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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference on April 1, 2010

On the afternoon of April 1, 2010, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang held a regular press conference and answered questions.

Qin Gang: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I have four announcements to start with.

First, President Hu Jintao will be invited to attend the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington from April 12 to 13, attend the second official meeting of BRIC Summit in Brasilia and pay a state visit to Brazil from April 14 to 17, pay a state visit to Venezuela from 17 to 18 and pay a working visit to Chile on April 18.

Second, Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya will go to Seoul on April 5 for the Second China-ROK Foreign Ministry High-Level Strategic Dialogue with First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Shin Kak-soo. They will have broad and in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations and important international and regional issues of mutual interest.

Third, at the invitation of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Steven Vanackere, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Institutional Reform  of Belgium, will pay an official visit to China from April 5 to 7.

Fourth, at the invitation of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Luis Amado, Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal will pay an official visit to China from April 8 to 10.

Now the floor is open.

Q: What are the main topics for discussion at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington? What is China's expectation of the Summit? What initiatives or proposals will President Hu make at the Summit?

A: The Nuclear Security Summit will focus on the threat of nuclear terrorism and the corresponding measures of different countries and the international community. This important multilateral Summit has gained the attention of all parties. As far as I know, leaders or representatives of more than 40 countries and heads of the UN, the IAEA, the EU and other international and regional organizations will be invited to the summit.

China attaches importance to nuclear security, opposes nuclear proliferation and terrorism and supports international cooperation in this regard. We hope the summit will pool consensus on nuclear security among different countries and generate positive results.

Q: After the two bombings in the Moscow subway, does China have any plan to enhance anti-terrorism cooperation with Russia and other countries? What specific measures will China take to enhance the cooperation?

A: After the terrorist bombings in the Moscow subway, the Chinese Government immediately reacted to and strongly condemned the action. Chinese leaders have sent telegraphs of condolences to their Russian counterparts. China condemns terrorism of all forms and supports the efforts by the Russian Government and people to counter terrorism and maintain national security and social stability. China and Russia are strategic partners of coordination and anti-terrorism and security are important parts of the bilateral cooperation. In recent years, both in bilateral scope and within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, our two countries have conducted fruitful cooperation in anti-terrorism and security fields, like the joint anti-terrorism exercises and regular consultation mechanism between security and law enforcement authorities. We would like to enhance cooperation with Russia in anti-terrorism and security to jointly counter the "three forces" and safeguard peace and tranquility of the two countries and the region.

Q: I have two questions. First, please brief us on the main topics at the BRIC Summit. What is China's expectation of President Hu's attendance to the Summit? How does China think to enhance cooperation among the four countries? What proposals will President Hu raise at the Summit? Second, would you please share with us the purpose, significance and your expectation of President Hu's visit to Brazil, Venezuela and Chile?

A: The second formal meeting of the BRIC leaders will focus on the world economic and financial situation, G20 related affairs, reform of international financial institutions, climate change and cooperation of the four countries. China attaches importance to the meeting and hopes it can focus on major global issues with a view to jointly promoting world economic recovery and sustainable growth, enhancing practical cooperation among the four countries and upholding common interest in the spirit of mutual benefit.

China has been participating in the cooperation among the four countries in a proactive, pragmatic, open and transparent way. We believe that exchanging views on major issues concerning international economy and development and boosting practical