Chinese embassy in Australia while rejecting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary Defence Mark Esper statement about China has stated that their intention is doomed to fail.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds hosted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary Defence Mark Esper on Sunday in Sydney for Australia-US Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN).
“During the recent Australia-US Ministerial Consultations, the US high-level officials made unwarranted attacks and slandering against China’s role in the region, which exposed the lingering hegemonic mentality of certain forces in the US”, Chinese embassy spokesperson said in a statement.
“We also firmly reject the veiled accusations of China in the Joint Statement of AUSMIN”, spokesperson further said.
Referring US withdrawl from INF Treaty, the spokesperson said the unilateral withdrawal of the US from the INF Treaty has been widely criticized by the international community. As the world’s largest nuclear arsenal possessor, the US has special and primary responsibilities in nuclear disarmament.
“We also firmly reject the veiled accusations of China in the Joint Statement of AUSMIN”, Chinese embassy.
“Instead of escaping from its own responsibilities, the US should continue to drastically reduce its nuclear arms, so as to create necessary conditions for other countries to participate in nuclear disarmament negotiations”, it added.
The spokesperson reminded that the situation in the South China Sea remains generally stable. External forces including the US have been stirring up troubles and sowing discord with ill intentions.
“Such behaviors will only disrupt the situation in the South China Sea and undermine regional peace and stability. Countries and people in the region will never buy a single word of what they said”, spokesperson concluded.