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Cablegate: Xinjiang Stability, Israel Settlements, Pakistan, India

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SUBJECT: XINJIANG STABILITY, ISRAEL SETTLEMENTS, PAKISTAN, INDIA
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1. Key points at the September 8 MFA press briefing:

-- The Chinese Government was capable of dealing with the situation
in Xinjiang and would handle the issue according to law.

-- China hoped that Israel would "be prudent and take measures to
facilitate the early resumption of talks" with Palestine.

-- Asked about reports that China's ambassador to Pakistan had
thanked Pakistan for its role in moderating the Organization of the
Islamic Congress' response to unrest in Xinjiang, Jiang said that
Pakistan and China were "friendly neighbors with an all-weather
friendship."

-- Indian media reports of Chinese incursions onto Indian territory
were "groundless and untrue."

-- China hoped relevant parties would promote denuclearization,
peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Xinjiang Unrest
---------------

2. The Chinese Government was capable of dealing with the situation
in Xinjiang and would handle the issue according to law, said MFA
Spokesperson Jiang Yu at the regularly scheduled September 8 press
conference. China would safeguard social stability and protect the
public interest in the region. Asked about reports that Hong Kong
journalists had been beaten and detained while reporting in Urumqi,
Jiang stated that police had taken some "necessary and temporary
measures." Jiang said that reporters should "understand and comply"
with such measures and noted that "conflicts could be resolved
through communication." China's policy of protecting foreign
journalists in China remained unchanged, she declared.

Israel Settlements
------------------

3. China had taken note of reports of planned expansions of Jewish
settlements on the West Bank, said Jiang. The international
community was dedicated to the resumption of talks between Israel
and Palestine and expanded settlements would not help this goal.
China hoped that Israel would "be prudent and take measures to
facilitate the early resumption of talks."

Pakistan and Xinjiang
---------------------

4. Asked about reports that China's ambassador to Pakistan, Luo
Zhaohu, had thanked Pakistan for its role in moderating the
Organization of the Islamic Congress' response to unrest in
Xinjiang, Jiang said that Pakistan and China were "friendly
neighbors with an all-weather friendship." Pakistan was an
important Muslim country and China engaged with the Muslim world on
the basis of mutual trust and respect for core interests, said
Jiang. China was a "united multi-ethnic country" with an ethnic
policy aimed at common prosperity. The Chinese people knew best how
to address ethnic issues in China, said Jiang. China hoped that
Muslim countries would respect Chinese government efforts in this
area and China appreciated their understanding and support.

China-India Border Issues
-------------------------

5. China had "noted" recent Indian media reports of Chinese forces
crossing the border into India, said Jiang. These reports were
"groundless and untrue." Chinese border guards carried out their
duties according to law and would not enter another country. China
and India should make joint efforts to safeguard peace and stability
in the region, said the spokesperson.

North Korea
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6. China hoped relevant parties would proceed from the "overall
interest" and promote denuclearization, peace and stability on the
Korean Peninsula, said Jiang. China was ready to work with other
countries to restart dialogue "as soon as possible."

Iranian Nuclear Issue
---------------------

7. All parties at the recently concluded Political Directors General
meeting on the Iranian nuclear issue agreed to increase efforts to
reach a diplomatic settlement of the issue, said Jiang. Relevant

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parties should make positive efforts to realize the resumption of
talks. Sanctions would not help diplomatic efforts aimed at the
resumption of talks, said Jiang.

Arms Shipment from UAE
----------------------

8. Media stories from India on September 8 reported that Indian
authorities had detained a UAE Air Force C-130 carrying small arms
destined for China. The spokesman was "unaware of the specific
reports" regarding the incident and referred reporters to "relevant
companies."

Taiwan UN Membership
--------------------

9. China's position on the issue of Taiwan admission to the United
Nations was "clear and consistent." UN membership was exclusive to
sovereign nations and most members upheld UN General Assembly
Resolution 2758, said Jiang. China's One China policy was
unchanged.

China, Japan, South Korea Talks
-------------------------------

10. China, Japan and South Korea were having working-level
consultations regarding the date and modalities for an upcoming
meeting between the three countries' senior leaders. 2009 marked
the tenth anniversary of the three nations' cooperation and
coordination. China would coordinate and host the meeting and hoped
to strengthen cooperation with Japan and South Korea.

Climate Change
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11. The international community should adhere to the principle of
common but differentiated responsibilities and take into account
individual countries' history, development and competence in
addressing climate change, said Jiang. China hoped developed
countries would make commitments to large emissions reductions and
honor their commitments to provide developing countries with
important technology. Developing countries should also take
measures to mitigate their emissions.

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