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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on the Australian Media's China-Related Reports
2017/06/05

Q: I wonder what is your response to reports today by the Australian media that the Chinese government backs Chinese students that harass, intimidate and threaten other students at Australian universities, and also that the Chinese government is operating a network of spies that threatens Australia's national sovereignty.

A: I understand you are working with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where this report originated. I wonder how much credit you give to this report. What's told in the report is totally unfounded and irresponsible, and not worth refuting. I want to stress two points: first, China commits itself to conducting friendly exchanges and practical cooperation with Australia on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. The development of China-Australia relations has brought tangible benefits to the two peoples and served the common interests of the two sides; second, China urges the relevant Australian media to abide by the professional ethics of journalism, discard ideological bias and report on China's development and China-Australia relations in an objective and fair manner. Your reports should encourage friendly exchanges, mutual understanding and trust, and greater cooperation between the two peoples instead of creating obstacles for China-Australia relations.

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