Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks

Beijing Daily: According to a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), a unit in China engages thousands of organizations to collect intelligence, making efforts to influence Chinese communities around the world and foreign elites to advance Beijing's interests, which requires heightened vigilance from democratic countries. Do you have any comment on that report?

Hua Chunying: I don't know what is the basis of this ASPI report, but I do know that some in Australia revealed in an article that this institute has long been receiving funds from the US government and arms dealers, and has been enthusiastic about cooking up and sensationalizing anti-China topics. It is so imbued in ideological prejudice that it becomes an anti-China "vanguard", which leads to serious doubt on its academic integrity. It has also fabricated a fallacious report on so-called "Xinjiang-related issues", making it a laughing stock in the world.

China has been developing foreign relations based on principles of mutual respect and non-interference in each other's internal affairs. Intervention has never been in the "genes" of China's diplomacy, and never the type of thing we are good at. We hope external forces will stop hyping up such matters.

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