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Chinese FM Spokesperson Zhao Lijian: The issuance of travel advisory
and study alert on Australia is based on a host of facts

2020-06-18

At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on June 17, Spokesperson Zhao Lijian answered a question on the recent remarks of Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne on China’s issuance of travel advisory and study alert on Australia.

Journalist: Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne accused China of contributing to a climate of "fear and division" over the coronavirus. She also labeled Beijing's warnings to citizens against travelling to Australia as "disinformation". Payne acknowledged Australia may have made itself a target by speaking out for a review on coronavirus, but said it had been in Australia's best long-term interests. What's your comment?

Zhao Lijian: The issuance of travel advisory and study alert on Australia based on a host of facts is part of the Chinese government's responsibility and obligation to safeguard the lawful rights and interests of its citizens including students. We are talking about the plain fact of existing discrimination and violence in Australia, but this Australian official labeled it as "disinformation". Then may I ask what about the rights and interests and feelings of those victims? I would like to urge certain individual on the Australian side again to respect the voice of the victims, face up to the problems and really think about what went wrong on their side.

To be candid, we don't think it is "in Australia's best long-term interests" when certain people, acting out of their own political interests, choose to turn away from facts and engage in politicizing the pandemic and sabotaging relevant international cooperation.

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