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Cablegate: September 20 Mfa Press Briefing: Six-Party Talks,

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SUBJECT: SEPTEMBER 20 MFA PRESS BRIEFING: SIX-PARTY TALKS,
DPRK VFM KIM VISIT, BEIRUT BOMBING, HAMAS SANCTIONS, DALAI
LAMA, CLIMATE CHANGE, ZIMBABWE, TAIWAN

1. Key points at the September 20 MFA Press Briefing were:

-- No new date has been set for the Six-Party Talks and
Chinese heavy fuel assistance to the DPRK is under "active
preparation and implementation."

-- DPRK VFM Kim Yong-il met with VFM Wu Dawei in Beijing on
September 18 and is currently visiting cities "outside
Beijing."

-- China condemns the September 19 bombing in Beirut.

-- China is "concerned" over Israeli designation of Hamas as
a "Hostile Entity" and subsequent sanctions.

-- China is against the Dalai Lama's "splittist" activities
and opposes any country's use of the Dalai Lama issue to
interfere in China's internal affairs.

-- VISITS: Prime Minister Jim Marurai of the Cook Islands
will pay an official visit September 24-30.

No Date Set for 6PT, Heavy Fuel Assistance Underway
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2. At the September 20 regular MFA press briefing,
spokeswoman Jiang Yu told reporters she has not yet received
a specific date for the Six-Party Talks, when asked about ROK
media reports that the talks would resume September 27.
Chinese heavy fuel assistance to the DPRK is under "active
preparation and implementation," Jiang said.

DPRK VFM Kim Yong-il in China
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3. Jiang confirmed that VFM Wu Dawei met with DPRK VFM Kim
Yong-il on September 18 to exchange views on the bilateral
relationship. VFM Kim told VFM Wu that the North Korean
Workers' Party and Government attach great importance to the
China-DPRK relationship, said Jiang. VFM Kim is currently
visiting cities "outside Beijing."

Condemnation of Beirut Bombing
------------------------------

4. China "condemns" the September 19 bombing in Beirut, said
the spokeswoman. Jiang expressed "sincere hope" that parties
in Lebanon can realize conciliation through consultation and
dialogue in the interest of stability and development.

"Concern" Over Hamas's "Hostile Entity" Designation
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5. China is "concerned" over Israeli designation of Hamas as
a "Hostile Entity" and the subsequent sanctions on the Gaza
Strip, stated Jiang, adding that such sanctions will lead to
further tensions and will affect the humanitarian situation.

Dalai Lama Represents a "Splittist Force"
-----------------------------------------

6. China has expressed its solemn position to Germany, said
Jiang in response to a question on why China opposes the
Dalai Lama's visit to Germany and what effect the visit will
have on Sino-German relations. She remarked that countries
are fully aware "what kind of person" the Dalai Lama is from
his activities. The Dalai Lama is not a "purely religious
figure," but a "political exile" engaged in activities aimed
at "splitting the Motherland under the name of religion," she
continued. Jiang said that the Dalai Lama's activities are
not just those of an individual, but rather he represents a
"splittist force." China is against his "splittist"
activities in any country and opposes any country's use of
the Dalai Lama issue to interfere in China's internal
affairs.

Climate Change
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7. International cooperation on climate change should
proceed under the "main framework" and principles defined in
the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and
Kyoto Protocol recognized and accepted by the international

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community, stated Jiang. China holds that countries should
follow the principle of common but differentiated
responsibility. Developed countries should take the lead in
reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and developing
nations should also make efforts "within the line of
sustainable development," said Jiang, adding that China will
continue its efforts to reduce GHG emissions and increase its
capacity to meet the challenge of climate change.

Zimbabwe Should Decide Own Situation
------------------------------------

8. China's relationship with Zimbabwe is founded on the
basis of the five principles of peaceful coexistence, and the
situation in Zimbabwe should be decided by the Zimbabwean
people and Government, stated Jiang when asked to clarify
Special Envoy Liu Guijin and the Chinese Ambassador to
Zimbabwe's conflicting comments on what aid China is giving
to Zimbabwe. Jiang said that countries should make
constructive efforts to Zimbabwe's development.

No Comment on Taiwan Issues
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9. The spokeswoman said questions on a Taiwan letter to the
Beijing Olympic Committee regarding the Olympic torch route
and the refusal of Taiwan Vice Premier Chiou I-jen to attend
the Fourth Women's Soccer Forum in Shanghai were outside her
realm of responsibility and should be referred to the
relevant organs.

Cook Islands PM Visit September 24-30
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10. Prime Minister Jim Marurai of the Cook Islands will pay
an official visit September 24-30 at the invitation of PM Wen
Jiabao, Jiang announced.
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