|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference on March 25, 2010|
On the afternoon of March 25, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang held a regular press conference and answered questions.
Qin Gang: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I have no announcement to make. The floor is open.
Q: Yesterday, the US Justice Department announced the transfer of two Chinese Uyghur suspects from Guantanamo to Switzerland. Do you have any response? Secondly, is China getting any closer to support UN Security Council sanctions against Iran?
A: Regarding Chinese terrorist suspects detained in Guantanamo, China has made its position very clear. We firmly oppose the US transferring the suspects to any third country, or any country receiving the suspects in whatever name. We have lodged solemn representations to relevant countries.
On the Iranian nuclear issue, China's position is unequivocal. We uphold a peaceful settlement through diplomatic means of dialogue and negotiation. This is the best option in the interest of all parties and conducive to regional peace and stability. Considering the input-output ratio, we believe this would be the most effective. Proceeding from the overall interest of safeguarding the international non-proliferation regime as well as regional peace and stability, parties involved should continue to build up mutual trust, display flexibility and move towards a long-term, comprehensive and proper settlement. China will maintain communication and consultation with other parties to promote peace and dialogue.
Q: We are told that many Chinese believe Google is acting as a tool of the US Government. Does the Chinese Government share this view? Secondly, did Google violate Chinese laws or its written commitment to the Chinese Government with its latest move?
A: On your first question, we have taken note of recent media reports. I'll leave your question to the US side and see what they have to say.
On your second question, competent Chinese authorities will continue to handle relevant issues according to law.
Q: During his visit to Sweden, will Vice President Xi Jinping chair or attend any ceremonies of the Geely-Volvo merger?
A: I'm not aware of such an arrangement in Vice President Xi Jinping's itinerary.
Q: Could you confirm whether Premier Wen Jiabao will attend the ASEAN Summit in Hanoi this April? Is he also going to visit Indonesia and Brunei?