Australian foreign minister refrains from commenting on PLA's cross-strait drills
2022-08-08: [Article Link] At a time when the situation in the Taiwan Strait was tense as a result of the Pelosi flight, the Australian Foreign Minister, Mr. Huang Ying-hyun, issued two statements criticizing our military mission by “naming” my embassy in Australia. On 8 August, local time, Huang Young-hyun once again spoke about Taiwan, and this time she avoided commenting on the Chinese military performance and merely called on all parties to exercise “restraint and calm”. When asked whether Australia had engaged or would engage in dialogue with the authorities in Taiwan, Huang Young-hyun reiterated Australia's adherence to the “one-China” policy and added that “I think our public statements are clear”.
Screenshot of the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release
According to a press release issued by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, Huang Yinghyun held a meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia on 8 September, followed by a joint press conference.
Reporters on the scene asked, “How can we develop our foreign policy independently of Washington, where China criticizes Australia as a puppet of the United States?”, Huang Young-hyun said only that the current Government and Australia have always been guided by national interests.
When asked about the situation in the Taiwan Strait, Huang Young-hyun replied that the Australian side would continue to urge the parties to “restraint and de-escalate the situation” and that what was most critical now was “to cool tensions and calm down.” “The entire region is concerned about the current situation and is calling for the restoration of stability”.
On August 4, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives of the United States Congress, Peroxi, visited Taiwan, China, despite the strong opposition of the Chinese side and serious intervention. In response, the Liberation Army (PLA) announced a live-fire exercise, which was described by the media as “a lock-up”.
On the same day, the Foreign Ministers of the United States and Japan issued a joint statement expressing their “concerns and condemnations” of our military exercises and even threatening “to urge the Chinese side to immediately halt them”. On 6 August, my embassy spokesman in Australia expressed “vehement protest and strong condemnation” of the statement, noting that China had been the victim of a political provocation by the United States and that instead of expressing sympathy and support for the victims, the Australian side had joined the perpetrators in condemning the victims, which was a complete reversal and a reversal. The one-China principle is the solemn commitment of successive Australian governments, which should be scrupulously honoured, fully honoured, and should refrain from any misinterpretation or compromise in their actual actions. On 5 August, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia issued two consecutive statements in which he interfered with the Taiwan issue.
During a press conference on 8 August, journalists mentioned our military exercises and my embassy in Australia, “calling names”, and asked her about her views in this regard.
“Australia is not the only country concerned about (the situation) escalation, and the whole region is concerned about the escalation and the risk of conflict”, says Huang Young-hyun. It is worth mentioning that both the British Daily Post and the Australian newspaper indicated that, unlike the previous two statements, Huang Young-hyun avoided criticism of Chinese military performances. She also denied having communicated with the head of the foreign service of the Taiwan authorities, Wu Xing.
When asked whether the Australian side planned a “ministerial” dialogue with the Taiwan authorities, Huang Young-hyun reiterated: “We will continue to act in a manner consistent with the one-size-fits-all policy that we have long pursued, and I think our public statements are clear.”
“Australia insists on a one-China policy”, video screenshot
On 8 August, my Foreign Ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin, responded to the United States-Japan joint statement.
Wang Wenbin says that people have no faith, and the state has no faith. We urge individual countries to read history well, to adhere to the solemn promises they made that year, in black and white, and to recognize the dangers and dangers of treachery, for the sake of “Taiwan independence.” At the 8th regular press conference, the media asked: Australia has issued a so-called joint statement on the situation in Taiwan and Taiwan following the trilateral strategic dialogue between the Foreign Ministers of the United States and Japan. Please ask China how it views what the Australian side is doing in the current climate of Chinese-Australian relations.
In this regard, Wang Wenbin stated that, in disregard of objective facts, the Australian side had groundlessly accused China of legitimate and legitimate initiatives to preserve its sovereignty and territorial integrity, in violation of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and had grossly interfered in China's internal affairs and undermined peace and stability in the region.
Wang Wenbin said that China-Australia relations have experienced serious difficulties in recent years for Australian reasons, and that the merits are clear. China’s position on developing Australia’s relations has always been clear. We urge the Australian side to recognize the situation, to recognize the truth, to respect China’s core interests and concerns, to adhere to the one-China principle, to abide by the basic norms of international relations, to cease interference in China’s internal affairs, to desist from false statements and actions that undermine peace and stability in the region, and to refrain from associating with and cooperating with the misguided strategy of individual countries to “take China to the table” and to refrain from creating new obstacles to the development of Sino-Australian relations. This is the exclusive text of the Network of Observers and cannot be reproduced without authorization.