12th round of Special Representatives talk held in Beijing; Beijing hopes Iran crisis is resolved through dialogue and consultation; China supports UN observer missions’ duties in Georgia; Wen Jiabao meets chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed of Bangladesh
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  • China and India in Beijing, Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping expressed the hope that a fair and reasonable settlement of the boundary issue would be found. Xi told National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan that both the countries “should maintain peace and tranquility in the border area before the boundary issue is resolved”. While NSA Narayanan led the Indian delegation, the Chinese side was led by Dai Bingquo1.

    Li Yuanchao, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and head of the Organisation Department of the CPC Central Committee, in his meeting with C.K. Chandrappan of the Communist Party of India (CPI) expressed the hope that the two parties would “maintain frequent contacts and strengthen exchanges of experiences to contribute to deepening the reciprocal cooperation between the two nations and the cause of each other.” The CPC had also appreciated CPI’s stand on the Tibet protest issue2.

    Beijing has urged concerned parties involved in the Iranian nuclear crisis to resolve the issue through dialogue and consultation. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu stated that China “had noticed that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had released a report on Iran’s nuclear issue, and China appreciated IAEA’s effort in solving the problem3.”

    The Chinese government also expressed its support to the UN observer missions’ duties in Georgia, noting that since its establishment, the UN mission had played a significant role in maintaining peace and stability in Abkhazia. The UN mission was sent to Georgia in August 1993 under UNSC Resolution 858 to supervise the implementation of the cease-fire agreement between Georgia and Abkhazia. On the current proposal to send peace-keeping forces to South Ossetia, foreign ministry spokeswoman stated that China was considering the proposal and had noted the situation4.

    Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with the Chief Advisor to the Bangladesh government Fakhruddin Ahmed in Beijing and noted that China was ready to adopt new measures for the further development of bilateral trade and economic cooperation. Both the countries signed several agreements regarding their bilateral ties during the course of Mr. Ahmed’s visit5.

    Reports noted that the pipeline designed to transport Turkmenistan’s natural gas to China would go into operation as scheduled. In June, China and Turkmenistan had jointly launched the 10,000 km pipeline project starting from Turkimenistan’s Amu-darya River region, passing through Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and winding its way to east and south China. The pipeline will have an annual transmission capacity of 40 billion cubic meters and will be operational for 30 years6.

    In Taiwan, Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andrew Hsia expressed disappointment over rejection of Taiwan’s fresh bid to participate at the United Nations. He however added that Taiwan understands “that it is very difficult at this stage.” Following Ma Ying-jeou’s ‘modus vivendi’ diplomatic strategy, Taiwan asked the UN to consider its meaningful participation in UN-affiliated agencies rather than full UN membership7.