|Chinese FM Spokesperson: Australia's Discriminatory Measures on Chinese Companies Have Disrupted Sound Momentum of Bilateral Cooperation|
Journalist: Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has reportedly shot down a 300 million AUD offer made by China State Construction Engineering Corporation to acquire Australian-based construction giant Probuild on the grounds of national security. Does China have any comment?
Zhao Lijian: I have taken note of relevant reports. This is the latest example of how the Australian government has been politicizing trade and investment issues, violating market principles and the spirit of the China-Australia free trade agreement, and imposing discriminatory measures on Chinese companies. Such actions have disrupted the sound momentum in practical cooperation between China and Australia and hurt the image and reputation of Australia itself.
I would like to stress again that China-Australia trade and investment cooperation is mutually-beneficial. The Chinese government always asks Chinese companies to abide by international rules and host country laws and regulations when conducting international cooperation. It is a mistake to politicize normal commercial cooperation and seek political interference in the name of national security. We hope Australia will adhere to the principle of open market and fair competition and provide a fair, open and non-discriminatory business environment for foreign companies including Chinese ones.