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No legal basis for Taiwan's entry into WHO, FM spokesman
2005-05-26 04:30:03 XinhuaEnglish

BEIJING, May 26(Xinhuanet)-- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan said here Thursday that the universal application principle in new international health regulations is not a legal basis for Taiwan's entry into the World Health Organization(WHO).

Kong made the remark when asked whether the universal application principle in new international health regulations willbe applied to Taiwan, thus becoming the legal basis for the island's attempt to enter to the WHO.

The 58th annual World Health Assembly, held in Geneva on May 23, held a new set of regulations on national and international responses to disease outbreaks. The new regulations contain four principles, including respecting human rights, respecting the sovereignty of member states, observing the United Nations Charterand the WHO Constitution, and universal application. The four principles are equally important and interconnected.

"We believe the universal application principle is not a legal basis for Taiwan's entry into the WHO," Kong said, stressing that the regulations stipulate that provisions will be only applied to sovereign member states, and make clear the obligations of member states and the director-general.

"China is delighted to see new regulations get through and hopes all parties will strengthen cooperation for their full and effective implementation," the spokesman said. He also praised the regulations for pushing for building a global health system and playing an important role in protecting the life and health of people all over the world.

FM Li to attend 2 int'l meetings

Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing will attend the informal foreign ministers' meeting of China, Russia and India and the foreign ministers' meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO), Kong Quan announced at the regular press conference.

At the invitation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Liwill attend the informal meeting of foreign ministers from China, Russia and India, due to be held in Vladivostok, Russia on June 2.

On June 4, Li will attend the SCO Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, as guest of Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Kasymzhomart Tokayev.

SCO, founded on June 15 of 2001, is a regional organization that groups China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Peruvian president to visit China

At the invitation of Chinese President Hu Jintao, Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo will pay a state visit to China from June 2 to 6, Kong announced.

Toledo's upcoming visit is expected to push forward the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries, Kong said.

During his China tour, Toledo is scheduled to hold talks with President Hu Jintao, and meet with Chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao, respectively, Kong said.

In addition to Beijing, Toledo will visit Shanghai, Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, and Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, he said.

Peru is among the first countries in South America which established diplomatic relations with China. The China-Peru relations have witnessed smooth development over the past 34 years,Kong said.

The two-way trade between China and Peru in 2004 reached 1.94 billion US dollars, Kong said.

China and Peru has announced to form a comprehensive and cooperative partnership in January, 2005."President Toledo's visit will definitely step up the bilateral cooperation on such a new basis," Kong said.

Chilean FM to visit China

Kong also revealed that Chilean Foreign Minister Ignacio Walker will pay an official visit to China from May 29 to 31.

Walker will make the visit as guest of Chinese Foreign MinisterLi Zhaoxing, Kong said. Enditem

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