FM press conference on July 24

2008-07-24 11:50:03 GMT       2008-07-24 19:50:03 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

BEIJING, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Some U.S. lawmakers should stop disrupting the Beijing Olympic Games by using human rights issues, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said here Thursday.

Spokesman Liu Jianchao made the remarks responding to a question concerning a resolution introduced on Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives, which, citing the "Olympic traditions of freedom and openness", criticized China on human rights issues.

BEIJING, July 24 (Xinhua) -- China appreciated Nepal taking "necessary and just measures" on Tibetan-related issues, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said on Thursday.

Liu made the remarks when commenting on the recent detention of Tibetan separatists in Nepal by the local police.

BEIJING, July 24 (Xinhua) -- China said here Thursday it plans to appoint its first ambassador to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to further strengthen bilateral strategic ties.

"This is a symbol of the in-depth development of China-ASEAN ties, which also shows that the China-ASEAN strategic partnership is moving forward," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told a press conference.

BEIJING, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister IgorSechin will visit China on July 26 and 27 to discuss the launch of an energy resources negotiation mechanism, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao announced on Thursday at a regular press conference.

"The significant mechanism will map out energy resources cooperation between China and Russia and is valued by the leaders of both countries," Liu said.

BEIJING, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Thursday China is ready to promote cooperation with Japan on disaster prevention and reduction.

"It is very necessary for China and Japan, two seismically active countries, to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in this aspect," said the ministry's spokesman Liu Jianchao, "China holds a positive attitude toward this," he added.

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