On 10 October, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhang
Qiyue held a regular press conference. She made
the announcements of President Jiang Zemin’s upcoming
visit to the US and Spanish Second Deputy Prime
Minister’s visit to China.
Q: Would you please tell us
the detailed agenda of President Jiang’s visit to the
US? Will he visit Washington
A: President Jiang will visit
the US from 22 to 25 October. This visit is a
major event in China-US relations. We are
convinced that through the joint efforts by the two sides,
this visit will enhance the mutual understanding and mutual
trust and promote the development of constructive and
cooperative relations between the two
Q: It is reported that the
World Summit on Intellectual Property will be held in
Beijing next year, and can you confirm it? What is
the main topic of this meeting?
The Chinese Government and the World Intellectual Property
Organization (WIPO) have decided to jointly host the World
Summit on Intellectual Property in Beijing in April 2003.
This is the first summit meeting in WIPO’s
history. We are convinced that this meeting will
help the international community to attach more importance
to the protection of intellectual property rights and
strengthen the cooperation in this area. At the
same time, this meeting will facilitate the international
community to have a better understanding of the efforts and
work by China in this regard. At present, the
relevant departments of the Chinese Government are working
with WIPO to actively prepare for this important meeting due
Q: Can you tell us the
detailed agenda of President Jiang’s visit to the US?
Will he visit Chicago or Washington other than
President Bush’s ranch? And the President of
the US National Defense University is on a visit in China
and he met with Chi Haotian yesterday. Can you tell us some
A: As for President
Jiang’s upcoming visit to the US, I very much
understand your interest in it. I have already
briefed you on the general agenda of this
This visit is a very important one.
The two sides attach great importance to it and
are actively making preparations.
As for your
second question, at the invitation of President of
China’s National Defense University General Xing
Shizhong, President of the US National Defense University
Vice Admiral Paul Gaffney arrived in Beijing on 8 October.
General Chi Haotian, Vice Chairman of Central
Military Commission, State Counselor and Defense Minister
met with him. Vice Admiral Gaffney addressed China’s
National Defense University and also attended a meeting in
the research institute on national strategic studies.
Besides, he will head for Xi’an and Shanghai
to visit army camps.
Q: Have China and Germany reached an
agreement on the case of three North Koreans entering the
German school? On Tuesday, US President Bush made
a speech on Iraq, and does China view Iraq as a threat to
A: Last time, I
introduced that three unidentified people entered the German
School. At present, the Chinese police are
investigating the people concerned and the investigation is
China’s position on the Iraqi
issue has always been consistent. Iraq should
strictly and comprehensively implement the relevant UN
Security Council resolutions, and the imperative is to
readmit UN weapons inspectors as soon as possible and make
an objective judgement on the situation in Iraq.
We always stand for the political settlement of
the Iraqi issue within the UN framework. Several
days ago, the UN and Iraq have reached consensus on the
detailed arrangement of UN weapons inspectors’ return
to Iraq, which we view as a positive step. We hope
that under current situation, UN weapons inspectors will be
able to return to Iraq soon.
Lebanon decided to pump one tenth of the disputed water
resource and Israel threatened to use force against Lebanon.
What is China’s comment? And after
the Sudanese opposition forces seized part of the territory,
the peace agreement of Sudan has already collapsed.
Does China plan to withdraw thousands of Chinese
workers in the oil fields of Sudan?
A: On your first question, it is true that in
the Middle East, water resource is very precious and the
various parties attach importance to this. We hope
that the question can be properly settled.
the second question, there are some Chinese working in
Sudan, but I have not heard any events that would endanger
their life security. We hope that Sudan will
maintain social stability and economic
Q: During the recent summit
meeting between Japan and North Korean in Pyongyang, North
Korea admitted the kidnapping of 13 Japanese. Some
newspapers call it “disappearance” and
“kidnapping” is only a one-sided claim by Japan.
Does China think these Japanese disappeared or
A: Japanese Prime
Minister Koizumi’s recent visit to DPRK has made
important achievement, and the two sides decided to reopen
the negotiation on the normalization of bilateral relations.
Both Japan and DPRK are China’s close
neighbors, and we support the improvement of their bilateral
relations, leading to its ultimate normalization.
We believe this will help maintain regional peace
and stability. We hope that the issues between
Japan and DPRK can be properly
Q: Do you have any latest
news about China’s Middle East Special Envoy
Ambassador Wang Shijie? When will he visit the
A: China is very concerned
about the Middle East issue. As a permanent member
of the UN Security Council, China, as always, actively
promotes Middle East peace process and supports all efforts
that help solve Middle East question, and we have maintained
cooperation with relevant parties. Not long ago,
China appointed Ambassador Wang Shijie as China’s
Middle East Special Envoy and he will visit the region in
due course. If I have any details I will make it
available to you.
Q: Will President
Jiang’s US trip have impact on the 16th Party
A: I do not quite get your
question. I have just said President Jiang will
visit the US soon and this visit is of great significance.
During this visit, President Jiang will exchange
views with US President Bush and other US leaders on
China-US relations and major international issues of common
Q: What is the importance of
President Jiang’s visit to the US in terms of
international anti-terrorism campaign and the settlement of
international and regional issues?
Recently, China-US relations have on the whole maintained a
positive momentum of development. The two sides
have made new progress in the exchanges and cooperation in
areas of economy, trade and anti-terrorism, which you have
mentioned. China and the US have also maintained
close consultations on major international and regional
issues. We are convinced that through the joint
efforts by the two sides, this visit, which is the third
meeting between the two heads of state within one year will
surely make positive result.
China seen a new UN Security Council resolution on Iraq so
far? And did the US side send officials to have
consultations with China on this
A: Recently, China and other
members of the UN Security Council have maintained close
consultations on the Iraqi issue. Actually, the
relevant parties have maintained close contacts not only
within the Security Council, but also through bilateral
channels. As for the new Security Council
resolution, to my knowledge, up to today there hasn’t
been such one yet. But the relevant parties are
having close contacts and
Several days ago, Chinese
Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan had a phone conversation with
his Russian counterpart and when he was in Paris, he talked
with US Secretary of State Powell over the phone.
On 30 September, Vice Foreign Minister Wang
Guangya had talks on Iraq in Beijing with William Ehrman,
visiting Special Envoy for British Foreign Secretary.
And Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zhou
Wenzhong exchanged views with US officials on Iraq during
his visit in Washington. However, the contacts and
activities centered on the Iraq issue have been quite
Q: It is reported that a
foreign tourist was killed today. Can you confirm
it? Is he of English nationality?
A: I can confirm that a foreigner
was killed near the Great Wall and he has an English
passport with him. At present the Chinese public
security organs are looking into the case and further
verifying his identity.
President Jiang’s visit to the US a working visit or
Jiang’s upcoming visit to the US is a major event in
China-US relations and is of great importance for the
promotion of constructive and cooperative relations between
China and the US. Both sides attach great
importance to this visit and are actively preparing for it.
You may have noticed that not long ago, Chinese
Assistant Foreign Minister Zhou Wenzhong visited the US for
consultations, which was to lay the groundwork for this
visit. And Senior Director for Asian Affairs of
the US National Security Council, James Moriarty will also
visit Beijing soon to make necessary preparations for this