|Chinese FM Spokesperson: It Is Imperative for Australia to Face Up to the Crux of the Setbacks in Bilateral Relations|
At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on 16 September, spokesperson Zhao Lijian answered a question about the nuclear submarine cooperation between the US, the UK and Australia.
Journalist: Also about the trilateral security partnership between the US, the UK and Australia. According to Australian media, the Australian Prime Minister said Australia had previously held consultations with China and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region on the issue and extended an open invitation for talks with Beijing. Do you have any comment on that?
Zhao Lijian: I am not aware of what you said. I would like to reiterate that mutual respect and good mutual trust are the prerequisite for dialogue and cooperation between countries. Australia is the one to blame for current difficulties in China-Australia relationship. It is imperative for the Australian side to face up to the crux of the setbacks in bilateral relations, think seriously about whether it sees China as a partner or a threat, earnestly follow the principle of mutual respect and equality and the spirit of comprehensive strategic partnership in handling the bilateral relations, and do more to enhance mutual trust and promote pragmatic cooperation.