China strongly protests Australia’s 'infiltration' claim against Chinese diplomats
Global Times

Wang Wenbin, spokesperson of China's Foreign Ministry (Photo: cnsphoto)

China has expressed strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to certain Australia media outlets' claim of so-called "infiltration" by the Chinese Consulate General in Sydney, saying such accusations are totally baseless and nothing but vicious slanders.

China pursues an independent and peaceful foreign policy. It has never interfered with or infiltrated other countries, as this is just not China's way of doing things, China's foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at Wednesday's media briefing. 

Wang's remarks came after Australian media reported on Tuesday that Australian police accessed Chinese diplomats' emails and messages as part of an investigation into foreign political interference.

Some people in Australia have gone to extremes in stirring up anti-China sentiment by smearing and attacking China to attract attention and poison China-Australia relations, Wang said. 

We urge Australia to abandon its Cold War mentality and ideological bias, stop politicizing the normal behavior of Chinese embassies and consulates in Australia and not create new troubles for China-Australia relations, Wang said.