Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks
2020/11/18

Phoenix TV: We have noticed that Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Suga and visiting Australian Prime Minister Morrison reached an agreement in principle on the Reciprocal Access Agreement on November 17, which was interpreted by the outside world as mainly targeting China. What is your comment?

Zhao Lijian: We have said on many occasions that relevant countries should develop bilateral relations that are conducive to regional peace, stability and mutual trust between regional countries. Such relationship should keep up with the trend of peace and development instead of targeting a third party or undermining its interests.

China deplores and firmly rejects the press statement released after the talk between Australian and Japanese leaders which launched groundless accusations against China and grossly interfered in China's internal affairs. We urge relevant countries to grasp the situation and stop the wrongdoings of undermining China's sovereign rights and interests and interfering in China's internal affairs.

 

Bloomberg: Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in a speech today that his government is ready to engage with the Chinese government in a respectful and mutually beneficial dialogue. He also said that his government has reached out at every possible level and pathway to the Chinese government but has been rebuffed. Under what circumstances would China restart ministerial-level dialogue with Australia?

Zhao Lijian: We have talked a lot about our position on issues relating to China-Australia relations in recent days. Whether in Beijing or in Canberra, the communication channels between the two sides are open and unfettered. But I have to stress that mutual respect and equal treatment is the basis for practical cooperation between any countries.

The Australian side is very clear with the crux of the deteriorating bilateral ties. The root cause is Australia's repeated wrong acts and remarks on issues concerning China's core interests and major concerns as well as its provocative and confrontational actions.

Those who have caused problems should be the ones to solve problems. The Australian side should take concrete actions to correct their mistakes, do more to enhance mutual trust and bilateral cooperation, act in line with the requirements of China-Australia comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, and create favorable atmosphere and conditions for bilateral cooperation in various fields.

 

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