China is strongly dissatisfied with German Chancellor Angela
Merkel's meeting with the Dalai Lama, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman
Jiang Yu said at a regular press conference on Tuesday.
Jiang noted that Merkel ignored China's repeated requests and
persisted in meeting the Dalai Lama, who has long been a separatist
and political exile engaging in activities aimed at splitting the
motherland and sabotaging national unity.
Merkel's meeting with the Dalai Lama was a rude interference
into China's internal affairs that not only hurt the feelings of
the Chinese people, but also gravely harmed China-Germany
relations, Jiang stressed.
China requested that Germany safeguard overall China-Germany
relations and the fundamental interests of the two peoples, and
take practical and effective measures to eradicate the negative
impacts caused by its wrongdoing so as to avoid unnecessary damage
to the bilateral relationship.
Merkel met the Dalai Lama at her office on September 23.
Delegates sent to US for climate change
A representative of President Hu Jintao will head a delegation attending a
two-day climate change meeting in the US, Jiang said.
"We hope this meeting will be a success in promoting technology
cooperation on climate change between the world's major economies
and pushing forward the international negotiations along the track
of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto
Protocol," said Jiang.
President Hu's representative will be Xie Zhenhua, deputy
minister of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC),
the nation's top economic planner.
The meeting, to be held September 27 and 28 in Washington, was a
proposal by US President George W. Bush to set long-term goals on
cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Invited to the meeting in Washington are representatives of the
UN, EU member countries, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India,
Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and South
The US, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, has
refused to ratify the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which mandates cuts in
the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. The Protocol
expires in 2012.
Response to unrest in Myanmar
China hopes and believes the Myanmar government and people can
properly handle the current situation, said Jiang.
"China always sticks to the policy of non-interference in the
internal affairs of other countries," Jiang said. "As a neighboring
country of Myanmar, we hope to see that its society is stable and
its economy develops."
Triggered by a fuel price increase in August 15, a series of
demonstrations were held in Yangon. More than a dozen people have
been detained and charged with undermining stability and security
of the state.
A North Korean delegation headed by Kim Gye-gwan, vice-minister
of Foreign Affairs, left Pyongyang on Tuesday for Beijing to attend
a new round of the six-party talks.
It's reported that North Korea and the US will discuss disabling
the nuclear facilities at Yongbyon during the talks, which are
scheduled to last from Thursday to Sunday.
The resumption of the talks was announced on September 21 by
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu.
Friendly relations with Japan
The Chinese government will maintain its friendly policy with
Japan, Jiang said, hours before Yasuo Fukuda was announced as
Japan's new prime minister.
"We congratulate Yasuo Fukuda on becoming the prime minister.
China is willing to continue to make joint efforts with Japan to
advance strategic and mutually beneficial relations and push
bilateral relations on the track of healthy and stable
development," Jiang said.
Maintaining high-level visits was an important consensus reached
by the leaders of the two nations, and China is willing to work
with Japan to realize the consensus, she said.
To mark the 35th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral
diplomatic ties, a series of activities will be held during the
second half of 2007.
Jiang said the activities would advance mutual understanding and
friendly sentiments between the two peoples and would play a
positive role in pushing forward bilateral ties.
(Xinhua News Agency September 26, 2007)