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China urges Australia to stop economic, trade interference

The Chinese and Australian national flags on a celebration event in Sydney, Australia, on Sept 8, 2019. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

China urged the Australian government to stop any wrongdoing which interferes with economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, and take actions to promote the healthy growth of bilateral relations, the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.

The Australian government in recent months unreasonably restricted and suppressed China-Australia economic and trade cooperation projects and existing results, which has damaged mutual trust and seriously affected the confidence of companies in developing mutually beneficial cooperation, said Gao Feng, the ministry’s spokesman.

Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng urged Australia to view China-Australia cooperation objectively and rationally, and treat Chinese companies fairly

As the National Development and Reform Commission, the nation’s top economic planner, announced last week that it had indefinitely suspended all activities under the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, Gao said Australia should take full responsibility for all these moves.

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Gao urged Australia to view China-Australia cooperation objectively and rationally, and treat Chinese companies fairly.

Meanwhile, Gao also said that China and the United States should address each other’s reasonable concerns through dialogue and consultation on the basis of mutual respect and equality.

Gao made the remarks when asked to comment on US Trade Representative Katherine Tai’s recent expression of expectations to meet Chinese trade officials in the near term.

The essence of economic and trade relations between China and the US is mutual benefit, Gao said.

“China’s stance on tariff issues is very clear. Imposing additional tariff measures unilaterally is not beneficial to China, the United States or the whole world,” he added.

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With Xinhua inputs

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