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Cablegate: December 27 Mfa Press Briefing: Pm Fukuda Visit, East China

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SUBJECT: DECEMBER 27 MFA PRESS BRIEFING: PM FUKUDA VISIT, EAST CHINA
SEA, SIX-PARTY TALKS, CHINA-INDIA CT COOPERATION, CHINA'S DIPLOMACY
IN 2007

1. Key points at the December 27 MFA Press Briefing:

-- China extends a warm welcome to FM Fukuda, scheduled to arrive in
China December 27.

-- The spokesman said that the majority of DPRK nuclear disablement
will be completed by the end of the year and that China hopes all
sides will follow the principle of action-for-action and will take
comprehensive and balanced efforts in the second phase.

-- The East China Sea issue should be addressed in high level
consultations and the Chinese side hopes that the Japanese
Government will meet them "halfway."

-- China-India joint counterterrorism exercises are focusing on
combating "non-traditional security factors."

-- The spokesman, noting FM Yang's comments in the December 24
edition of the People's Daily (Renmin Ribao) reviewing China's
diplomatic work over the past year, said China's 2007 diplomacy has
played a constructive role and has promoted "world peace and
stability" and "China's national interests."

PM Fukuda's Visit
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2. At the December 27, 2007 regular MFA press briefing, spokesman
Qin Gang extended China's warm welcome to Japanese Prime Minister
Yasuo Fukuda who was to arrive in China later that afternoon. Qin
said that the Chinese side attaches great importance to the visit
and hopes to exchange views on bilateral relations and issues of
common interest to keep up the momentum of improving bilateral ties.


3. Qin also confirmed that the Chinese side plans to discuss the
Six-Party Talks and DPRK nuclear disablement with Fukuda. The talks
will be aimed at strengthening cooperation on the issue. Qin said
that the Chinese side hopes that the Six-Party process will help
lead to normalization of relations between "some countries." China
hopes that all parties will follow the principle of
action-for-action.

East hina Sea: Need for High Level Consultations
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4. The spokeman admitted that Japan and Cina have some differences
on the issue of theEast China Sea but said that the leaders of the
two countries hope to solve the issue at an early date. Qin said
that the two sides agreed that the issue should be addressed in high
level consultations and that the Chinese side hopes that the
Japanese Government will meet them "halfway." When asked about the
possibility of the two sides signing a document on the East China
Sea, Qin replied that it was too early to announce whether any
documents would be signed during the visit.

Six-Party Talks: Majority of Disablement by Year's End
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5. Qin said that the Six-Party talks are making constant progress
and that the Yongbyon nuclear facility has been shut down, when
asked about China's position on the Six-Party Talks and whether the
U.S. demands were too high. Qin said that the majority of
disablement will be completed by the end of the year and that China
hopes that all sides will follow the principle of action-for-action
and will take comprehensive and balanced efforts in the second
phase. Qin said that the Joint Statement was very clear that the
material should be both secured and stored in line with
international practice.

China-India Joint Counterterrorism Exercises
--------------------------------------------

6. China and India conducted joint counterterrorism exercises this
month for the purpose of building trust and security cooperation
"especially in terms of combating non-traditional security factors,"
Qin told reporters. The two countries are important neighbors in
Asia and China welcomes India's suggestions for improvement in the
hope of institutionalizing such activities, he added.

FM Yang in RMRB Describes China's Diplomacy in 2007
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7. Noting FM Yang's interview in the December 24 edition of the
People's Daily (Renmin Ribao), Qin stated China's diplomatic work
has played a constructive role in 2007 and has promoted "world peace
and stability" and "China's national interests," stated Qin.
RANDT

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