Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on Australia's establishing a new task force at its universities
2019/08/29

Q: Australia moves to counter foreign influence at its universities, establishing a new task force to help protect sensitive research, cyber defenses and free speech, with many saying that this was aimed at China's infiltration and influence. Does China have any comment?

A: As we responded to many similar questions before, "China's infiltration in Australia" and other accusations simply have no basis at all.

Practical cooperation and people-to-people exchange between China and Australia on the basis of mutual trust and mutual benefit have boosted our mutual understanding and met the interests of both. Politicizing educational cooperation and setting up obstacles will do no good and gain no popularity. We hope Australia will view its cooperation with China in an objective manner, cherish the outcomes and make more efforts towards boosting friendship and trust between our two countries.

(Source: Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on August 28, 2019)

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