Search

 

Cablegate: November 19 Mfa Press Briefing: Opposition to Jewish

VZCZCXRO2527
OO RUEHCN RUEHGH RUEHVC
DE RUEHBJ #3138/01 3231153
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 191153Z NOV 09
FM AMEMBASSY BEIJING
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6881
RUEHOO/CHINA POSTS COLLECTIVE
RUEHTV/AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV 2146
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 0099
RUEHHI/AMEMBASSY HANOI 0027
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 4974
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL 0688

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 BEIJING 003138

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM PHSA CH IS KN AF IN VM JA

SUBJECT: NOVEMBER 19 MFA PRESS BRIEFING: OPPOSITION TO JEWISH
SETTLEMENTS, U.S. ENVOY VISIT TO NORTH KOREA, STRENGTHENING
SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

1. Key points at the November 19 MFA press briefing:

-- China opposes Israel's plans to build new Jewish
settlements in East Jerusalem, viewing the move as likely to
undermine trust and security in the region.

-- The decision not to accept journalist questions following
the meeting between President Obama and President Hu was
reached by both countries.

-- China supports the upcoming planned visit to North Korea of
U.S. Special Envoy on North Korea Policy Stephen Bosworth and
hopes that bilateral dialogue between the United States and
North Korea will lead to the resumption of the Six Party Talks
and to peace on the Korean peninsula.

-- The Chinese Foreign Minister is on an official visit in
Japan, and China believes that regular high-level visits
between the two countries will advance the strategic Sino-
Japanese relationship and enhance dialogue and coordination.

Israeli Plans to Build New Jewish Settlements
--------------------------------------------- ---

2. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang noted at the
November 19 regularly scheduled press briefing that China is
concerned by Israel's recent approval of plans to build new
Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem, adding that China
opposes the plan and any other action that undermines trust
and security in the region.

No Questions Taken at Obama-Hu Press Conference
--------------------------------------------- --

3. When asked why China was the only country in President
Obama's trip to East Asia not to accept journalist questions
following the meeting between the two countries' leaders, Qin
explained that decisions regarding this and other aspects of
the visit were reached by both countries. Qin added that the
presence of such a large number of journalists at the event
was evidence that valuable information had been relayed even
in the absence of opening the floor to questions.

Hijacked Chinese Vessel
-----------------------

4. Regarding the Chinese-flagged vessel De Xin Hai, Qin noted
that the Chinese government is making an "all-out effort" to
rescue the ship with full consideration for the safety of the
sailors. Qin added that in the interests of the sailors and
the Chinese effort to rescue them, he could provide no further
details on the situation.

Sino-Japanese Relations
-----------------------

5. Qin confirmed that the Chinese Foreign Minister is on an
official visit in Japan, though he would not confirm whether
one purpose of this trip is to pave the way for a visit by
President Hu Jintao. Qin added that regular high-level visits
between the two countries are designed to advance the
strategic Sino-Japanese relationship and enhance dialogue and
coordination and that, as neighbors, China hopes to
continually strengthen bilateral relations with Japan.

Land Border Issues
------------------

6. When asked about China's recent agreement with Vietnam on
the two countries' land border -- and about China's ongoing
disagreement with India over their shared border -- Qin noted
that China's position is to resolve border disputes peacefully,
being sure to analyze the effect on international relations.
Qin noted that discussions with India on this topic are in
progress as both sides look for an acceptable resolution.

Talking about the Six Party Talks
---------------------------------

7. Qin noted that China supports the upcoming planned visit
to North Korea of U.S. Special Envoy for North Korea Policy
Stephen Bosworth, and that China hopes bilateral dialogue
between the United States and North Korea will lead to the
resumption of the Six Party Talks and to peace on the Korean

BEIJING 00003138 002 OF 002


peninsula.


Alleged Corruption in Afghanistan
---------------------------------

8. Qin said he has no details regarding allegations that
China Metallurgical Group had provided a USD 30 million bribe
to Afghan Minister of Mines Mohammed Ibrahim Adel in late 2007
in order to win a large copper mining contract in Logar
province. Qin added that China supports the Afghan
government and efforts to improve the country's economic
infrastructure, and that China wishes to congratulate Afghan
President Hamid Karzai on his recent re-election.

HUNTSMAN

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

UN: Decades Of Health Gains At Risk In Brazil Due To COVID-19

Although COVID-19 cases are declining in Brazil, the pandemic is putting decades of public health gains there at risk, the head of the World Health Organization ( WHO ) said on Friday. With global attention and support focused this week ... More>>

UN Report: Myanmar Approaching Point Of Economic Collapse

The turmoil following the military coup in Myanmar, coupled with the impact of COVID-19 could result in up to 25 million people – nearly half of the country’s population, living in poverty by early next year, a United Nations report said on Friday. That ... More>>

World Vision: India’s Second Wave Shows The Global Fight Against COVID-19 Is Far From Won

As India’s COVID-19 daily infection rates reach devastating levels, international aid agency World Vision has warned that the world is nowhere near defeating this virus and some nations are yet to face their worst days. Andrew Morley, World Vision ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

Study: Cut Methane Emissions To Avert Global Temperature Rise

6 May 2021 Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a UN-backed ... More>>

UN: Learning From COVID-19, Forum To Highlight Critical Role Of Science, Technology And Innovation In Global Challenges

New York, 4 May —To build on the bold innovations in science, technology and innovations that produced life-saving solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN will bring together experts to highlight measures that can broaden the development and deployment ... More>>

What COVID-19 Has Taught Us: “Healthcare Can No Longer Exist Without Technology”

A grandmother in a village in the Gambia should have the same quality of life and access to healthcare they deserve as in New York or London. Photo: InnovaRx Global Health Start-up Works To Bridge Healthcare Gap In The Gambia By: Pavithra Rao As ... More>>