China attaches importance to relations with India, and would
like to enhance bilateral ties in a healthy and stable way, Foreign
Ministry spokesperson Qin Gang said at a regular press conference
Qin made the remarks when commenting on the meeting between
Jiabao and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the
sidelines of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
meetings in Malaysia.
"The good neighborly relations between the two countries
conform to the fundamental interests of both, and are
conducive to the peace and stability of Asia and the world," Qin
During the meeting with Singh, Wen said he hoped India's
participation in the East Asian Summit would help promote regional
cooperation and cooperation with other regions, according to
Qin added that China and India have signed a memorandum of
understanding to resolve their border issue, and the two countries
will settle this issue through consultation.
Energy resource cooperation
China is ready to enhance cooperation on energy resources with
other countries, including Russia and Kazakhstan, based on equality
and mutual benefits, Qin said.
"China's stance on energy cooperation is clear," he said, noting
China hopes to promote cooperation not only on oil and natural gas,
but also on using renewable and clean energy.
The first phase of the 1000-km oil pipeline project between
China and Kazakhstan opened yesterday.
This is China's first transnational oil project.
Qin said China has established strategic partnership with both
Russia and Kazakhstan and has conducted cooperation on energy
resources with them. This conforms to the interest of the three
countries, and helps achieve common prosperity, he added.
China is promoting dialogue and cooperation with the other
countries to safeguard security and stability of world energy
resources, he said.
Bad quality US donations
With regard to the bad quality donations received from the
United States, China has contacted the relevant US organizations
and demanded they deal with the donations properly, Qin said.
"Charity is the noble cause, and a pure word," he said, adding:
"We don't hope these dirty materials will bring
disgrace to the word."
He noted that Chinese customs and the inspection and quarantine
department had found and sorted through the donation consignment
that included used and soiled medical equipment, and the State
Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine
had made its report to the press.
The consignment included expired medical equipment, tubing,
dirty bedding and used surgical clothes in four containers donated
by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake
City, Utah, Qin said.
The consignment will be returned.
Rebiya Kadeer and Xinjiang
When asked to comment on Rebiya Kadeer's remarks attacking
China's policy concerning the Xinjiang region, Qin said, Rebiya had
committed criminal activities in China.
The US should not provide any platform for East Turkistan
separatist remarks, he said.
China allowed Rebiya to go abroad to receive medical treatment
out of humanitarian concern, he said.
"Rebiya's remarks prove that she is closely connected with the
East Turkistan separatist movement," he said.
He called on the US to not grant any platform for her to engage
in activities aimed at separating China or undermining its national
There have been reports that Rebiya, a former businesswoman from
Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, had close relations with groups
aiming to carry out terrorist and secessionist activities to
sabotage the region's 50th anniversary celebrations.
Xinjiang has enjoyed fast economic growth and social stability
in the past 50 years, and freedom and rights, including religious
rights, have received full protection in the region, Qin said.
Iranian President's remarks about Israel
In response to a question on Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad's latest remarks, Qin said the Chinese government is
opposed to anything said or done that could harm state-to-state
relations and regional stability.
It is reported that Ahmadinejad on Wednesday called the
Holocaust a "myth" created by Europe to establish a Jewish state in
the Middle East, renewing his call for Israel to be moved from the
"Israel is a member of the United Nations (UN), and its national
rights should be respected," Qin said.
He pointed out that the UN General Assembly last month passed a
resolution that rejects any denial of the Holocaust as a historical
"The UN resolution also represents China's attitude on the
issue," he said.
(Xinhua News Agency December 16, 2005)