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Chinses FM Spokesperson: The Australian Side Should Take Concrete Actions to Correct Their Mistakes

2020-11-19

At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on November 18, Spokesperson Zhao Lijian answered a question about China-Australia relations.

Journalist: Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in a speech today that his government is ready to engage with the Chinese government in a respectful and mutually beneficial dialogue. He also said that his government has reached out at every possible level and pathway to the Chinese government but has been rebuffed. Under what circumstances would China restart ministerial-level dialogue with Australia?

Zhao Lijian: We have talked a lot about our position on issues relating to China-Australia relations in recent days. Whether in Beijing or in Canberra, the communication channels between the two sides are open and unfettered. But I have to stress that mutual respect and equal treatment is the basis for practical cooperation between any countries.

The Australian side is very clear with the crux of the deteriorating bilateral ties. The root cause is Australia's repeated wrong acts and remarks on issues concerning China's core interests and major concerns as well as its provocative and confrontational actions.

Those who have caused problems should be the ones to solve problems. The Australian side should take concrete actions to correct their mistakes, do more to enhance mutual trust and bilateral cooperation, act in line with the requirements of China-Australia comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, and create favorable atmosphere and conditions for bilateral cooperation in various fields.

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