The relations between China and Malawi will "develop
comprehensively and rapidly" based on the Five Principles of
Peaceful Co-existence after the two countries established
diplomatic ties, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu on
Tuesday at a regular press conference.
"The establishment of the diplomatic ties has laid a sound
foundation for friendly cooperation in all fields in the future,"
The decision to establish diplomatic relations conforms with the
fundamental interests of the two countries and their people, said
She said China is willing to establish and develop friendly ties
with all countries based on the one-China policy.
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Malawian Minister for
Presidential and Parliamentary Affairs Davis Katsonga signed a
joint communique in Beijing on Dec. 28, 2007 to forge diplomatic
China opposes any actions trying to politicize the Olympic Games, said Jiang.
The Olympic Games is a sport gala for the whole world and the
Chinese government is carefully fulfilling its commitment in the
preparation of the Games, Jiang said.
"However, at this moment, a few organizations are attaching some
topics to the Olympic Games to slur China's image and to put
pressure on the Chinese government. Their purposes are unspeakable
and they can't succeed, because they are against the Olympic
spirit," said Jiang.
"No country in the world is perfect in human right issues. The
Chinese people are enjoying many rights that they have never
enjoyed before." Jiang said, "The Chinese government has
consistently advocated dialogues on an equal footing to narrow
disparities and to boost human right development around the
China hopes South Korea can take active measures to protect the
safety of Chinese workers and prevent accidents like the Icheon
explosion from happening again, said Jiang.
She said the identities of the 12 Chinese victims have been
verified and their families have arrived in South Korea to deal
with the aftermath of the tragedy.
According to Jiang, families of Chinese victims have agreed in
principle on the compensation for the victims. Negotiation on the
compensation of the injured workers will start soon.
Vice Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is visiting South Korea as
special envoy of the Chinese government, sent food and commodities
to the families of Chinese victims in Icheon, 80 km southeast of
Seoul, and expressed his condolence to them through officials of
the Chinese Embassy.
The explosion at a warehouse in Icheon killed 40 people,
including 12 Chinese, and injured 10 others on Jan. 7.
China believes the new round of six-party talks will be held at a "ripe time",
She said the current progress of six-party talks is hard-won.
China hopes all sides continue their efforts to realize various
agreements in a comprehensive and balanced way to push forward the
denuclearization on the Korean peninsular.
Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei and top US nuclear envoy
Christopher Hill met in Beijing last week to discuss the current
situation of the talks as well as the resumption of the new
The last round of talks ended last October with an agreement
saying North Korea agreed to disable all its existing nuclear
facilities and provide a complete and correct declaration of its
nuclear programs by the end of 2007. North Korea missed the
deadline to list all its nuclear programs.
Rescued Taiwan fishermen near Fiji
All the 11 fishermen trapped on a wrecked Taiwan fishing boat
have been rescued and have safely arrived in the Fiji capital Suva,
"They are all in good health," said Jiang.
The Taiwan boat hit a rock about 250 sea miles from Fiji Islands
on Saturday. The fishermen asked for rescue from China Maritime
Search and Rescue Center through rescue institution in Taiwan,
China launched an emergency response immediately after receiving
the request, and ordered the Chinese embassies in Fiji and New
Zealand to contact the Fiji government, assist in rescue work, and
provide for medical care and other follow-ups, said Jiang.
Vietnamese deputy PM's coming visit
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem of the
Socialist Republic of Vietnam will pay an official visit to China
from Jan. 22 to 26.
He is invited by State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan to co-chair the second meeting of
the China-Vietnam steering committee on cooperation, Jiang
(Xinhua News Agency January 16, 2008)