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Off-colour Japanese textbooks seized
By Hu Qihua and Qin Jize (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-06-29 05:59

The seizure of Japanese textbooks showing Taiwan and the Chinese mainland in different colours was in accordance with Chinese law, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told a regular press conference in Beijing that Chinese customs in April seized 15 geography textbooks ordered by a Japanese school in Dalian as they violated Chinese regulations on customs management and publishing.

He said customs returned the books to their sender and would continue to deal with similar situations in the same way.

The one-China policy is an important principle involving Chinese sovereignty and the will of the Chinese people, he said.

Also at the briefing, Liu urged the Japanese Government to dispose of all chemical weapons discarded by its military in China during World War II as soon as possible, saying the Chinese Government attached great importance to the issue and has been working to speed up the process.

Liu was responding to reports that senior Japanese officials had complained about China's slow response to chemical weapon accidents after leaking gas from such weapons injured three people in Guangzhou last week.

Liu said the Chinese side has asked the Japanese Government to clarify their statements.

He said the abandonment of chemical weapons was a serious crime committed by the invading Japanese army during the war, which has posed a threat to lives and the environment in the affected Chinese regions.

"Chemical weapon injuries in Guangzhou confirm this fact," he said.

Summit of leaders

President Hu Jintao will elaborate on China's policy and measures on energy demand, and economic and social development as leaders of the G8 plus Five meet in Scotland next month, according to Assistant Foreign Minister Li Hui.

The main topics of the meeting will be the global economy and climate change, said Li.

Hu will state China's position on issues such as climate change, international development co-operation, and international trade, Li told reporters at a separate press briefing.

Hu will also incorporate China's concepts of scientific development into his speech and introduce China's policy and measures on issues attracting outside interest, such as China's energy demand, and the well-balanced development of the economy and society, said Li.

Wen to preside over meeting

Premier Wen Jiabao will preside over the Second GMS (Greater Mekong Subregion) Summit 2005 next Monday in Southwest China's Yunnan Province, Shen Guofang, assistant to the foreign minister, said yesterday.

He said the summit, held every three years, would focus on enhancing partnerships to realize common prosperity through the signing of several co-operative agreements in the fields of transportation, regional power, trade, the Internet and animal epidemics.

(China Daily 06/29/2005 page2)

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