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UPDATED: 08:58, January 12, 2007
Japan's arms claim is 'groundless'
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Beijing yesterday rejected Japan's assertion that lifting of the arms embargo by the European Union (EU) against China would threaten peace in East Asia, describing it as "groundless".

Speaking at a regular news briefing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said: "The idea behind China's demand that the EU remove the embargo is to eradicate political discrimination."

Liu was referring to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, when Abe said the EU's lifting of arms exports to China would affect East Asian security.

"Such an assertion is groundless," Liu said, noting the EU should make an early and right decision.

"Current China-Japan relations are at a new starting point and China hopes the Japanese side would make efforts conducive to bilateral relations instead of the opposite," he said.

China has been asking the EU to lift the embargo imposed since 1989.

Resolution on Myanmar

Commenting on a US-proposed UN resolution on Myanmar, Liu said China is "resolutely" opposed to the intervention of the UN Security Council in Myanmar.

The US introduced a resolution on Tuesday calling Myanmar's policies a serious risk to regional peace and urged its government to immediately free all political prisoners.

"We believe the Myanmar question is a purely internal affair of Myanmar," Liu said. "The situation there does not pose any threat to regional and international peace and security, so China is firmly against the interference of the UN Security Council."

Neighboring countries of Myanmar and some non-aligned countries hold identical views, he said.

Liu said constructive help is needed to solve the Myanmar issue.

The international community should support the special envoys of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the UN Secretary-General in mediation efforts, and encourage the government of Myanmar to continue its cooperation with the international community.

Liu urged concerned nations to act discreetly and responsibly to avoid further complicating the situation in Myanmar.

Source: China Daily

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