BEIJING – China denied on Tuesday interfering in Australia’s internal affairs and urged it to abandon prejudices and adopt an objective view of bilateral ties.
China follows a principle of mutual respect and noninterference in internal affairs of other countries, including Australia, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang had asserted.
“Sound and steady China and Australia relations not only serve the interest of China, but also serves the interest of Australia,” Geng added.
Geng’s comments come in response to legal reforms announced Tuesday by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to cut down on foreign interference in the country’s internal affairs.
The measure was announced following a controversy over China’s increasing influence in Australia, especially through donations to political parties, and comes amid investigations in the United States over possible Russian interference in the country’s last presidential elections.
Later in the week, Australia is also set to introduce a bill that will ban foreign donations to political parties.