Zhao Lijian: We have talked a lot about our position on issues relating to China-Australia relations in recent days. Whether in Beijing or in Canberra, the communication channels between the two sides are open and unfettered. But I have to stress that mutual respect and equal treatment is the basis for practical cooperation between any countries.
The Australian side is very clear with the crux of the deteriorating bilateral ties. The root cause is Australia's repeated wrong acts and remarks on issues concerning China's core interests and major concerns as well as its provocative and confrontational actions.
Those who have caused problems should be the ones to solve problems. The Australian side should take concrete actions to correct their mistakes, do more to enhance mutual trust and bilateral cooperation, act in line with the requirements of China-Australia comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, and create favorable atmosphere and conditions for bilateral cooperation in various fields.