|Chinese FM Spokesperson: We Hope the Australian Side Could Safeguard the Safety and Legitimate Rights and Interests of Chinese Citizens in Australia|
At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on 3 March, spokesperson Wang Wenbin answered a question on a survey of the Lowy Institute on March 2 about racism and discrimination in Australia.
Journalist: According to a survey of the Lowy Institute on March 2, 18% of Chinese-Australians have been physically threatened or attacked because of their heritage in the past year, while 37% reported negative treatment. The majority said the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of Australia-China relations had contributed to that experience. There are also reports that lawmakers of Chinese origin subjected to racist attack. Do you have any comment?
Wang Wenbin: I have noted relevant survey and reports. For quite some time, there has been continuous discrimination in Australia against people of Asian origins, including overseas Chinese, which poses serious threats to the safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens in Australia. We are deeply concerned about this. The Chinese government previously issued a travel advisory and an alert for Chinese students going to study in Australia, hoping that Chinese citizens in Australia will take precautions for their own safety. At the same time, we hope that the Australian side will own up to the problem, make their people better citizens, solve the problems of racism and discrimination at home and safeguard the safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens in Australia.