Related: Abuse of Chinese woman spark
Malaysia vows no cover-up of Chinese
BEIJING, Nov. 29 (Xinhuanet) -- China has asked
Malaysia to conduct immediate investigation into and punish offenders involved
in the assault and humiliation of Chinese citizens in Malaysia, a Foreign
Ministry spokesman said here Tuesday.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry and Embassy in Malaysia
have expressed grave concern about reports of Chinese citizens being assaulted
and humiliated in Malaysia, and made strong representations to the Malaysian
government, demanding immediate investigation into and stern punishment of the
offenders, said spokesman Liu Jianchao.
Among the cases, a
woman, believed to be a Chinese national, was forced to do squats in front of a
woman in police uniform in a room with some lookers. The scene was videotaped
and shown to Malaysian ministers and parliament members as evidence, Malaysian
national news agency Bernama reported on Friday.
|An undated combo video clip
purportedly showing a female Chinese woman being stripped and mistreated
at a police station in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had
reportedly asked the police authorities not to "hide" any facts in the probe
into the video footage. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razakalso said
that Malaysia would carry out a thorough investigation into the video evidence
and would not protect the perpetrators, according to Bernama.
"The Chinese government has always considered it
important to protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens
from being violated," Liu said at a routine press conference.
The Chinese side has noticed the promise of senior
Malaysian officials to investigate the cases earnestly, Liu said.
He stressed "China will continue to urge Malaysia to
investigate and deal with these cases in a serious and just manner and bring the
trouble makers to justice so as to really protect the dignity and safety of
Chinese citizens and prevent such cases from recurring."
In response to a question on Malaysian Minister of
Interior Azmi Khalid's possible visit to China, Liu said the two countries have
been discussing details for the "important visit" on an date that is proper for
China welcomes Khalid to come for a visit, which will
play a positive role in pushing forward bilateral cooperation in certain fields,
the spokesman said.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced last Thursday
that Premier Wen Jiabao will pay an official visit to Malaysia in mid-December.
UN chief to visit China
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Kofi Annan will
pay an official visit to China from Dec. 4 to 7 at the invitation of the Chinese
government, announced Liu.
This will be Annan's 7th visit to China since he assumed office, and the two sides will exchange ideas
on international and regional issues of common interest and the cooperation
between China and the UN, Liu said.
China, US to hold 2nd
Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo and US
Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick will hold the Second China-US
Strategic Dialogue in Washington from Dec. 7 to 8, Liu said.
On the basis of the First China-US Strategic Dialogue
held in August this year, the two sides will make more in-depth exchanges of
views on major issues concerning Sino-US relations.
UN torture rapporteur's
China tour "smooth"
The current China visit by Manfred Novak, special
rapporteur on torture of the UN Human Rights Commission, is "smooth", according
Liu said that Novak has met and held talks with
officials of China's ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Public Security
and the Supreme People's Procuratorate over the past few days.
Novak visited some houses of detention and talked
with NGO personnel, lawyers and scholars, Liu said, adding that Novak will also
visit Tibet Autonomous Region and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
At the invitation of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, Novak arrived in China on Nov. 21 for a visit which will last until
China to reduce slick
impact on downstream Russia
China is taking various measures to minimize the
impact that the toxic spill pollution in the Songhua River may have on Russia's
far east region, Liu said.
Both the Chinese and Russian governments attach great
importance to the incident and hope it does not cast a shadow on China-Russia
relations, according to Liu.
Liu said China has always responsibly handled issues
of its border rivers with other countries.
"China will take into consideration the concerns and
interests of the countries downstream of the rivers whenever it takes actionin
the upper stream," added Liu.
A blast at a northeast China chemical plant on
November 13 sentan 80-kilometer-long slick of benzene into the Songhua River,
which flows through China's Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces and then into
Russia's far east region.
Liu said China has closely watched the situation and
began to provide Russia with relevant information on November 22. Since last
Thursday, China has begun to inform Russia daily about its monitoring.
The spokesman reaffirmed that China will try its best
to take all measures to reduce the possible bad impact on Russia.
State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA)
Deputy Director Zhang Lijun held talks Monday night with a Russian Delegation of
Khabarovsk Environmental Protection Bureau on dealing with the pollution
Zhang informed the delegation in detail of the river
pollution,including the sorts of pollutants, the density and the location ofthe
pollution belt, and sent the Russia a set of benzene quick-detecting devices.
The spokesman also said SEPA welcomes cooperation
with international organizations. Enditem