Q: When will China hand over assistance to
A: As an expression of
sympathy and support to the Pakistani Government, the
Chinese Government recently decided to provide to the
Pakistani Government 10 million RMB yuan worth of emergency
commodity assistance. The Chinese Government has also
decided to provide two batches of commodities to the Afghan
refugees in Pakistan each worth 2 million RMB yuan
respectively through the Pakistani Government and the
UNHCR’s office in Pakistan. All the above commodities
will be handed over to the Pakistan
Q: Egyptian President
warned long ago that the United States and other western
countries harbour the terrorists. The Algerian President
said yesterday in South Africa that the Western nations are
themselves harbouring terrorist. Now China is
enthusiastically supporting the fight against terrorism. Why
did China not support the fight before? What is the
difference of an attack on the United States and an attack
on the developing countries like Egypt and
A: We have reiterated again
and again that we are opposed to all sorts of terrorism. We
are opposed to terrorism, wherever it is, or whoever commits
it. We hold that terrorism is a common threat to the
foreign policy, we always stand that countries, large or
small, are all equals. We are against any acts that
discriminate against the weak and the small.
Q: It seems that the mainland
has set up some criteria for Taiwan’s participation in
the APEC meeting. How will you solve this question? Vice
Foreign Trade Minister Long Yongtu said that China is
planning to enter the WTO this year. How does the NPC plan
to ratify the decision?
Taiwan’s participation in the APCE meeting, we will
deal with it in the spirit of the APEC MOUs and the existing
On China’s entry into the WTO,
China has made efforts for the membership over the years.
The final date of membership will depend upon when all the
work and procedures will be finished. Personally, I believe
that it is not that far off for China’s entry into the
WTO. On the domestic ratification process, we will deal with
it according to the relevant procedures.
Q: China, Russia and the
United States will support the establishment of a coalition
government in Afghanistan. However, there are some
differences on whether the Taliban should be included. What
is China’s position? What form should it take? When
should it be formed?
A: China is
ready to actively participate in the rebuilding of
Afghanistan after the restoration of peace. As its
neighbour, China has closely followed the Afghan situation.
We had contact with the various parties of Afghanistan with
the aim of urging them to go for peace as soon as possible.
On the future government, we always stand for the
establishment of a widely based coalition government in
Afghanistan that can be accepted by the various parties and
live in harmony with the other countries, especially its
neighbours. The early peaceful settlement of the Afghan
issue bears not only upon the fundamental interests of the
Afghans, but also peace and stability of the region.
Q: It is reported that some
Chinese airlines have refused the boarding of Arabians and
Muslims. Some Arabian and Muslims also meet with
difficulties in visa applications to China. What is your
A: According to some media
reports and complaints from some individual countries, some
Chinese airlines have adopted restrictive measures against
citizens of Arab and Muslim countries who plan to board
Chinese airlines. These citizens also face difficulties in
visa applications to China. After learning the issue, the
Chinese Government attaches great importance to it and
immediately carried out an investigation. Here, I wish to
make several clarifications:
Foreign Ministry of China and the Civil Aviation
Administration of China (CAAC) have never issued a notice
which asked for stopping ticket sales to passengers of the
relevant countries. It is learnt that some individual
airlines exercised improper ticket restrictions after the 11
September Incident. This is the act of these individual
companies, never representing the Chinese Government.
China’s aviation authorities have ordered them to
correct the practice.
Secondly, on the visa
question, China has made some technical adjustment around
the APEC meeting. It is only temporary. It is not
discriminatory, nor targeted at any certain country. China,
as always, welcome people from various countries, including
the Arabian countries, to come to China for normal economic
and trade activities. After the APEC meeting, the relevant
visa practices will return to normal.
Q: Will China ease its
restriction upon the Middle East and Arab citizens after the
end of the APEC meeting?
technical adjustments are made around the APEC meeting.
These adjustments are not directed towards any country. I
learned that you have come across some difficulties and
problems in planning for the visit to Shanghai. However, I
wish to emphasize that, whether it is the hotels or the
airlines, or the behavior of some people, it is only the act
of some individuals or companies. It does not represent the
Chinese Government. We have maintained friendly relations
and cooperation with the Arab and Muslim countries. Normal
contacts are conducted. We will continue to develop friendly
ties with these countries.
After the restoration of peace in Afghanistan, does China
hold that the future coalition government should include the
Taliban? Some critics claim that China is increasing its
fight against the Xinjiang splittists under the name of the
international fight against terrorism. What is your
A: On the Afghanistan
question, I have made clear our basic position. We stand for
a coalition government in Afghanistan that is broadly based
and acceptable to the various parties.
Xinjiang question, firstly there are some East Turkistan
violent activists in Xinjiang. Their terrorist activities
have not only threatened China, but also peace and stability
of the whole region. We will work with the international
community to jointly oppose all sorts of terrorist
activities, including the East Turkistan terrorist forces,
so as to safeguard world peace and stability.
Q: It is reported that the US
Government will not lift its military sanctions against
China. Does China believe that the lifting of the sanctions
is conducive to the international fight against
A: First, I wish to state
that we are always opposed to imposing sanctions upon us by
any country. As for what you have said, I have not got any
information from the official channel.
Q: In a few days time, China
will celebrate the 30 anniversary of the return to the UN.
The restoration of China’s seat at the UN was achieved
thanks to the support of many developing and poor countries.
How will China improve its ties with these countries? Does
China still view them as friends and
A: China won the sympathy
and support of the developing countries in its restoration
of legitimate seat at the UN. China always highly stresses
the development of friendly cooperation with the developing
countries. This policy will be carried through.