|Chinese FM Spokesperson: Certain Australian Politicians Should Stop Going Further Down the Wrong Path Towards the Point of No Return|
At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on 30 November, spokesperson Zhao Lijian answered a question about China- Australia relationship.
Journalist: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison reportedly said that Australia cannot afford to show “weakness” in the face of China’s growing combativeness and backed Defence Minister Peter Dutton’s assessment of the situation. Do you have any comment?
Zhao Lijian: Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton continued with his delusional miscalculation on China’s foreign policy in his address at the National Press Club. He brazenly distorted China’s efforts to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity, mislead the Australian people on the regional situation and priorities, and incite conflict and division between countries and peoples. The remarks run counter to the trend of peace, development and cooperation in our world today and are detrimental to regional peace and stability. China firmly rejects such irresponsible remarks. Visionary people in Australia have also criticized them.
Australia has benefited from China’s development. China has never done anything that damages Australia’s sovereignty. The Australian side should view China and China’s development in an objective and rational light and avoid strategic miscalculation. We urge certain Australian politicians to stop hyping up the “China threat” narrative for selfish political gain and stop going further down the wrong path towards the point of no return.