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Remarks by the Spokesperson of the Chinese Consulate General in Sydney

2019-08-23

The Chinese Consulate General in Sydney is concerned about the decision of the NSW Department of Education to end its Confucius Institute program and demands a clarification from the latter.

The NSW Department of Education's Confucius Institute program was established by the Chinese and NSW sides in line with the principles of mutual respect, friendly consultation, equality and mutual benefit. The cooperation is legal and legitimate as well as open and transparent. Over the years, the program has enhanced the people-to-people exchanges and promoted mutual understanding and friendship between two sides, and are widely welcomed by the NSW people.

Taking note of the NSW Department of Education's willingness to continue and strengthen the teaching of Chinese language, the Chinese side hopes that the NSW side will hold an objective view of the positive role of the Confucius Institute program, refrain from politicizing normal people-to-people exchanges, and take practical measures to promote the friendly and cooperative relations between the two sides.

On the so-called political influence through Confucius Institute programs, China has been always committed to developing relations with other countries based on principles of mutual respect and non-interference in each other's internal affairs. It is noted that the relevant review by the NSW Department of Education found no evidence of actual political influence through its Confucius Institute program. We hope relevant parties will discard their ideological prejudice and view China's development and foreign policy in an objective and rational manner.

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