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Chinese Consul General in Perth Dr. Huang Qinguo's Remarks at Civic Reception of City of Bunbury

Mr. Gray Brennan, Mayor of City of Bunbury

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good morning!

It is my great pleasure to visit the beautiful Bunbury, the sister city of Jiaxing, Zhejiang province. Thank you for your hospitality.

Consul General Dr.Huang speaks at the welcome reception in the city of Bunbury

This is my first time to visit Southwest region since my posting in Perth last October. The main purpose of my visit is to communicate with local government and friends in this region , learn more about the region, such as its agriculture, tourism and other industries, so as to share the information to more Chinese investors and tourists and find potential opportunities for future cooperation.

Bunbury is the second largest city in Western Australia, and also an important port city, which serves the farming, mining industries of Southwest region. In the future, Bunbury will play a more important role in bilateral economic and trade cooperation, and achieve greater development of its own.

The economic and trade ties between China and Austalia have kept a good momentum of growth and become the highlight of bilateral relations in recent years. China has been Australia's largest trading partner, export market and source of import for five consecutive years. The bilateral trade volume surpassed 500 billion Australian Dollars from 2009 to 2013, of which Australian exports to China was over 300 billion Australian Dollars.

The sustainable, sound and rapid growing economy of China will continuously provide a huge market for Australia. It will create new opportunities for further cooperation between our two countries. In recent years, agricultural cooperation between China and Australia has started to show good momentum of growth.

China and Australia are highly complementary in agriculture.There is great potential for cooperation between China and Australia in agriculture. The southwest region of West Australia is an agricultural region traditionally. It has unique advantages, and should play a leading role in agricultural cooperation between China and Australia. In the afternoon, I will witness the signing ceremony between V&V Walsh in Australia and Grand Farm in China., I sincerely hope their cooperation will be a great success.

Let's make joint efforts to contribute to the friendly cooperation between China and Australia. Thank you!

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