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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's remarks on China-Australia Relations
2018/05/23

Q: Australian businesses have encountered difficulties amid problems in the China-Australia relations, and the Australian wine exported has been held up at Chinese customs. The Chinese media today urged a ban on Australian wine and beef imports. Is there any directive from the Chinese government for Australian wine exports to be restricted by the customs? How would you characterize the meeting between State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Australian counterpart Bishop in Argentina recently?

A: We usually don't comment on media's opinions. As to the specifics concerning the inspection and clearance of Australian wine at Chinese customs, I would like to refer you to the General Administration of Customs. According to our information at hand, the Chinese customs and the inspection and quarantine department are handling the relevant applications with normal procedures. The relevant departments of the two sides have all along stayed in communication on the relevant issue with each other.

Regarding State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi's meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Argentina, the Chinese side has released detailed information, and I also talked about that yesterday. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi sent out a very clear message, and I would like to reiterate it:

The China-Australia relations have recently encountered difficulties, which leads to problems in our cooperation in some areas, and that is something China does not wish to see. Lately, senior Australian officials, including Ms. Bishop herself, have expressed their readiness to improve our bilateral relations and issued some correct statements on China's development. We hope the Australian side will translate the relevant remarks into concrete actions and create necessary conditions for the true improvement and sound and steady development of our ties. As I said yesterday, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi clarified on a fundamental and macro level that the Australian side must first of all address its problem of perception, put China's development in a positive perspective and truly take China's development as a positive factor, instead of looking at China through tinted glasses. Once the problem of perception addressed, the necessary conditions for the true improvement and sound and steady development of China-Australia relations will be created.

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