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Cablegate: October 21 Mfa Press Briefing: Terrorist List, Nuclear

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SUBJECT: October 21 MFA PRESS BRIEFING: TERRORIST LIST, NUCLEAR
COOPERATION WITH PAKISTAN, GUANTANAMO UIGHURS, FINANCIAL CRISIS,
PAKISTAN-INDIA RELATIONS, PRODUCT SAFETY

1. Key points at the October 21 afternoon MFA press briefing were:


-- China hopes that "relevant countries will work with China to
bring eight terrorists to justice."

-- China's cooperation with Pakistan on civilian nuclear energy is
"subject to International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA)
supervision" and is for peaceful purposes consistent with the two
countries' international obligations.

-- The United States should "not adopt double standards" and should
repatriate 17 Uighurs to China.

-- The international community should "strengthen cooperation and
jointly handle the financial crisis" but interests of developing
countries should also be safeguarded.

-- China hopes that Pakistan and India will "work hard and
strengthen cooperation to improve relations."

-- China attaches great importance to protecting product quality
"especially for items used by children."

-- The ASEM is the "perfect platform" for leaders to exchange views
on issues of common interest.

-- China is "conducting rescue work" aimed at freeing the Chinese
citizens kidnapped in Sudan.

Terrorist List
--------------

2. The list of eight terrorists released today by the Ministry of
Public Security demonstrates China's willingness to work with the
international community to combat terrorism, said MFA spokesperson
Qin Gang at the October 21 regular MFA press briefing. China "calls
for international cooperation" to combat terrorism said Qin, noting
that the eight terrorists are still at large. "Every criminal will
be brought to justice" said Qin. China hopes that "relevant
countries will have a commitment to anti-terrorism and be willing to
work with China to bring the terrorists to justice." Qin noted that
all countries "have reached a consensus" on the issue of terrorism
and have agreed to combat "terrorism, extremism and separatism."
Combating these three forces is "conducive to regional peace and
stability." The MFA will post on its website a list of those
countries which need to strengthen their security for the benefit of
Chinese citizens working and living overseas.

Pakistan Nuclear Deal
---------------------

3. China and Pakistan have "good cooperation in the field of civil
nuclear energy," said Qin in response to a question about recently
announced agreements between the two countries. China would like to
"continue the cooperation on the basis of equality and mutual
benefit." The cooperation is "subject to International Atomic
Energy Association (IAEA) supervision" and is for "peaceful
purposes" which are "consistent with the two countries'
international obligations."


Release of Uighurs
------------------

4. Qin referred reporters to U.S. Government court documents in
response to a question regarding 17 Uighurs held at Guantanamo Bay.
Qin said that the U.S. Government has said that the Uighurs "could
be potentially dangerous if released in the United States." The
United States "should not adopt double standards" said Qin. Qin
added that China "has consistently required the United States to
repatriate the terrorists to China to be brought to justice."

Financial Crisis
----------------

5. The international community should "strengthen cooperation and
jointly handle the financial crisis" said Qin. Recently many world
leaders have made important remarks on the financial crisis which
"deserve China's attention." China hopes the measures will help the
"stability of international financial markets," but the "interests
and concerns of developing countries should be fully respected and
safeguarded" as well.

Kashmir
-------

6. Qin said that he was "happy to hear" that India and Pakistan have
resumed trade across the Kashmir border. China hopes that the two

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countries will "work hard and strengthen cooperation to improve
relations." The improvement of relations will be "good for the two
countries as well as stability in the South Asia region." China is
a friend and neighbor of both countries, said Qin.

Defective Cribs
---------------

7. Qin had not heard of reports that defective cribs manufactured in
China are being recalled in the United States. China attaches great
importance to protecting product quality "especially for items used
by children." If a problem occurs, China hopes foreign countries and
companies will bring it to the atention of the Chinese government.
Qin said that he was "upset" to learn of the problem cribs.

Asia Europe Meeting
-------------------

8. Leaders from 45 countries plan to meet at the upcoming Asia
Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Beijing, but Qin was unsure of how many
heads of state would attend. The ASEM is the "perfect platform" for
leaders to exchange views on issues of common interest, said Qin.

Sudan Kidnappings of Chinese Citizens
-------------------------------------

9. China is "conducting rescue work" aimed at freeing the Chinese
citizens kidnapped in Sudan, said Qin. China is committed to
working with the international community to promote peace and
reconciliation in Sudan and Darfur. China also hopes that the
dual-track strategy will be maintained. China's trade with Sudan is
based on "mutual benefit" and is "supported by the majority of the
Sudanese people."

Visits
------

10. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao will visit Russia and Kazakhstan from
October 21-31. Wen will visit Kazakhstan to attend the 7th Shanghai
Cooperation Organization Prime Ministerial meeting during. Vice
Premier Wang Qishan will visit Russia from October 25-28 to discuss
energy issues. State Councilor Liu Yandong will visit Russia from
October 25-30.

RANDT

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