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Chinese FM Spokesperson's Remarks on Recent AUSMIN Meetings between the US and Australia

2020-07-30

At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on July 29, Spokesperson Wang Wenbin answered a question on recent AUSMIN meetings between the US and Australia.

Journalist: The US and Australia pledged to strengthen military cooperation in the Asia-Pacific at their recent AUSMIN meetings. Does China have a comment?

Wang Wenbin: China has noted the consultations between the Australian Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Defense and the US Secretaries of State and Defense. For a while, the US and Australia have been highlighting and hyping up the so-called China threat and smearing China on a series of issues. China deplores and firmly rejects that. We have lodged solemn representations with the two countries respectively.

We urge the US and Australia to form a correct perception of China, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs or damaging Chinese interests, and create enabling conditions to develop bilateral relations with China. We also urge them to play a constructive role in upholding peace, stability and development in the region instead of doing the opposite.

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