|Chinese FM Spokesperson: Chinese students are once again reminded to be cautious when making the choice to go or return to Australia|
At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on July 9, Spokesperson Zhao Lijian answered a question about the rising discrimination against overseas Chinese in Australia.
Journalist: Several media outlets have reported that a number of Chinese students in Australia were recently subjected to racial discrimination and even violent attacks. On July 4, a Chinese student at the University of South Australia was seriously injured in an abuse and attack near Adelaide's Chinatown by three local men. What is China's comment?
Zhao Lijian: Recently there has been rising discrimination against overseas Chinese, including Chinese students, and even Asians in Australia. Some of them suffered violent attacks, and their physical and mental health and even lives were seriously threatened. In response to these circumstances, the Chinese government issued a travel advisory and an alert for Chinese students going to study in Australia. This is a truly responsible practice.
We once again remind students who plan to study or are studying in Australia to conduct a risk assessment and be cautious when making the choice to go or return to Australia, and remind the overseas Chinese in Australia to strengthen safety precautions. We once again urge the Australian side to face up to the problem and take concrete measures to protect the safety, rights and interests of Chinese citizens in Australia.