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Cablegate: November 13 Mfa Press Briefing: Press Freedom,

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SUBJECT: NOVEMBER 13 MFA PRESS BRIEFING: PRESS FREEDOM,
BURMA, IRAN, EAST CHINA SEA


1. Key points at the November 13 MFA Press Briefing:

-- Reports that China is building a database with information
on foreign journalists are "completely false." No such
database is being constructed.

-- The recent visit of UN Special Envoy Gambari to Burma
resulted in progress. China will continue to play a
supportive, constructive role in the region.

-- Unilateral sanctions on Iran will "do no good." China has
urged Iran to respond to the concerns of the international
community and hopes the situation can be resolved by dialogue
and consultation.

-- China has an "open attitude" towards constructive plans
and proposals regarding the East China Sea, and hopes China
and Japan can reach agreement during consultations in Tokyo
November 14.

-- China "agrees with the purpose" of the 1997 Ottawa
Convention to Ban Landmines, although it did not sign it.

-- VISITS: Vice Premier Hui Liangyu will visit Algeria,
Cyprus and Spain November 18-29, and will attend the fourth
meeting of the ChinaSpain Forum. The International Food
Safet Forum, co-hosted by the ministry of Health, th World
Health Organization and the Administration of Quality
Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, will meet November
26-27 at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse to discuss food safety.
Senior officials from more than 40 countries and dozens of
international organizations will attend.

No Database of Foreign Reporters
--------------------------------

2. The reports that China is building a database of
information on foreign journalists in advance of the Olympics
are "completely false," and no such database is being
constructed, said MFA Spokesman Liu Jianchao at the November
8 regular MFA press briefing. The Beijing Organizing
Committee of the Olympic Games and the International Olympic
Committee are working together on this issue and are in
agreement, and China is ready to welcome thousands of
registered journalists in advance of the Olympics.
Unregistered reporters will also be welcomed once they
complete the necessary formalities.

China's Position on Burma
-------------------------

3. Accusations that China has been "making remarks" about
Burma while taking no action are "groundless." Burma is an
ASEAN member, and a stable, developed, prosperous Burma is in
the best interest of China and all of Asia. The problems in
Burma are internal in nature. The problems are complex, and
as such it should not be assumed that one or two visits will
solve the issue. Progress was made during UN Special Envoy
Gambari's recent visit, and China will continue to play a
supportive, constructive role in the region.

Sanctions on Iran Will Do No Good
---------------------------------

4. China has been in close consultations with the United
States on Iran. China upholds the principles of
nonproliferation and has urged Iran to respond to the
concerns of the international community.. The situation will
best be resolved through dialogue and consultation.
Sanctions, especially unilateral sanctions, will "do no good"
to resolve the situation.

East China Sea Consultations
----------------------------

5. China and Japan will hold the eleventh round of
consultations on the East China Sea in Tokyo November 14.
MFA Director General for Asian Affairs Hu Zhengyue will
represent China and meet with Japanese Asian and Oceanian
Affairs Bureau Director General Kenichiro Sasae. China has an
"open attitude" towards constructive plans and proposals and
hopes the two sides can reach agreement.

Landmines
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6. China "agrees with the purpose" of the Ottawa Convention
to Ban Landmines. While China did not sign the treaty, they
have kept cooperation and communication with signature
countries. China is a signatory to the Amended Landmine
Protocol of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons,
and is willing to strengthen cooperation with all parties.

Soft Power
----------

7. Asked about China's growing "soft power," the spokesman
responded that China depends on communication and deals with
issues in a "fair and objective manner." During the 17th
Party Congress, President Hu Jintao made it clear that China
will continue to peacefully develop. China is ready to
coordinate with other countries on this matter, as well as on
the issue of mutual environmental protection.

Taiwan in the UN
----------------

8. Asked about a proposed bill in the U.S. Congress to allow
Taiwan into the UN, the spokesman responded that there is
only one China in the world, and Taiwan is a part of it. The
Government of the PRC is the only legitimate government
representing the whole of China.

Yang's Visit to Iran
--------------------

9. FM Yang Jiechi's visit to Iran to discuss regional and
international issues has just started. No meetings have taken
place at this time, but more information will be provided
following the meetings.

Six Party Talks Update
----------------------

10. Asked for an update on the Six Party Talks, the spokesman
responded that all parties are working to ensure
denuclearization.

Ecuadorian President Correa's Visit
-----------------------------------

11. Asked for specifics regarding the visit of Ecuadorian
President Rafael Correa, the spokesman responded that he will
meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Chairman of the PRC
Standing Committee Wu Bangguo to discuss bilateral issues and
issues of regional and international interest. Correa will
also visit Xi'an and Shanghai.

Upcoming Visits
---------------

12. VISITS: Vice Premier Hui Liangyu will visit Algeria,
Cyprus and Spain November 18-29, and will attend the fourth
meeting of the China-Spain Forum. The International Food
Safety Forum, co-hosted by the ministry of Health, the World
Health Organization and the Administration of Quality
Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, will meet November
26-27 at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse to discuss food safety.
Senior officials from more than 40 countries and dozens of
international organizations will attend.
PICCUTA

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