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‘Hysterical slander’: China blasts Australia -

A Beijing official has slammed concern over Communist Party of China members allegedly infiltrating of Western consulates — including Australia’s — as “hysterical slanders”.

Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin hit out at reports on Tuesday that at least 10 consulates in Shanghai had CPC members employed as staff.

It follows the leaking of official membership records containing information about 1.95 million members.

“Such allegation is logically absurd and has no factual basis, nothing but another version of the ‘China threat theory’,” Mr Wang said.

“This is (nothing) other than hysterical slanders made by certain anti-China elements to tarnish the image of the CPC.

“Anyone with reason, conscience and a sense of justice will never accept those groundless denigration and attacks against China and the CPC.”

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Shanghai-based Australian scholar Chen Hong, who had his visa cancelled after an intelligence investigation, has also blasted reports he was a member.

Writing for Chinese state-owned media outlet the Global Times, Professor Chen denied having any affiliation with the communist party.

“The craze and ferocity of the fierce hunt for ‘the red witches’ are now rampaging in Australia beyond belief,” Prof Chen wrote, adding it was bullying.

“Is the CPC regarded by Australia as an adversary political organisation, so that members of the party should be suspected and treated as enemy agents?”

The heightened tension between China and Australia reached new heights this week after the Global Times reported China had black-listed Australian coal imports.

The Morrison government is yet to receive formal confirmation of the ban and has urged Chinese authorities to clarify the reports.

Mr Wang said he was “not aware of the situation”. But he added that recent measures taken by Chinese authorities, on products imported from Australia, were in line with Beijing’s laws and regulations and international practices.

“Recently we’ve seen many reports in which Australia dresses up as a victim, pointing an accusing finger at China, directly or by insinuation,” he said.

“It is the Australian side that has been politicising economic, investment and technological issues, and discriminating against Chinese companies in violation of market economy principles and international trade rules.

“It has gone so far down the wrong path.”

He also took a swipe at Australia for turning down Chinese investments on national security grounds, not including its companies in the 5G network build, and launching 106 anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations against China – compared to its four against Australia.

“We hope that the Australian side will reflect upon its own conduct, match its words with deeds, and provide favourable conditions for bilateral practical co-operation in various fields, instead of the opposite,” Mr Wang said.

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