China has always advocated the peaceful use of outer space and opposes weaponization or an
arms race in space, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, January 23, 2007.
Liu Jianchao, spokesman of the
Chinese Foreign Ministry, answers a question at a regular news briefing in
Beijing January 23, 2007. [fmprc.gov.cn]
Spokesman Liu Jianchao made the remarks at a regular news briefing in Beijing
in response to questions concerning a recent outer space experiment conducted by
He noted that "China has never participated, and will never participate in,
any arms race in outer space".
"This experiment was not directed at any country and does not constitute a
threat to any country."
Liu said China has informed such countries as the United States and Japan of
Hu's African visits
Liu announced that President Hu Jintao would make state visits to eight
African countries starting at the end of this month.
Hu will visit Cameroon, Liberia, Sudan, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa,
Mozambique and the Seychelles between January 30 and February 10.
The visits reflect major diplomatic activity between China and Africa
following the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held in
Beijing last November.
They are aimed at "consolidating traditional friendship" and "expanding
pragmatic cooperation" between China and the African countries, Liu said.
On the China-Vatican relationship, Liu said China is willing to hold talks to
"We are willing to maintain contacts and have dialogue with the Vatican; and
actively explore the approaches to improving bilateral relations" if the Vatican
severs its "diplomatic" ties with Taiwan, and refrains from interfering in the
country's internal affairs on the pretext of religious freedom, Liu said.
The Vatican wrapped up over the weekend a meeting specifically held to
discuss its relationship with China, and agreed to set up a permanent commission
to handle China affairs.
What emerged was the will to continue along the path of "respectful and
constructive dialogue" with the Chinese government in order to overcome the
misunderstandings of the past, said a church statement on Monday.
"We appreciate the Vatican's willingness to have
constructive dialogue with the Chinese side," the spokesman said.