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CHECKPOINTS ON CHINESE-KYRGYZ BORDER OPERATING

RIA Novosti

BEIJING, March 29 (RIA Novosti) - Checkpoints on the Chinese-Kyrgyz border have been functioning normally, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said at a media briefing Tuesday.

Commenting on the situation in Kyrgyzstan, Jianchao expressed hope that the situation in Kyrgyzstan would stabilize as soon as possible and public order would return to normal.

"We hope good-neighborly relations between China and Kyrgyzstan will be preserved," Jianchao said.

He also said 10 Chinese nationals had been wounded during the disturbances in Kyrgyzstan. Three had been hospitalized.

"Their lives are not in danger," he said.

He did not comment on the regime change in Kyrgyzstan, calling it "an internal affair of Kyrgyzstan."

According to Jianchao, Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing had talked by phone on March 29 with his counterparts in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The diplomat also hoped for the stabilization of the situation in Kyrgyzstan.

Jianchao avoided talking about instability spreading across Central Asia and emphasized that Beijing believed the fight against terrorism, extremism and separatism is in keeping with the core interests of the Central Asian countries, China and Russian.

"We hope for practical cooperation among all of the countries in this area," he said.



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