghai Cooperation
Organization (SCO) to grant SCO observer countries,
including Iran, membership during the June SCO Summit
in Shanghai, Qin stated that the SCO maintains an open
attitude toward expanding its membership but is
presently focused on internal development and
strengthening cooperation among its current members.
While further discussion on accepting new members is
necessary, all SCO members are now concentrating on
ways to enhance the role of SCO observers. Qin said
that he has received no information about certain
observer countries (i.e. Iran) expressing interest in
full membership, adding that the SCO has not
established any legal procedures for absorbing new
members. SCO countries will take many things into
consideration in deciding which countries to invite to
the Shanghai Summit.

Upcoming Visits


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9. Qin announced that Finnish Prime Minister Vanhanen
will visit China April 25-28. Vice President of
Sierra Leone Berewa will visit China April 23-27.
SEDNEY