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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks
2020/12/02

Q: The Australian Prime Minister said yesterday that a spokesperson of China's Foreign Ministry posted a "falsified photo" on his Twitter account. The official Weibo account of the Australian Embassy in China also updated a post, saying that the photo was falsified. What is your comment?

A: A falsified photo? Australia accuses China of using a falsified or fake photo, and even of spreading false information, but such an accusation is in itself a false one. What's going viral online is not a "photo", but a graphic created with computer techniques by a young Chinese artist. Computer-generated graphics and falsified pictures are two different things. The graphic depicts a fact because its creation is based on the inquiry report issued by the Australian Defense Department.

Chinese netizens had some heated discussions about Australia's reaction yesterday. The artist of this graphic was also interviewed by media. According to media reports, he called out to Mr. Morrison, telling him that what some of his soldiers did was crueler than his artwork depicts.

Before coming here, I asked my colleague to print out some photos and the inquiry report by the Australian Defense Department. These are all what really happened. These are all released by the Australian side. Some of you may have the same question mark as I do: why does the Australian side react so strongly on this? The Australian side has made such a scene with this graphic because it wants to divert attention, avoid the real issue and relieve some pressure off its shoulder. It is under immense criticism and condemnation from the international community for the ruthless killing of Afghan innocents by some of its soldiers, but the Australian side wants to turn that into a tough-on-China position. Everyone sees that very clearly.

I also read an article on WeChat that I want to share with you. It's titled "How Come It's 'I Can, But You Cannot'?". I believe this article speaks for a lot of Chinese people. It is a fact that China is treated with this "I can, but you cannot" approach. For example, I can have 5G technologies, but you cannot; I can have a bigger economy than yours, but you cannot; I can make accusations against you while siding with "Tibet independence" forces, "Taiwan independence" forces, Xinjiang separatist forces, and the opposition and violent criminals in Hong Kong, but you cannot. This "I can, but you cannot" approach reflects the attitude of those unbelievably arrogant hypocrites. Their real motive is to deprive China of the right to tell facts and truth. They are afraid to hear that loud and clear voice-"Look, the emperor has no clothes on!"

When it comes to "false information", I hope that these people will calm down and do some level-headed thinking. They need to view China and China's development with soberness and reason and work in constructive ways. They need to face up to the issues and work with China to properly address them and uphold the sound development of bilateral relations on the basis of equality and mutual respect. This is what the people hope to see and what truly serves the fundamental and long-term interests of their countries.

Q: New Zealand's prime minister said on Tuesday that her government had raised concerns with China about the image that was posted. Has China responded to those concerns? And if so, what was the response?

A: Frankly, I was very surprised when I read it in the news. Does this matter have anything to do with New Zealand? Can it be that New Zealand agrees with or even supports Australia's deeds? Like I said, we have pictures and other facts including the Australian Defense Department's report on this matter. The truth and the merits of this matter are crystal clear. If needed, our journalist friends, China and Australia can all provide these materials to New Zealand.

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