Press Conference with Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Jianchao on China’s Stance on the Chapter VII Resolution (Excerpts)

May 9, 2006

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Q: On the Iranian nuclear issue. Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing has just finished the Six-Country Foreign Ministers meetings in New York. Please elaborate on China's stance. Does China oppose quoting Chapter Seven of the United Nations Charter in relevant UN Security Council resolution?

A: The Iranian nuclear issue is at a critical period at present. China hopes that parties concerned could continue to remain calm, patient and restrained, exert flexibility, and in particular, to avoid taking moves that might worsen the situation, so as to create sound conditions for the resumption of the talks. Diplomacy and consultations are the best choice to solve this issue, which serves the interests of parties concerned. China has always been in disfavor of easily resorting to the threat of sanctions or force in international affairs. We hope that parties concerned could continue to adopt a constructive attitude so as to peacefully resolve the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomacy.

Q: Will the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting discuss the Iranian nuclear issue? Head of the U.S. Pacific Command Fallon is visiting China today. Please brief us on his agenda in China, the places he will visit and the officials he will meet with.

A: As to your first question. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is set up to advance the in-depth exchanges of views between the members on the regional security, economy, trade, humanity and other issues and to enhance the cooperation between the members in these fields. The SCO meeting will be held in mid June. As to what issues will be on the agenda or whether the Iranian nuclear issue will come up or not, SCO members are yet to discuss and decide.

With respect to your second question, I do not have any information at hand right now. Please refer it to the Ministry of Defense.

Q: Will China veto the UN Security Council's resolution on the Iranian nuclear issue if it resorted to Chapter Seven of the United Nations Charter? There were frictions between China and Vatican in the ordination of bishops, did China have any informal contacts or consultation with Vatican in this regard?

A: Parties concerned are still undertaking consultations on how to solve the Iranian nuclear issue. China has stated its position clearly in previous consultations. China is not in favor of easily resorting to sanctions or threat of force in international affairs.

As to your second question, I think Vatican is clear about the Chinese Government's relevant position.

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