Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on the Groundless Allegation Reports of Australian Media

Q: First, lately some Australian media have been accusing China of intimidating Professor Brady of Canterbury University, New Zealand, claiming Chinese security services were suspectedly involved in her burglary cases. On April 9, New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern in an interview said such claims were "completely wrong" and that she received no advice identifying the involvement of any Chinese security service. Do you have any comment? Second, we noted that Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said that the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China is a initiative for international cooperation with deep insight. As the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation is just around the corner, how do you understand the prospect for international organizations' participation in the Belt and Road?

A: We have noticed these reports and the remarks by Prime Minister Ardern. This fully proves that certain Australian media's attacks against China are just baseless rumors. Such ploys to smear China could barely stand up to any scrutiny. Any unbiased person will make a responsible judgment. Once again we advise certain media in Australia to honor professional ethics, stop making irresponsible comments, and instead, contribute to mutual trust and friendship between countries.

Regarding your second question, the recognition and support for the Belt and Road Initiative are now becoming the mainstream among the international community. Now, 125 countries and 29 international organizations have signed BRI cooperation documents with China. The effective complementarity between the Belt and Road Initiative and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has formed a policy synergy to promote global common development.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on many occasions, including the time when he was visiting China last September, that the UN agrees with and supports the Belt and Road Initiative and that it is of great significance to the UN's goal of reducing the poverty population globally. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said that the Belt and Road Initiative is a positive initiative to the UN and he hopes that China will inspire more countries to get on the path towards prosperity and stability. Heads of UN bodies, including Executive Director of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), also commended the Belt and Road Initiative.

Under the BRI, we are ready to work with other participants to enhance regional interconnectivity, promote world economic growth, address global challenges and achieve common prosperity.

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