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Cablegate: September 29 Mfa Press Briefing: Iran, North Korea, Burma,

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SUBJECT: SEPTEMBER 29 MFA PRESS BRIEFING: IRAN, NORTH KOREA, BURMA,
TIBET, SCO

1. Key points at the September 29 MFA press briefing:

-- China supported the maintenance of the nuclear nonproliferation
program and resolving the Iran issue through negotiation.

-- During his visit to North Korea, Premier Wen Jiabao would
exchange ideas on bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest,
attend celebrations commemorating the 60th anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic relations and the year of friendship
between China and the DPRK, review and "map out" the future of the
China-North Korea relationship and sign agreements in economic
cooperation, trade and tourism.

-- China supported the solution of the North Korean nuclear issue
through dialogue and consultation, and the Six-Party Talks were a
"practical and effective mechanism in this regard."

-- Reports that Burma had begun expelling Chinese citizens from its
territory were "not in line with the facts."

P5+1 and Iran
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2. China hoped that the upcoming P5+1 meeting in Geneva would
achieve positive results. China supported the maintenance of the
nuclear nonproliferation system and resolving the Iran issue through
negotiation, said Jiang. China hoped that relevant countries would
"do the right thing" to maintain stability. It was in the interest
of all countries to properly handle the issue and China hoped that
relevant countries would make efforts to relax tensions rather than
to increase pressure. The Chinese delegation to Geneva would be led
by MFA Arms Control Department Director General Cheng Jingye.

Wen Jiabao to North Korea
-------------------------

3. During his visit to North Korea, Premier Wen Jiabao would
exchange ideas on bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest,
attend celebrations commemorating the 60th anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic relations and the year of friendship
between China and the DPRK, review and "map out" the future of the
China-North Korea relationship and sign agreements in economic
cooperation, trade and tourism, said Jiang. China provided
assistance to North Korea in order to improve the lives of the North
Korean people and develop the country's economy, noted the
spokesperson. The visit would reciprocate the visit of North Korean
Premier Kim Yong-Il to Beijing in March, said Jiang.

4. China hoped to make joint efforts with North Korea to push
forward bilateral relations and improve the situation on the
peninsula. Regional stability and denuclearization were in the
interests of all parties and China hoped that relevant countries
would make a positive contribution to these goals. China supported
the solution of relevant issues through dialogue and consultation
and the Six-Party Talks was a "practical and effective mechanism in
this regard," said Jiang.

Burma Stability
---------------

5. Reports that Burma had begun expelling Chinese citizens from its
territory were "not in line with the facts," said the spokesperson.
China's border with Burma was stable and people-to-people exchanges
were proceeding normally. China had asked Burma to protect the
legitimate rights of Chinese citizens residing in Burma, said
Jiang.

Tibet Closure?
--------------

6. Reports that Tibet would close to foreigners during the National
Day holiday were not true, said Jiang. There would be no
restrictions on tourism to the region and numbers of travelers were
expected to top 2007 levels. Some travel agencies might adjust the
schedules of tours due to the large number of visitors, said Jiang.


SCO Meeting
-----------

7. China would host a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation
Organization (SCO) in Beijing on October 14, said Jiang. Leaders
from member and observer countries would attend discussions on the
Yekaterinburg agreement, responses to the financial crisis and
deepening regional economic and humanitarian cooperation. In
addition to leaders from member countries, Pakistan Prime Minister
Yousuf Raza Gilani, Iranian Vice President Reza Rahimi, Mongolian

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Foreign Minister Sukhbaataryn Batbold and Indian Minister of
Petroleum and Natural Gas Murli Deora would attend as observers.
Representatives from Afghanistan and Turkmenistan would attend as
"guests," said Jiang.

Steinberg Visit
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8. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg would exchange ideas
with Vice President Xi Jinping, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, State
Councilor Dai Bingguo, Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya, Vice
Foreign Minister He Yafei and leaders from the military during his
visit to Beijing.

National Day Security
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9. China would take "necessary and effective" security measures
during the upcoming national day celebrations. Such measures
reflected China's responsible attitude, said the spokesperson.

Visits
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10. Russian Premier Vladimir Putin would visit China October 12-14
to meet with Premier Wen Jiabao, attend celebrations of the 60th
anniversary of diplomatic relations and attend meetings of the SCO.
Russian Vice Premier Aleksandr Zhukov would visit China October
10-12. Kyrgyz Premier Igor Chudinov would visit China October
15-17.
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