Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks
2020/09/16

AFP: A recent report by the ABC claims that Australian federal police intercepted the communications of Chinese diplomats based in Australia as part of a foreign interference investigation into Australian MP. Does China have any comment and can you confirm this? Second, the fashion retailer H&M ended its relationship a Chinese supplier over allegations of forced labor in Xinjiang. Do you have a comment on this and how can China ensure that there is no forced labor in the Xinjiang supply chain?

Wang Wenbin: Regarding the first question, we noticed this report. The Chinese consulate general in Sydney has stated our position. The Chinese diplomatic missions in Australia have been observing international law and basic norms governing international relations, and committed to facilitating friendly exchange and practical cooperation between the two sides. Certain media’s claim of “the consulate general and its officials are involved in infiltration” is just a malicious slander. China deplores and strongly opposes that.

I’d like to stress once again that China pursues an independent foreign policy of peace. We have never conducted and will never conduct any interference or infiltration against another country. This is not in our genes. Some in Australia are doing whatever they can to fan up anti-China sentiments and catch eyeballs by smearing and attacking China, which only poisons China-Australia relations. We urge some in Australia to reject their Cold-War mentality and ideological bias, stop politicizing or stigmatizing the normal fulfillment of duty by Chinese diplomatic missions in Australia, and stop creating new obstacles in bilateral relations.

On your second question, I took a similar question yesterday. Under the pretext of forced labor, the relevant country took restrictive measures against Chinese companies, which we firmly oppose. This is a political maneuver that violates international trade rules and sabotages global industrial, supply and value chains.

 

Reuters: An Australian government lawyer today formally named China as the “foreign state” under investigation by police for an alleged plot to influence Australian politics. Do you have a comment on this investigation into this “foreign interference” by Australian police?

Wang Wenbin: Like I said, some in Australia are doing whatever they can to fan up anti-China sentiments and catch eyeballs by smearing and attacking China, which only poisons China-Australia relations. It is a despicable practice that does no good to bilateral ties. China pursues an independent foreign policy of peace. We have never conducted and will never conduct any interference or infiltration against another country. We urge some in Australia to stop stigmatizing China.

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