China calls for comprehensive implementation of UN Resolution 1803; China hopes to resolve dumpling incident with Japan; PLA generals call for vigilance against Taiwan independence forces
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  • The Chinese Foreign Ministry has expressed the hope that the United Nations (UN) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) resolutions on the Iranian nuclear issue could be sincerely and comprehensively implemented. Through UNSC Resolution 1803, various restrictions were imposed on Iran: curbs on dual-use items, export credit, financial monitoring, cargo inspections on aircraft and vessels, etc. Though China voted for the Resolution, its Foreign Ministry has said that “the resolution is not aimed at punishing Iran, but promoting the resumption of negotiation and thus to reactivate a new round of diplomatic efforts1.”

    Qin Gang, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, said that China hopes to work with Japan to amicably resolve a recent incident of poisoned dumplings. At a regular press conference, he said that the incident was an “individual deliberate case and the investigation was ongoing.” Japanese media had reported in January that some people fell ill after consuming frozen meat dumplings produced by Tianyang Food Plant, based in north China’s Hebei Province2.

    On the security front, while attending the 11th National People’s Congress (NPC), General Guo Boxiong, Vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) said that “we should make utmost efforts with greatest sincerity to safeguard and promote the peaceful and stable development of cross-Straits relations, and strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification.” He stressed upon the fact that the Chinese military should be vigilant against the secessionist activities of “Taiwanese independence” forces, and strive hard for the prospect of China’s peaceful reunification3.

    In a bilateral initiative, experts from China and Russia have started an annual water quality examination on four rivers and a lake across their border to strengthen pollution control. Both countries share about 3,500 kilometres of trans-border water bodies including the four rivers and the lake. In 2006, a Joint Monitoring Plan on Border Rivers was signed by the two countries, after a chemical spill contaminated the Songhua River, the largest tributary of the Heilongjiang River, forcing the suspension of water supplies to 3.8 million people for several weeks in 20054.