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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu's Regular Press Conference on October 21, 2010

On the afternoon of October 21, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu held a regular press conference.

Ma Zhaoxu started by making an announcement:

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Foreign Minister Rene Castro Salazar of the Republic of Costa Rica will pay an official visit to China from October 24 to 31.

Q: It's reported that 44 Chinese tourists deserted their group when traveling in the ROK. Do you have any information on that?

A: China has received notification from competent ROK authorities. Relevant situation is under verification.

China's principled position on illegal migration is clear. We stand ready to have close cooperation with relevant country to properly handle the issue.

Q: It's reported that China has tried to suppress a UN report by the Sudan Sanctions Committee that says Chinese weapons and bullets were used by the Sudanese Government in the Darfur region. Why is that? And why is China exporting weapons to Sudan when there's no guarantee that those weapons will not be used in the Darfur region?

A: China, in a responsible attitude, always implements Security Council resolutions on sanctions against Sudan in a comprehensive, earnest and precise manner. It is inappropriate that the Security Council Sudan Sanctions Committee expert panel makes groundless accusation against a member state based on unconfirmed information in its annual report. We urge the expert panel to be objective and responsible in its work.

Q: What is China's expectation for the G20 Summit to be held next month in Seoul? What will be the focus of cooperation among member states?

A: Being the first G20 summit to be held in an Asian country and emerging market, the Seoul Summit is of great significance for the future development of G20. China expects the Seoul Summit to fully display the development experiences of Asian countries and achieve positive results in promoting a strong, sustainable and balanced growth of world economy, advancing development, pressing ahead with reform of international financial institutions, strengthening financial regulation and opposing various forms of protectionism. G20 cooperation will focus on how to maintain solidarity to solve the fundamental cause of the international financial crisis and consolidate world economic recovery.

Q: First, will the recent Zambian mine strike cast a cloud over future China-Africa trade and economic cooperation? Second, it's reported that two Chinese fishery administration boats are heading towards the waters off the Diaoyu Island. Please shed some light on it.

A: I've already briefed you on the Zambian mine strike at last conference. The Chinese Government always requires Chinese enterprises overseas to abide by local laws and regulations and stay in harmony with local people. We hope relevant companies and the Zambian side properly solve the problems that occur during the cooperation. Meanwhile, China will also safeguard the safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises and personnel.

China-Africa economic and trade cooperation is an important part of our friendly relations. The Chinese Government supports qualified and competitive enterprises to engage in investment cooperation in Africa, and requires them to strictly abide by local laws and regulations, honor their commitments, safeguard the legitimate labor rights of local employees, protect eco-environment and repay the local society. Over the past years, the economic and trade cooperation between China and African countries has enjoyed rapid development, contributing to social economic development of both sides and bringing tangible benefits to both peoples.

On your second question, the waters off the Diaoyu Island are traditional fishing grounds for Chinese fishermen. We dispatch fishery law-enforcement boats to relevant waters for patrol and fishery protection in accordance with China's laws and regulations.

Q: First, it's reported that China has expanded rare earth export restrictions from Japan to the US and Europe. Could you confirm? Second, please brief us on the visit by US Attorney General Holder.

A: On the rare earth export, I've already stated China's position. Officials from the Ministry of Commerce have also responded on that.

On your second question, at the invitation of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, US Attorney General Eric Holder is visiting China from October 19 to 22. During his stay, Mr. Zhou Yongkang, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee of the CPC Central Committee met with his delegation, Mr. Meng Jianzhu, State Councilor and Minister of Public Security held talks with him, Procurator General Cao Jianming of the Supreme People's Procuratorate, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Justice Minister Wu Aiying also met with him respectively. The visit is mainly to implement China-US Joint Statement signed by the two heads of state last year with a view to further enhancing pragmatic development of China-US law enforcement cooperation. In their frank and in-depth exchanges, the two sides mainly concentrated on deepening cooperation in fields including pursuit evasion, anti-terrorism, drug prohibition and IPR protection.

Q: The US said today that President Hu Jintao would visit the US next January. Could you give us more details?

A: During their meeting at the G20 Summit in Toronto this June, President Obama extended an official invitation to President Hu Jintao for a state visit to the US early next year and President Hu Jintao accepted it with pleasure.

The two sides are staying in close communication on the specifics of the visit and preparation is under way. This will be a significant visit that will exert far-reaching influence on China-US relations in the new era. Both sides hope to see a smooth and successful visit, which will promote major progress in building positive, cooperative and comprehensive China-US relations in the 21st century.

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