China has launched a new offensive against the Albanian government, accusing Canberra of “violating” the UN Charter and further straining bilateral relations.
Foreign Minister Penny Wong issued a statement last week, jointly with US and Japanese foreign ministers, strongly condemning China’s unprecedented military exercises in the Taiwan Strait.
Beijing has launched an indefinite training exercise following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s historic visit to Taiwan.
Beijing claims it ignores its one-China policy.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said overnight that Senator Huang and the government “disregarded the facts” when criticizing Beijing.
Wang said China’s measures were “lawful, justified and lawful” measures to “protect sovereignty and territorial integrity”.
“Australia’s actions violate the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, significantly interfere in China’s internal affairs, and undermine regional peace and stability,” Wong said.
“Over the past few years, China-Australia relations have experienced serious difficulties for reasons attributable to Australia’s side…China’s position on developing relations with Australia is consistent and clear.
“We urge the Australian side to have a clear understanding of the situation…respect China’s core interests…stop any remarks or actions that undermine regional peace and stability, and use it to contain the Taiwan issue.” refrain from sympathizing with or supporting certain countries’ misguided strategies to “avoid creating new obstacles to China-Australia relations.” ”
Acting Prime Minister Richard Marls said Australia wanted to maintain “as productive a relationship as possible” with China but would not decline to appeal to national interests.
“The global rules-based order, freedom of navigation in places like the South China Sea, is really fundamental to Australia’s national interests,” Marles told Sky News.
“We always talk about those benefits.
“We want our relationship[with China]to be put in a better place…In Australia the government has changed, but our national interests have not changed and we have a voice for our national interests. keep going up.
“We do it without fear or favor.”
Marles said the increase in China’s rhetoric was “very concerning” and pleaded that tensions not escalate.
“We want to see tensions eased, and that’s what we’re looking for,” he said.
Meanwhile, Taipei has thanked Australia for its support following China’s latest string of actions.
“Every time China uses military coercion against Taiwan, we see the determination of the world’s democratic allies to stand up to authoritarianism and uphold democracy,” Taiwan’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
China’s ambassador to Australia, Xiao Chen, will address the National Press Club later Wednesday.
China says Australia violates UN charter on Taiwan training
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