China's foreign minister warned Friday that attempts to politicize Beijing's
Olympic Games next year by linking them to the Darfur crisis in Sudan or other
issues are doomed to fail.
"There are a handful of people who are trying to politicize the Olympic
Games," Yang Jiechi said at a press briefing with visiting British Foreign
Secretary Margaret Beckett. "Their objectives or the target they are seeking to
achieve will never be attained."
Certain countries said China is not using its influence to do more to stop
the Darfur crisis.
Yang said China believes "the political process and the peacekeeping
operation should be pursued and promoted in a balanced manner."
China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi
(R) shakes hands with Britain's Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett in
Beijing May 18, 2007.[Reuters]
Beckett Thursday praised China's role on Darfur issue, calling more efforts
from the international community.
"I noticed there have been some criticism of China, but actually China has
played a really quite positive role, particularly in the negotiation of the
Darfur peace agreement," Beckett told a press conference at the Ambassador's
residence in Beijing.
China has designated a special representative on African affairs and decided
to dispatch a 275-member multifunctional engineering troops to participate in
the implementation of the second phase of the Annan proposal.
The Annan proposal, put forward by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, is a
three-phase support plan aimed at deploying a combination of African Union and
UN peacekeeping force in the Darfur region.
Beckett said China, along with all the rest of the international community,
very much regrets that peace agreement has not been implemented by the
government of Sudan.
Beckett arrived in Beijing Wednesday morning for a six-day official
visit to China. This is Beckett's first visit to China as British Foreign