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Consul General Dr. Huang Qinguo's speech at ACBC Chinese National Day Gala Dinner

The Honorable Minister Mike Nahan, representative of Premier Colin Barnett,

The Honorable Mr.Ian McCubbin, President of ACBC,

The Honorable Mr.Adam Handley, President of ACBC WA,

The Honorable Mr. David Sun, President of CCCA Perth Branch

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening!

It is my great honour to be invited to attend today’s Gala Dinner. First of all, on behalf of Chinese Consulate General in Perth, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to ACBC WA for organizing the grand dinner celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China . I especially want to thank Mr. Adam Handley, president of ACBC WA and his colleagues for their months of hard works in preparing this special event. My appreciation also go to all the distinguished guests present today who have for years made great contribution to boosting the friendly cooperation between China and Australia.

Dr.Huang Qinguo addresses ACBC Chinese National Day Gala Dinner

There are three meanings for us to gather here tonight,

First, 2014 is the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. 65 years ago, the People’s Republic of China was founded, opening a new era in Chinese history.Tremendous historical changes have taken place in China, jumping from a poor country to become the second world economy. The per capita GDP has increased from 35 USD when the new China was founded to 7000 USD. Especially China’s reform and opening-up policy was adopted in 1978, China’s economy has entered a golden period of rapid development, with average GDP growth rate reaching 10% over the past 30 years . China's overall national strength has grown considerably, the people’s living standards have been significantly improved.

In the year of 2013, the total volume of China’s import and export surpassed 4.16 trillion US dollars , becoming the world’s biggest trading nation. China’s infrastructure has also been improved greatly, the total express way mileage is 100 thousand kilometers, and 11 thousand kilometers of high-speed railway, ranking the first in the world. China’s economic growth has generated a huge demand, effectively stimulating the growth of major economies, including Australia, and helps them successfully resist the negative impact of the global economic recession, making significant contribution to the world economic development.

2014 is the first year for China to implement the comprehensive and profound reform, which focused on deepening reform of economic system, emphasizing the decisive role of market in the allocation of resources. We believe that the new round of economic reforms will not only greatly stimulate the vitality of China’s economy, but also create new opportunities for cooperation between our two countries. The future cooperation between China and Australia has huge spaces and broad prospects.

Second, 2014 is the 42nd anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Australia. For more than 40 years,Sino-Australian economic and trade relations have maintained a good momentum of growth. In recent years, it has become the highlight of bilateral relations. China has become Australia’s largest trading partner, export market and source of import for five consecutive years. From 2009 to 2013, the bilateral commodity trade volume totaled over 500 billion AU dollars, of which Australian export to China was more than 300 billion AU dollars.

In 2014, while the bilateral economic and trade relations continue o develop, the cooperation and common experiences in other fields are also increasing. We have kept close communication and cooperation in search for MH370 of Malaysian Airlines. We have worked closely in rescuing Russian vessel Akademik Shokalskiy trapped in Antarctic Ocean. Currently, we are working together to push forward the China-Australia FTA negotiations ,expecting to lift the bilateral economic and trade relations to a new high. We also join hands in preparing APEC informal economic leaders' meeting and the G20 summit, We are looking forward to seeing that the meeting between the leaders of China and Australia will lead to further consolidation and deepening of bilateral friendly cooperation.

Third, 2014 is the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Chinese Consulate General in Perth. WA is in the same time zone with Beijing, and has a unique advantage in its cooperation with China and always walks in the forefront than other states of Australia. Over the past two decades, the cooperation between China and WA has developed rapidly in the areas of mining, agriculture, education, and tourism. In 2013, WA’s exports to China reached 66.4 billion AU dollars, accounting for 70% of Australia’s total exports to China. WA’s iron ore exports to China amounted to over 400 million tons, thus accounting for 98% of Australia’s iron ore exports to China and half of China’s imports of iron ore from the whole world. WA attracts 80% of China’s total investments in Australia’s in energy and mining sectors. Most of leading companies of China from energy, mineral resources, iron and steel sectors have investment in WA or maintain long-term cooperation with WA companies. The relation between China and WA has become closer and closer.

It’s almost one year since I’m posted in Perth as Consul General in October last year. We have organized a series of activities in this year, including the Chinese Film festival, Open Day of the Consulate General, as well as today’s Photography Exhibition. We hope these activities will help deepen mutual understanding and friendship the two peoples. I would also like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the friends from all sectors promoting and witnessing the growth of China-Australia relations over the past 20years.

Ladies and gentlemen,

To recall the past and compare it with the present, China –Australia cooperation has made notable achievements over the past 42 years. Looking forward into the future , let us work together to promote the development of bilateral relations in wider areas and at higher levels.

And finally I’d like to propose a toast to the development of China-Australia friendly relations and to the health of all the distinguished guests present here today. Thank you

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