- Title: China lodges stern representations with Australia on Taiwan comments
- Date: 11th October 2021
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (OCTOBER 11, 2021) (REUTERS) CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON ZHAO LIJIAN WALKING IN FOR NEWS CONFERENCE MEDIA SEATED ZHAO LOOKING ON, WITH REPORTER FROM MACAU WEEKLY ASKING (Mandarin): "ACCORDING TO REPORTS, FORMER AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER ABBOTT VISITED TAIWAN RECENTLY AND MADE SEVERAL INAPPROPRIATE REMARKS RELATED TO CHINA. WHAT'S CHINA'S RESPONSE TO THIS MATTER?" MEDIA SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON ZHAO LIJIAN, SAYING: "Adherence to the one-China principle is a universally accepted norm of international relations, and it is also a prerequisite and political basis for China to develop friendly relations with other countries. The relevant actions of individual Australian politicians seriously violated the one-China principle and sent seriously wrong signals to the outside world. China firmly opposes this and has lodged solemn representations with Australia." MEDIA SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON ZHAO LIJIAN, SAYING: "The remarks made by individual politicians in Australia are completely confusing black and white and reversing right from wrong, which is extremely absurd. This kind of speech, that is motivated by one's own political interests incites confrontation, promotes China's threat, grossly interferes in China's internal affairs and wantonly slanders and smears China, is very immoral, extremely irresponsible, and doomed to be unpopular. We urge individuals in Australia to abandon cold war mindset and their ideological biasness, respect the basic truth, to objectively view China and its progress, and to stop making irresponsible speech." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY CHINESE NATIONAL FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 25th October 2021 10:47
- Keywords: Australia China Taiwan Tony Abbot Zhao Lijian foreign ministry spokesperson
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
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- Story Text: The Chinese foreign ministry said on Monday (October 11) that China has lodged stern representations with Australia over "inappropriate" comments by former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott about Taiwan.
Abbott last week visited Taiwan, which is claimed by China, in a personal capacity, met Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, and told a security forum that China may lash out with its economy slowing and finances "creaking."
"The relevant actions of individual Australian politicians seriously violated the one-China principle and sent seriously wrong signals," Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson at the Chinese foreign ministry, told a regular media briefing.
"China firmly opposes this and has lodged solemn representations with Australia."
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