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Chinese foreign minister to attend Conference on Disarmament
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China will put forward its views on nuclear disarmament at the upcoming international Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said Tuesday.

She said Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will make a speech at the meeting set down for Aug. 12.

Yang will also elaborate on China's views on arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons during his speech.

He is attending the meeting at the invitation of conference Secretary-General Sergei Or-dzhonikidze, who is also director-general of the United Nations' Office in Geneva.

China is a member of the Conference on Disarmament, which is the world's only multilateral disarmament organization.

The 66 members of the conference ended a 12-year deadlock in May by agreeing on a draft work plan for this year. In April, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed at a meeting in London to accelerate the process of nuclear disarmament by starting a new round of talks.

Jiang said Foreign Minister Yang would meet the heads of associated international organizations at the meeting and exchange views on cooperation and friendly relations between their sides.

She said before the trip to Geneva, Foreign Minister Yang would pay an official visit to Jordan on Aug. 10 and 11 at the invitation of that country's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Judeh, with whom he would hold talks. Yang would also meet with Jordanian leaders to exchange opinions on advancing bilateral links as well as major regional and international issues.

(Xinhua News Agency August 4, 2009)

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