Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Made Remarks on China coal imports and Cyber-security issues

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang responded to questions on China coal imports and Cyber-security issues in the Regular Press Conference on February 21.

Q: There have been reports by Reuters that Australian coal is being held offshore in ports to China, and that the port of Dalian has said they are not accepting any more coal. Do you know any information about this? Is this the result of or does this have anything to do with tensions or problems in the relationship between China and Australia, possibly over 5G or other issue?

A: According to the information I have, China's customs assesses the safety and quality of imported coal, analyzes possible risks, and conducts corresponding examination and inspection compliant with laws and regulations. By doing so, it can better safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese importers and protect the environment.


Q: I know that you said there has been a review of imported coal, but it seems to be affecting Australian coal specifically. So, is there any concern about Australian coal? And secondly, China Daily said today that Australian Prime Minister Morrison has implied that the cyber attack on the federal parliament in Australia could possibly come from China. Are these two cases linked in any way?

A: Regarding your question on the review of imported coal, as I said earlier, the Chinese customs conducts risk monitoring and analysis on the safety of imported coal in accordance with the laws and regulations and takes examination and inspection measures accordingly. I believe this is a normal practice.

As for your question on the so-called cyber attack, I gave my answer several days before. I can repeat it if you need me to.

With the cyberspace being a highly virtual one filled with multiple actors whose behaviors are difficult to trace, one should present abundant evidence when investigating and determining the nature of a cyberspace activity instead of making baseless speculations and firing indiscriminate shots at others. Cyber security should be upheld by all members of the international community as it is a global issue that concerns the common interests of all countries. China calls on the international community to deal with cyber security threats through dialogue and cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.

I would like to take this opportunity to add a few words on China-Australia relations. As we stressed many times before, a sound and stable China-Australia relationship serves the common interests of both countries and peoples. China hopes Australia can work with us to advance bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit.

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