Australia on Saturday rejected Beijing's warning to Chinese citizens to avoid traveling to Australia due to the supposed rise in racist incidents.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China issued a statement broadcast by Xinhua on Friday, warning against "a worrying increase recently in acts of racial discrimination and violence against the Chinese and Asians in Australia, due to the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic."
Australian Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said today, Saturday, that the claim of an increase in racist attacks is not based on any realistic basis.
"Australia has a world-leading success in limiting the spread of Covid-19, and when health advice permits, we look forward to welcoming again visitors from all backgrounds to our safe and hospitable country," Birmingham told ABC Radio Australia.
Over two million Chinese students study at Australian universities, bringing annually A $ 12 billion ($ 8.3 billion).
"Australia is the most successful multi-cultural and immigrant community in the world," said Birmingham. "The Australian-Chinese community is an important and valuable contributor to this success story."
However, there were reports of Asian harassment in Australian media and on social media.