China rejects Australian accusation of foreign interference

FILE PHOTO: New spokesman for Chinese Foreign Ministry Wang Wenbin speaks during a news conference in Beijing, China July 17, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Wednesday.

Australia formally named China in a court document lodged in early September as the foreign state under investigation by police in the nation’s first foreign interference investigation.

Wang told a news briefing on Wednesday that some in Australia are spreading rumours about China, and that this does not help with the development of bilateral relations.

Reporting by Gabriel Crossley, writing by Yew Lun Tian; Editing by Alex Richardson