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China refutes Australian defense chief’s negative remarks

BEIJING – China's Ministry of National Defense has expressed strong opposition to Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton's negative remarks about China.

It is extremely dangerous and irresponsible to hype up the so-called "China threat" and make groundless accusations against China, said Wu Qian, a spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, in response to a query on Friday.

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It is extremely dangerous and irresponsible to hype up the so-called "China threat" and make groundless accusations against China, said Wu Qian, a spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense

Wu said Dutton's recent provocative remarks fully revealed his Cold War mentality and ideological biases, which not only go against the current trend of world peace, development and cooperation, but also harm the regional peace and stability as well as Australia's own interests.

Wu reiterated that China adheres to the path of peaceful development and firmly pursues the national defense policy that is defensive in nature.

China is not posing a threat to any country, and its military development is not targeted at any country, the spokesperson added.

As for issues concerning the South China Sea, Wu emphasized that China has indisputable sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea and their adjacent waters.

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Wu urged some Australian politicians to respect facts and immediately stop making irresponsible remarks against China.