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 18/ 06/ 2002
Foreign Ministry Spokesmanís Press Conference


(...) Q: US Defense Secretary Rumsfeld suggested giving more power to CIA to facilitate
            its actions to overthrow the Saddam regime. Whatís Chinaís position on the US policy
            towards Iraq? 

            A: On the issue of Iraq, China has always believed that Iraq should earnestly implement relevant
            resolutions of the UNís Security Council, yet the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq
            should be thoroughly respected. We have always maintained that to deal with state-to-state
            relations, we should abide by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and norms
            governing international relations. We oppose willful use or threat of force in international
            relations. (...)