Remarks by the Embassy's Spokesperson Regarding China's Status as a Developing Country

The assertion of China being a “newly developed economy” by the Australian side doesn’t hold much water. It is both one-sided and unfair. And it is basically an echo of what the US has claimed.

It is true that China, through its own efforts, has made remarkable achievements in economic and social development over the past decades and become the world's second largest economy.

However, there is still a big gap between China and the developed countries in terms of overall development level. China still has a long way to go to achieve full modernization.

China's per capita GDP is less than US$10,000, only equivalent to 15.6% of that of the US and 17% of Australia, ranking behind the 70th in the world. We are still facing the challenge of unbalanced development and underdevelopment. The problems of low development quality and low efficiency remain unsolved.

In a comprehensive analysis, China is still a developing country, which is widely acknowledged by the international community.

As the biggest developing country, China will continue to actively assume its international obligations commensurate with its level of development and economic capability, and will as always help other developing countries to achieve common development.

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