Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks
2020/11/05

Bloomberg: China announced that "our aim is to turn the China market into a market for the world, a market shared by all, and a market accessible to all", but these words come as China prepares to ban copper and sugar from Australia. Australia's wine industry is also bracing for restrictions. Australian timber and barley also face hurdles in China. My question is, how will China's actions be consistent with the messages it sent?

Wang Wenbin: I'm glad you were following President Xi's keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the third China International Import Expo (CIIE) yesterday. As scheduled and confident in the containment protocols that have been put in place, China is hosting this global trade event. It demonstrates China's sincere desire to share its market opportunities with the world and contribute to global economic recovery. Like you said, President Xi noted in his speech that China will steadfastly expand all-round opening up and explore more efficient ways to connect domestic and foreign markets and share factors of production and resources. Our aim is to turn the China market into a market for the world, a market shared by all, and a market accessible to all. This is not only our statement but also a concrete action. Despite the pandemic, the number of Fortune 500 companies participating in the third CIIE is basically the same as in the previous ones, and the exhibition area is even larger. All this speaks volume that China is making steady progress in opening up and cooperation.

As for the Australian exports to China that you asked about, we responded to similar questions on multiple occasions. The Chinese competent authorities' measures on foreign imports are in line with Chinese laws and regulations and international customary practices. They protect the safety of consumers and the legitimate rights and interests of domestic industries, and are consistent with the free trade agreement between China and Australia.

I'd like to reemphasize that a sound and stable China-Australia relationship serves the fundamental interests of the two peoples, and mutual respect is the foundation and guarantee of practical cooperation between countries. We hope Australia can do more to enhance mutual trust and bilateral cooperation, as the China-Australia comprehensive strategic partnership calls for, and bring the bilateral relations back to the right track as early as possible.

 

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