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Cablegate: December 13 Mfa Press Briefing: Six-Party Talks,

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SUBJECT: DECEMBER 13 MFA PRESS BRIEFING: SIX-PARTY TALKS,
CHINESE CITIZENS IN SUDAN, DALAI LAMA IN ITALY, NANJING
MASSACRE, GREECE-MACEDONIA TALKS, MORE

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1. Key points at the regular December 13 MFA press briefing:

-- VFM Wu Dawei and ROK Ambassador Chun Yung-woo met this
morning to discuss the Six-Party Talks and the "next stage of
work."

-- China hopes the Sudan Government can take measures to
ensure the safety of Chinese citizens in Sudan.

-- China opposes any country which in any form "supports or
sympathizes" with the Dalai Lama's activities aimed at
splitting the motherland.

-- Visits: Special Envoy to the Middle East Sun Bigan will
attend a December 17 international donors' conference in
Paris before visiting Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Syria,
President Mori of Micronesia will visit China December 16-22
and Senegal State Minister of Foreign Affairs Gadio will
visit December 18-22.

Six-Party Talks, Wu-Chun Meeting
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2. At the December 13 regular MFA press briefing, spokesman
Qin Gang confirmed that VFM Wu Dawei and ROK Ambassador Chun
Yung-woo met this morning to discuss the Six-Party Talks and
the "next stage of work." Asked about the meeting on
economic and energy aid to the DPRK, Qin referred reporters
to the ROK side, as the ROK chaired the meeting. Qin warned
that the Six-Party Talks process will encounter difficulties
along the way, but expressed optimism on the positive efforts
of all parties and continuous progress made. Asked about VFM
Wu Dawei's upcoming trip to the DPRK, the spokesman replied
that the details were still under discussion.

Sudan Government Must Ensure Chinese Citizens' Safety
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3. China hopes the Sudan Government can take measures to
ensure the safety of Chinese citizens in Sudan, said Qin in
response to a question regarding a recent attack on a
Chinese-run oil field by Sudanese rebels. Chinese companies
play an active role in improving the lives of the Sudanese,
Qin stated. Therefore, he added, threats to the safety and
welfare of Chinese people in Sudan are unacceptable. Qin
noted that the MFA released a statement yesterday on the
incident.

Dalai Lama Visits Italy
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4. China opposes any country which in any form "supports or
sympathizes" with the Dalai Lama's activities, said Qin when
asked about the Dalai Lama's current visit to Italy. The
Dalai Lama is not a purely religious figure, but rather a
political figure engaged in activities aimed at "splitting
the motherland."

70th Anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre
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5. China commemorates today, the seventieth anniversary of
the "Nanjing Massacre," for the benefit of history, said the
spokesman when a reporter raised the topic. Qin promoted
"taking history as a mirror for the benefit of the future" as
China-Japan relations continue to develop on a positive
track, so that the two countries can enjoy "friendship from
generation to generation."

Greece-Macedonia Talks
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6. China hopes Greece and Macedonia can handle their name
dispute through consultations in a way that is conducive to
long-term peace in the Balkan region, said Qin in response to
a Xinhua Agency reporter's question. China accepts any
agreement reached by Greece and Macedonia.

Chinese Students Brawl in Canada?

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7. The spokesman has not heard reports of fighting between
Chinese and Canadian students in Canada referred to by a
Phoenix TV reporter. Qin stated that China always requires
Chinese abroad to abide by local laws and customs and
likewise requires other countries to guarantee the lawful
rights and interests of Chinese citizens.

Visits: Middle East Envoy, Micronesia, Senegal
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8. Special Envoy to the Middle East Sun Bigan will attend a
December 17 international donors' conference in Paris aimed
at raising funds to support the Palestinian Authority, before
visiting Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Syria. President
Mori of Micronesia will visit China December 16-22 as will
Senegal State Minister of Foreign Affairs Gadio December
18-22.
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