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Clear message that remained unspoken after China’s ambassador to Australia addressed the media | The Canberra Times



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“This press conference”, the ambassador began, “is about Xinjiang”. “I am happy to discuss the bilateral relationship between our two countries in another forum but that is not the purpose of bringing you here today.” The problem was, however, the key question journalists wanted answers to was exactly that key issue: the bilateral relationship between China and Australia. As it turned out both sides were extremely clear – both the questions and the answers. The only problem was they never actually met. The frustration on the Chinese side was quite understandable. They had, after all, put on a special video link to the remote Western city of Urumqi, capital of the (largely) ethnically Muslim Xinjiang Autonomous…

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