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Chinese FM Spokesperson Zhao Lijian: Irrefutable evidence abound to prove Australia's operation of spying activities in China

2020-06-30

At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on June 29, Spokesperson Zhao Lijian answered a question about Australia’s espionage offenses against China.

Journalist: The Global Times reported today that Australia is waging an intensifying espionage offensive against China, by setting up intelligence stations in China, installing wiretaps in the Chinese Embassy in Canberra, deploying in China intelligence officers who have status as Australian diplomats, and instigating defection among Chinese nationals, which has seriously threatened China's national security. What is your comment?

Zhao Lijian: I have seen the report. There are a few points I'd like to stress.

First, the Five Eyes intelligence alliance has long engaged in cyber espionage, spying and surveillance on foreign governments, companies and individuals in violation of international law and basic norms for international relations. This is not a secret to anyone. And Australia, an important member of the Five Eyes, has been a fervent intelligence gatherer in relevant countries. I am afraid that what is revealed by the Global Times this time is just the "tip of the iceberg".

Second, some people and media in Australia are enthusiastic about producing such sensational stories as "China spying on and infiltrating Australia", yet they can not justify their stories with any solid evidence. In contrast, irrefutable evidence abound to prove Australia's operation of spying activities in China. They steal information and data from other countries, jeopardizing others' sovereignty and security. But they play the part of the victim, peddling rumors and stoking confrontation by staging a farce of the thief crying "stop thief". They have long crossed the line. They owe an honest answer to the Chinese people and the international community.

Third, China is committed to the path of peaceful development, to pursuing win-win strategy of opening-up, developing friendly and cooperative relations with other countries on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, and promoting the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. China's external cooperation in various parts of the world is widely welcomed. We have no need to interfere in others' internal affairs, nor are we interested in doing so. At the same time, the Chinese government has an unshakable resolve to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests and to oppose interference in China's internal affairs by any external force. We urge some people in Australia to abandon the Cold War mentality and ideological bias, play fair and upright, and talk less nonsense. They should contribute positive energy to world peace and stability and mutual trust and cooperation between countries.

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