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Yang Jiechi
Cover Stories Series 2012> NPC & CPPCC Sessions Wrap-Up> Meeting the Press> Yang Jiechi
UPDATED: March 14, 2012 NO. 11 MARCH 15, 2012
Foreign Policy and External Relations

Middle East

We firmly believe people in the Middle East know best the situation there, issues in the Middle East region should be resolved by the people of the Middle East, and the future and destiny of the region should be determined by the people there.

Over the years, China has been a firm supporter of the just cause of the Arab countries and their people. The two sides have forged a deep friendship, and there are no historical grievances between the two sides. What the two sides have is expanding common interests and the consensus of working together to uphold peace and promote development.

It is true that China and some Arab countries may sometimes differ in specific ways of action, but the two sides have the same overall objective of promoting stability, development and prosperity in the Middle East. Cooperation between China and Arab countries is comprehensive and strategic, and the friendship and cooperation between the two sides can stand the test of changing international circumstances. Peace, stability and development in the Middle East serves the fundamental interests of both people in that region and the international community. This is the overarching purpose and end goal in our dealing with relevant issues in the Middle East.

We are opposed to the development and possession of nuclear weapons by any country in the Middle East, including Iran. At the same time, we believe all countries, while fulfilling their obligations, have the right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy. We believe the Iranian nuclear issue should be properly handled and resolved though dialogue not confrontation, through cooperation not sanctions. We are opposed to imposing unilateral sanctions. We place high importance on the mechanism of consultation and negotiation between the "P5 plus one" (UN Security Council's five permanent members and Germany) and Iran. China has stayed in close communication and coordination with the United States, Russia, the EU, and other members concerned. We hope the next round of dialogue under this mechanism will happen soon, so as to push forward the process of seeking a proper settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue.

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