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Cablegate: January 8 Mfa Press Briefing: India Pm Visit, a/S Hill

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SUBJECT: January 8 MFA Press Briefing: India PM visit, A/S Hill
Travel, Tibet, Human Rights, China-Singapore Relations


1. Key points at the January 8 MFA Press Briefing:

-- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet with President Hu
Jintao, NPC Chairman Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao during his
January 14-15 visit to China.

-- EAP Assistant Secretary Christopher Hill will meet with VFM Wu
Dawei during his January 10-11 trip to Beijing. All parties are
continuing "positive communication and coordination" on the issue of
Pyongyang's declaration of its nuclear programs.

-- Tibet is an "internal affair" of China. The Dalai Lama always
engages in "separatist activities" under the name of religion.

-- The MFA Spokesperson "had not heard" of any plan to dispatch
Chinese troops to the DPRK in the event of instability, as reported
by an American think tank.

-- Human Rights: Concerning the arrest of activist Hu Jia, "China
abides by the rule of law." Some organizations "use the Olympics"
to "play up" human rights issues "in violation" of the principles of
the Games.

-- Security cooperation between China and Singapore has "developed
rapidly."

Indian PM Visit
---------------

2. At the January 8 regular MFA press briefing, MFA Spokesperson
Jiang Yu confirmed that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will
meet with President Hu Jintao, National People's Congress (NPC)
Chairman Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao during his January 14-15
visit to China. China attaches great significance to its "strategic
partnership" with India, Jiang added. Commenting on bilateral
issues between the two countries, Jiang said positive progress has
been made on territorial issues and both Beijing and New Delhi are
"willing to work together to reach a fair resolution." Regarding
the Dalai Lama, Jiang merely said that China hopes the Indian
government will "honor its commitments."

Tibet: An Internal Chinese Affair
---------------------------------

3. In response to a separate question about Tibetans reportedly
being forced to sign a petition opposing the Dalai Lama's return,
Jiang replied that Tibet is an "internal affair of China." Jiang
also accused the Dalai Lama of "always engaging in separatist
activities under the name of religion."

A/S Hill Trip to Beijing
------------------------

4. Jiang confirmed that EAP Assistant Secretary Christopher Hill
will meet with VFM Wu Dawei during his January 10-11 trip to
Beijing. When asked about the DPRK's commitment to make a full
declaration of its nuclear programs, Jiang said that all parties are
"continuing positive communication and coordination."

Unaware of Any Plan to Dispatch Troops to DPRK
--------------------------------------------- -

5. In response to a recent U.S. think tank report claiming that
China plans to dispatch troops to North Korea to secure nuclear
weapons in the event of instability, Jiang said she had "not heard"
of any such plan.

Hu Jia Arrest, Human Rights, Olympics
-------------------------------------

6. When asked to comment on the recent arrest of activist Hu Jia,
Jiang replied that China "abides by the rule of law" and "protects
the freedom" of its citizens. Turning to the broader issue of human
rights and the Olympic Games, Jiang accused some organizations of
"using the Olympics" to "play up" human rights issues "in violation"
of the principles of the Games.

China-Singapore Relations
-------------------------

7. A reporter commented that a recent security agreement between
China and Singapore has extended China's "reach" into the South
China Sea. In reply, Jiang said that in recent years, security
cooperation has "developed rapidly" between the two countries.
Regardng Singapore Air's bid to buy a stake in China Eastern
Airlines, Jiang declined to comment beyond saying that the matter is
one of "business cooperation."

Visits
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8. Addressing a number of upcoming visits, Jiang said VFM Wang Yi

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will visit South Korea in mid-January as a "special envoy." Vice
Premier Zeng Peiyan will attend the 2008 World Economic Forum in
Davos later this month. Responding to a ROK media report that
former leader of the ROK Grand National Party Park Geun Hye will
visit China to meet with President Hu Jintao, Jiang simply said
there is "no specific schedule" for the visit.

RANDT

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