Chief negotiator for the nuclear talks from the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Kye-Gwan met with Chinese
officials on Thursday to discuss the next phase of the six-party talks, according to China's Foreign
Kim met with Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei and briefed the
Chinese on the recently completed bilateral negotiations between
the DPRK and the United States, said spokeswoman Jiang Yu at a
regular press conference.
"The two sides exchanged views on the six-party talks, as well
as the direction for the next phase of work," Jiang said.
China is consulting with other members of the talks to set a
date for the next round, which would focus on the DPRK's full
declaration of its nuclear facilities and their disablement, Jiang
In a landmark six-party deal brokered in February, the DPRK
agreed to dismantle all of its nuclear facilities and programs in
exchange for diplomatic concessions, energy, and other aid.
Following a DPRK-US meeting in Geneva over the weekend, US envoy
Christopher Hill said Sunday that the DPRK had agreed to declare
and disable its nuclear facilities by the end of 2007.
The six-party talks, initiated in 2003, involve China, the DPRK,
the United States, the Republic of Korea, Russia, and Japan.
In a session of the six-party talks held in July, envoys agreed
to meet in Beijing in early September to hear working group reports
and work out a road map for the implementation of the general
consensus reached in July.
China backs UN on Darfur
China has praised UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's efforts to
resolve the Darfur issue and will play a constructive role,
Ban, on a four-day visit to Sudan that started Monday, stressed
the importance of reaching a political settlement and deploying the
African Union-UN hybrid force quickly to end a prolonged ethnic
"International society could push forward the peace-keeping and
political processes in a balanced way, help improve the
humanitarian and security situation in Darfur, and finally push
forward the comprehensive and proper solution to the issue," the
China has always played a constructive role in the Darfur issue,
Liu Guijin, a special envoy for the Darfur issue, is at the UN
until September 12. According to Jiang, Liu will communicate with
government officials, the United States Congress, scholars, and the
media during the trip.
Asia Pacific needs 'new concept of
"Under the current international situation, we think that all
countries should build a new concept of security, in a move to
build a harmonious and stable Asia Pacific on the basis of mutual
trust among countries," Jiang told the regular press
"The new security concept will meet the interests of all people
in the region," Jiang said, responding to a question concerning
combined naval exercises held by India, the United States, Japan,
Australia, and Singapore in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday.
The joint naval exercises, which involved three aircraft
carriers, hundreds of military aircraft, destroyers, frigates, and
submarines, was the biggest-ever war game in the international
waters between Visakhapatnam and the Andaman and Nicobar
China, as an active player in the course of peace, cooperation,
and development in the Asia Pacific, would like to work with other
nations to achieve win-win results through dialogue and
cooperation, Jiang said.
Hacking accusation refuted
"Some people are making wild accusations against China and
saying the Chinese military attacked the British government's
computer network. These are totally groundless and irresponsible
and with ulterior motives," said Jiang.
"The Chinese government has always opposed internet crimes,
including hacking, and prosecuted them according to the law," Jiang
The Guardian reported Wednesday that Chinese hackers,
some believed to be from the People's Liberation Army, have been
attacking the computer networks of British government
The disclosures came after reports that the Chinese military had
hacked into a Pentagon military computer network in June. The
Financial Times said Tuesday that American officials called it
the most successful cyber attack on the Pentagon.
The Chinese government has expressed its willingness to
strengthen international cooperation, Jiang said.
"However, according to my knowledge, China's police have not
received any requests from relevant countries for a joint
investigation," Jiang said.
Safeguarding principles of non-proliferation
In response to a reporter's suggestion that China might block an
India-US civil nuclear cooperation deal at the Nuclear Supplier's
Group (NSG), Jiang said the international cooperation on the
peaceful use of nuclear power should be conducive to safeguarding
the "principles" and "effectiveness" of international
China has already noted "different views existing" among the NSG
members on loosening the nuclear exportation restrictions to India,
'Taiwan-Africa' summit slashed
Jiang slashed the plan of Taiwan authorities to hold a
"Taiwan-Africa summit," saying the so-called "summit" does not have
backing, explaining that the "vast majority of African countries
support the one-China policy."
She said by planning the so-called "Taiwan-Africa summit,"
reportedly to be held on Sunday, the Taiwan authorities aimed to
intensify their efforts to promote the secessionist activities of
the "Taiwan independence" force, which will gain no popular
"The friendship between China and Africa is the trend of the
times, the vast majority of African countries are opposed to the
secessionist activities by Taiwan authorities, and any attempt that
is against the trend of history is doomed to fail," said Jiang.
Lower food safety standard proposal denied
China on Thursday denounced a US newspaper report about China
advising Indonesia to lower its food safety standards as "purely
The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that during
their consultations on food safety, a Chinese official had proposed
to an Indonesian food and drug safety official that Indonesia lower
its product safety standards.
"The report does not accord with the facts," Jiang said. "We
have checked with relevant departments. There isn't such a
She said an Indonesian delegation was in China to discuss food
safety with China's General Administration of Quality Supervision,
Inspection, and Quarantine on Wednesday. Head of the delegation,
Halida Miljani, also said there were no such remarks.
The Chinese Government always requires import and export
products to meet the laws, regulations, and standards of China and
export countries and regions, said Jiang.
"We believe it amounts to discrimination to set inspection and
quarantine requirements depending on how big or small, how strong
or weak the partners are," Jiang said.
She said China opposes such practices by other countries.
Sino-Japanese relations further thaw
Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative
Conference Jia Qinglin will visit Japan from September 12
to 18, the Foreign Ministry announced yesterday.
It will be another chance to improve relations between China and
Japan, after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "ice-breaking" visit to
China last October and Premier Wen Jiabao's "ice-thawing" visit to Japan in April.
"This year marks the 35th anniversary of the normalization of
the Sino-Japanese relationship, which is facing important
opportunities for development," said the spokeswoman.
(China Daily, Xinhua News Agency September 7, 2007)