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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Remarks on the reports of Australian Foreign Policy White Paper

Q: According to reports, the Australian government has released a foreign policy white paper that says China is filling a security void in the region and that as it does so, dangers are rising. The white paper warns about risks in the South China Sea and on cyber security. It suggests that China will not follow the "rules-based order"in place since World War II. What is the Chinese government's comment?

A: We have noted that the white paper issued by the Australian government has given an overall positive evaluation of China's development and China-Australia relations but made irresponsible remarks on the South China Sea issue. We are gravely concerned about this.

You just mentioned the situation in the South China Sea. In fact, all those fair-minded persons are aware that the situation in the South China Sea has been stabilized and eased. Australia is not a party of the South China Sea issue, and has kept saying it takes no stance on the relevant territorial sovereignty disputes. We urge the Australian side to honor its commitment and stop irresponsible remarks on the South China Sea issue. In particular, the littoral countries of the South China Sea, namely China and the ASEAN countries, have reached consensus on the "dual-track"approach, that is to say, the parties directly concerned peacefully resolve the dispute through dialogue and negotiation, and China and the ASEAN countries join efforts to uphold peace and stability in the South China Sea. Now regional countries are moving in this direction and we hope non-regional countries can respect such efforts.

As to what you mentioned with regard to whether China follows the "rules-based order" in place since World War II, I would like to remind them that the post-WWII rules and order as we speak should be those ones generally acknowledged by the international community rather than defined unilaterally by any certain country. On China's part, what we have always observed are the rules based on the purpose and principle of the UN Charter, not those ones unilaterally defined by any country.

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