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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on China's Entry Ban on Two Australian Academics

2020-09-25

Reuters: The Global Times reported that two Australian academics, Clive Hamilton and Alex Joske, have been barred from entering China. What's the foreign ministry's comment?

Wang Wenbin: Whether or not to grant entry to foreign nationals is a matter of sovereignty. Foreign nationals are welcome to China for work, study or other purposes. We hope they will faithfully represent China's national conditions and domestic and foreign policies and work to promote the mutual understanding between China and the rest of the world. That being said, we are firmly opposed to behaviors that use academic study as a cover to spread disinformation, deliberately attack China and endanger China's national security.

China's position on developing relations with Australia is consistent and clear. A sound and stable relationship serves the fundamental interests of the two countries. The crux of the current difficulties in China-Australia relations is the Australian side's repeated erroneous words and deeds on issues concerning China's core interests including sovereignty and territorial integrity and its wanton restrictions on normal exchange and cooperation between the two sides, which gravely harmed mutual trust. We urge certain people in Australia to reject Cold War mentality and ideological bias, see China in an objective and rational light, stop smearing and vilifying China, and work to enhance mutual understanding and trust, not the contrary.

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