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‘Vicious slanders’: China hits out at Australian foreign interference allegations
Chinese officials in Australia have dismissed allegations of foreign interference as vicious slanders. The denial follows reports that a consular member had been investigated for his role in a suspected propaganda campaign.
The Chinese Consulate in Sydney said on Wednesday that it wanted to promote “friendly exchanges and pragmatic cooperation,” and that it had always abided by “international law and basic norms of international relations.”
The accusations that the Consulate General and its official engaged in infiltration activities are totally baseless and nothing but vicious slanders.
Relations between the two countries sunk to their lowest point in decades amid a months-long investigation into whether top Chinese diplomats, academics and journalists were involved in deliberately spreading propaganda and influencing Australian officials.