The Australian government has pushed back on criticism from Beijing over the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal, saying the statement contains “numerous misleading and incorrect assertions.”
It comes after the Chinese Embassy in Canberra released a statement claiming a report from the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossim, was “neither neutral nor objective.”
In a statement released on Sept.21, the Australian government said that Beijing’s statement was incorrect.
“We are deeply disappointed by China’s—a P5 member and nuclear weapons state—unfounded and harmful claims about the professionalism and independence of the IAEA,” said the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade….
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