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UPDATED: November 8, 2010 NO. 45 NOVEMBER 11, 2010
Diplomatic Dynamics (45)

Trilateral Talks Not Viable

Trilateral talks to resolve differences between China and Japan are wishful thinking by the United States, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu.

At a meeting in Hanoi, Viet Nam, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed strengthening cooperation between China, Japan and the United States for the peace and development of the Asia-Pacific region. But trilateral talks are only a U.S. proposal, Ma said on November 2.

China will make full use of current regional dialogue and cooperation mechanisms, while rendering them more effective, he added.

Territorial disputes over the Diaoyu Islands are between China and Japan. It is wrong for the United States to claim the Diaoyu Islands fall within the scope of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, Ma said.

He earlier said the U.S.-Japan security treaty, a bilateral agreement reached during the Cold War, should not harm the interests of third parties, including China.

UN Chief Visits China

China has called on the UN to better fulfill its mission against a backdrop of tumultuous developments in the world community.

While meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Beijing on November 1, Chinese President Hu Jintao said the UN should continue to promote democracy in international relations by advocating multilateralism.

It should also redouble efforts to implement the Millennium Development Goals, while trying to play a greater role in international affairs, Hu said.

China will always support the work of the UN and its chief. At the same time, it will remain committed to building a "harmonious world with lasting peace and common prosperity," he added.

Ban began his China trip in Shanghai on October 30. Before heading for Beijing, he attended the closing ceremony of the 2010 World Expo and delivered a speech at the World Expo Summit Forum.

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