Premier Wen says diplomatic snub against China in Copenhagen "still a mystery"

13:29, March 14, 2010      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Sunday that the rebukes against the Chinese delegation during last year's Copenhagen climate summit were "still a mystery."

Wen said he and the Chinese delegation hadn't received any invitation to a small-scope meeting between several countries' leaders on Dec. 17 despite that China was on the list of the meeting's participating countries.

"We haven't received any explanation until now. It's still a mystery to me," Wen said.

Wen made the remarks when being asked to comment on his "decision not to attend a key meeting" before the Copenhagen climate change summit and the Chinese delegation to the Copenhagen conference being perceived as "arrogant."

Wen said he learned from a European country's leader, at a banquet hosted by Danish Queen, about the meeting that would be held later in the evening.

"I was shocked as I had received no notification that China was invited," he said.

He immediately told the Chinese delegation to check and confirmed that no notification had been received.

"Even though, I decided to send Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei to the meeting on behalf of the Chinese delegation," he said.

Source: Xinhua
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