Cablegate: December 1, 2009 Mfa Press Briefing: Copenhagen
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SUBJECT: DECEMBER 1, 2009 MFA PRESS BRIEFING: COPENHAGEN
PREPARATION, CHINA-EU SUMMIT, IAEA RESOLUTION ON IRAN
1. Key points at the December 1 MFA press briefing were:
-- At the 12th China-EU Summit in Nanjing, President Hu met with EC
President Jose Manuel Barroso and other EU leaders and discussed
climate change, sustainable development, and joint responses to the
-- China believes the success of the UN Climate Change Conference in
Copenhagen would be based on adherence to the UN Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), the Kyoto Protocol, and the
-- China supports resolving the issue of Iran's expanding uranium
enrichment program through dialogue and negotiations.
-- China does not object to third countries developing civil and
economic ties with Taiwan as long as they develop official relations
that would adhere to the "one China principle."
12th China-EU Summit
2. At the December 1 regularly scheduled Foreign Ministry press
briefing, Spokesperson Qin Gang briefed on the 12th China-EU Summit
hosted by President Hu Jintao in Nanjing on November 30. President
Hu, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, and Swedish
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt who represented the EU presidency,
reported progress in China-EU relations. Qin noted that the summit
focused on "comprehensive strategic relations" between the PRC and
the EU, including climate change, Renminbi exchange issues,
sustainable development, and joint responses to the financial
crisis. Qin said the summit illustrated that the largest developing
country and the largest community of developed countries should
collaborate in addressing global challenges due to "transformational
changes" in the international landscape.
Climate Change and Copenhagen
3. Turning to climate change issues, Qin listed China's goals for
the success of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen:
adherence to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCC), Kyoto Protocol, and the Bali roadmap. Specifically,
the UNFCC principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities"
should be observed in order to reach consensus. Qin refuted reports
that the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs had organized a meeting
among developing countries in advance of the Copenhagen Conference.
Qin noted the dates of Premier Wen Jiabao's attendance of the
Copenhagen Conference were not confirmed.
4. Developed countries caused climate change problems and 80 percent
of carbon accumulation was caused by these developed countries, said
Qin. As a developing country, China was ready to work together with
developed countries to address climate change issues. Qin noted
that developed countries should establish a reduction plan including
financial support and technology transfers to developing countries
for sustainable development.
Sanctions on Iran "Not the Goal"
5. Commenting on Chinese support for the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) resolution critical of Iran's nuclear program, Qin
said China supported resolving the issue of Iran's uranium
enrichment program through dialogue and negotiations. He noted that
sanctions on Iran were "not the goal" and that all sides should
increase diplomatic efforts to resume talks.
Taiwan Representative Office in Japan
6. When asked about Taiwan's opening of a representative office in
Sapporo, Japan, Qin stated that the PRC did not object to third
countries developing civil and economic ties with Taiwan as long as
they did not develop official relations that would violate the "one
Supporting U.S.-DPRK Dialogue
7. Qin expressed support for dialogue between the DPRK and the
United States in of the context of reports of the December 8 visit
to the DPRK by Special Representative for North Korea Policy Stephen
Bosworth. The PRC viewed the visit as within the Six-Party Talks
framework and conducive to the resumption of the Six-Party Talks,
DPRK Currency Revaluation
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8. Qin remarked that currency policies were an "internal affair"
when commenting on the Democratic Republic of Korea's (DPRK)
currency reevaluation. As a "friendly neighbor," China had no
comment on this issue would continue economic ties with the DPRK.