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Statement by Consul-General Dong Zhihua at the Media Event marking China Eastern Airlines Inaugural Service to Perth
2020/01/16

(15 January 2020, Perth Airport)

I am delighted to be invited here today to witness the arrival of the maiden flight from Shanghai to Perth by China Eastern Airlines, and to bid farewell to the first flight from Perth to Shanghai. Welcome back Minister Papalia, congratulations for a job well-done. Bon-voyage to Minister Sue Ellery and her team who are flying to Shanghai soon afterwards.

As the Chinese Consul General to Perth, I feel so happy and proud that the direct flight, even though on trial basis, materialize. I fully share the excitement and joy of all of us present today. This is a typical example of win-win cooperation for both China and WA through joint efforts.

I wish to congratulate Premier McGowan and his government for this breakthrough. Equally, my congratulations go to Madame Lu Ping and China Eastern Airlines for this successful maiden flight.

And this marks a new beginning. The trial flights will bring in more Chinese tourists with more expenditure to WA. Equally exciting, the direct flight will provide convenience for people in WA to travel to China, and I assume, facilitate transportation of fresh food and products to Shanghai and China.

In the longer term, the direct flights will facilitate closer ties and more business opportunities between China and WA, enhancing mutual understanding and friendship between our people.

I wish to take this opportunity to express sympathy and support to those affected by the bush fires over the past months. Already the Chinese business community and local Chinese community are mobilized to lend a helping hand. The Chinese Consulate General fully supports their endeavor and will do whatever we can that might help.

We have only 10 days to go before the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Rat. I hope the new year will bring us all good luck and good fortune. And we will have more good news to come throughout the year to celebrate, in particular, the launch of regular flight between Shanghai and Perth by China Eastern.

I wish all of you a Happy New Year!

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