Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks
2020/11/27

Shenzhen TV: We noticed that an article published recently by Australian media exposed the exchange of interests and collusion between the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and its foreign sponsors. According to this article, funding from the U.S. Department of State, ASPI's biggest sponsor, skyrocketed to almost AU$1.4 million over the previous fiscal year, representing a 367 percent increase, and all the funds were in some way directed to research projects attacking China. I wonder if you have any comment on this?

Zhao Lijian: I also read this article titled "Agency of Foreign Influence". In fact, my colleagues and I responded to ASPI-related matters many times, and this is not even the first time that the true color of ASPI is revealed by Chinese and foreign media. Truth is sharpened by debate and facts emerge clearer from discussions. The world already knows clearly whether this so-called "institute" conducts independent research or speaks lies and disinformation to serve the interests of its sponsors. I'd like to add that ASPI will only inflict humiliation on itself and become a laughing stock no matter how hard it tries to put on a show.

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