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Cablegate: September 25 Mfa Press Briefing: Burma

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SUBJECT: SEPTEMBER 25 MFA PRESS BRIEFING: BURMA
DEMONSTRATIONS, NEW JAPAN PM, SIX-PARTY TALKS, MERKEL-DALAI
LAMA MEETING, LIMATE CHANGE, RUSSIA


1. Key points at the September 25 MFA Press Briefing were:

-- Stabiity in Burma serves the interests of Burma and the
international community; China sticks toa policy of
non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.

-- No information on upcoming high-level visits between Japan
and China in the near future.

-- Chinese heavy fuel assistance to the DPRK is under "active
preparation and implementation."

-- German Chancellor Merkel's meeting with the Dalai Lama was
a "gross interference" in China's internal affairs.

-- NDRC Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua will attend a meeting on
climate change hosted by President Bush this week.


Stability Serves Burma and International Community
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2. At the September 25 regular MFA press briefing,
spokeswoman Jiang Yu said stability in Burma serves the
interests of Burma and the international community and that
China sticks to a policy of non-interference in the internal
affairs of other countries, in response to several questions
on China's reaction to demonstrations in Burma. China hopes
and believes Burma's Government and people can handle the
current situation and achieve stability and economic
development.

New Japanese PM, China Hopes for Continued Cooperation
--------------------------------------------- ---------

3. Jiang expressed China's congratulations to new Japanese PM
Fukuda, adding that China will adhere to friendly policies
between China and Japan on the basis of the three joint
political documents and work together to promote cooperation
and develop the relationship on a sound and stable track.
Asked about the status of high-level Government visits
between China and Japan in the near future, Jiang replied
that the two sides reached a consensus on this issue last
year and China is willing to work together with Japan to
implement that consensus earnestly.

DPRK VFM Kim Kye-gwan in Beijing
--------------------------------

4. Asked if DPRK VFM Kim Kye-gwan had met with VFM Wu Dawei
since arriving in Beijing, Jiang said she had not received
such information. Chinese heavy fuel assistance to the DPRK
is under "active preparation and implementation," Jiang said,
when asked the status of the heavy fuel shipments.

Germany's "Gross Interference" Undermines Relationship
--------------------------------------------- ---------

5. Chancellor Merkel, "disregarding China's solemn
representation" on the matter, "insisted" on meeting the
Dalai Lama, who has long engaged in activities aimed at
splitting the Motherland, said Jiang when asked why China had
recently canceled a breakfast meeting between the Chinese and
German foreign ministers and also a bilateral rule of law
dialogue. Jiang continued, the meeting was a "gross
interference" in China's internal affairs, hurt the feelings
of the Chinese people and undermined Chinese-German
relations. She noted her understanding that the two sides'
foreign ministers still have plans to meet, at which time FM
Yang will expound upon China's "solemn position on the Dalai
Lama issue."

NDRC Vice Chairman to Attend Climate Change Meeting
--------------------------------------------- ------

6. NDRC Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua will attend a meeting to be
held by President Bush on climate change this week, said
Jiang, noting that FM Yang attended the UN high-level meeting
on climate change in New York. Jiang stated China will
promote international negotiations in line with the UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto
Protocol and expressed hope that the international community
will continue to promote the UNFCCC as the main framework for
climate change and other agreements will promote pragmatic
cooperation and serve as helpful supplements for the UNFCCC
and Kyoto Protocol. China will continue to follow the
Protocol and Convention as well as the principle of common

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but differentiated responsibilities.

Continued Cooperation with Russia
---------------------------------

7. China has taken note of the new Government appointed by
President Putin in Russia, Jiang told reporters. She said
China stands ready to press ahead with mutually beneficial
cooperation in various fields between the two nations.
Randt

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