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UPDATED: 10:49, October 27, 2004
China to severely punish those behind embassy intruding: FM spokeswoman
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China will severely punish those responsible for recent break ins into diplomatic institutions and foreign schools in Beijing, ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said Tuesday.

A number of people reportedly attempted to break into the embassy of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and an ROK school in Beijing recently.

Zhang said some of those intruders even resorted to violence during their attempt.

Such activities threaten the safety of both foreign and Chinese staff, are a serious breach of China's laws and harm the country's security and stability, she said.

They also greatly disturb normal operations in the diplomatic institutions and foreign schools.

She said the break-ins were organized by self-proclaimed foreign religious and human rights organizations.

The Chinese Government will severely punish such "snake heads," she said.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Government will treat the illegal intruders according to related international and domestic laws and with the principle of humanism.

China, Japan talks on sea border advance
Talks between China and Japan over sea demarcation in the East China Sea on Monday were constructive. The talks in Beijing were meaningful and both sides showed sincerity and a constructive attitude, said Zhang

"We hold that a fair solution to the issue should be sought through negotiations based on the United Nations (UN) Law of the Sea Convention," Zhang said.

Japan has unilaterally demarcated a controversial exclusive economic zone along the median line. It holds that the line is determined by the two countries' coastlines.

However, China holds the line is determined by the continental shelf on China's side, over which China claims exclusive rights.

Both China and Japan have a right to claim 200 sea miles of water according to international law. However, the width of the East China Sea is less than 400 sea miles and the claims of the two sides overlapped and raised disputes.

Zhang reiterated at Tuesday's news briefing that China's oil and gas exploration efforts in the East China Sea are being carried out in China's indisputable coastal waters and are a matter within the scope of China's sovereignty.

Galileo program for civil purpose
China joined the EU-sponsored Galileo program for civil navigation use instead of military purposes. Zhang made the remarks for refuting a recent Business Week's article that the program is for military purpose.

According to Zhang, the Galileo program can expand and develop cooperation between China and the European Union in science and technology, trade and transport areas.

China has always adopted an independent foreign policy of peace and the mutually beneficial cooperation between China and EU aims to promote common development and target no third party, she said.

"We hope certain people to abandon the Cold War mentality," Zhang told a regular press conference.

Galileo System, with a budget of 3.4 billion euros, is aimed to build up a worldwide satellite navigation system. Up to now, EU has sighed cooperative agreements with Israel and China and carried out negotiations for cooperation with a number of other countries, including Russia, India, Brazil and Australia.

By People's Daily Online

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