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Chinese FM Spokesperson: The Key Lies in the Australian Side in Order to Get out of the Bilateral Relations Predicament

2020-11-13

At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on November 12, Spokesperson Wang Wenbin answered a question about China-Australia Relations.

Journalist: Further to your answer about Australia. You said that Australia should do more to improve relations with China and the relationship should be based on mutual respect. What are the actions you are looking for from Australia that are necessary to improve relations?

Wang Wenbin: China's position on developing China-Australia relations is consistent and clear. The reason why China-Australia relations are in a difficult situation is very clear. Over a period of time, the Australian side has repeatedly spoken and acted out of turn on issues concerning China's core interests like Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan and grossly interfered in China's internal affairs in blatant violation of the basic norms governing international relations, In the absence of any evidence, some people in Australia slandered and accused China of engaging in so-called "intervention and infiltration activities" in Australia, and they sought to politicize, stigmatize and create barriers for normal exchanges and cooperation between China and Australia. These practices have seriously damaged the mutual trust between the two countries, poisoned the atmosphere of bilateral relations, and clipped the developing momentum of China-Australia relations.

Let him who tied the bell on the tiger take it off. One's fault should be amended by oneself. In order to get out of the predicament, the key lies in Australia facing squarely the crux of the current setback, looking at China and China's development objectively and rationally, handling bilateral relations in accordance with the principles of mutual respect and equal treatment, and doing more things conducive to enhancing mutual trust and promoting pragmatic cooperation between the two countries.

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