|Chinese FM Spokesperson's Remarks on the News Report that Chinese Companies and Ports Are Told to Stop Importing Australian Coal|
Journalist: On the Australian coal issue, Chinese power stations, steel mills and ports have been told to stop taking in Australian coal, Bloomberg reported citing people familiar with the matter. What is the purpose of these orders? And how does China respond to Australian concerns that the import controls are retribution for diplomatic disputes?
Zhao Lijian: I've also taken note of relevant reports. I'll refer you to competent authorities for the specifics.
As we've repeatedly stated, China's position on developing relations with Australia is consistent and clear. Sound and stable China-Australia ties serve the common interests of both, but it takes efforts from both sides. We hope Australia can work together with China for the same goal, uphold mutual respect and equality, and do more things conducive to advancing bilateral cooperation and mutual trust and in keeping with the two sides' comprehensive strategic partnership.