Original title: Australia and New Zealand leaders made remarks about China. Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Crude intervention in China’s internal affairs. China firmly opposes it Source: CCTV News Client
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a regular press conference today (31st). At the press conference, a reporter asked that Australian Prime Minister Morrison and New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern “expressed serious concerns about the human rights situation in Xinjiang, China” and said that organizations such as the United Nations should be allowed to conduct meaningful visits to Xinjiang. Does the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have any comment on this? In response, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said that we have taken note of the relevant statement and express our deep concern. The leaders of Australia and New Zealand made irresponsible remarks on China’s internal affairs such as Hong Kong and Xinjiang and the South China Sea issue. They made groundless accusations against China, grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs, and seriously violated international law and basic norms of international relations. China firmly opposes this.
Wang Wenbin reiterated that Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong, and Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs. China’s determination and confidence to adhere to the principle of “one country, two systems” and safeguard Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability will not waver, nor will it waver in its determination and will to oppose any external forces’ interference in China’s internal affairs. Xinjiang-related issues are not human rights, ethnic, or religious issues at all, but rather anti-violence, anti-separatism, and de-radicalization issues. In the past four years or so, there has not been a single case of violent terrorism in Xinjiang, remarkable achievements have been made in economic and social development and improvement of people’s livelihood, and the rights and interests of the people of all ethnic groups, including the Uyghurs, have been fully protected. These are facts that anyone without prejudice cannot deny. The current situation in the South China Sea remains stable on the whole. China firmly safeguards its national territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests, and at the same time is willing to properly handle maritime differences through consultations and negotiations with relevant countries to jointly maintain peace and tranquility in the region. The freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea has never been a problem. We firmly oppose any country’s use of the South China Sea issue to make groundless accusations against China.
Wang Wenbin pointed out that China has always maintained that the development of bilateral relations between regional countries should help enhance mutual understanding and trust among regional countries, and is conducive to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific. It should not target or harm the interests of third parties, and should not draw lines with ideology. , Adopting wrong words and deeds on issues related to the sovereignty and security of third countries, or interfering in the internal affairs of other countries under the guise of human rights. We once again urge the relevant parties to stop making irresponsible remarks and do more things that are conducive to the development of bilateral relations and regional peace and stability, not the other way around.
(Headquarters CCTV reporter Huang Huixin and Yang Hongyang)
(Edited by Feng Shuqi)