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Chinese Consul-General Dr. Huang Qinguo's Speech at the Reception of 2016 Spring Festival


Her Excellency Mrs. Kerry Sanderson, Governor of Western Australia,

Hon. Mr. Bill Marmion, Minister for Finance, Mines and Petroleum,

Hon. Mr Mark McGowan, Leader of the Opposition,

Distinguished guests, friends,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good Evening!

The year of Monkey is coming with joy while we bid farewell to the year of Sheep. It's my great pleasure to join all of you here tonight upon the arrival of the Chinese New Year. The Spring Festival is the most significant Chinese traditional festival, it's a time of joyful reunion, a time of wonderful expectations, a time of Oriental Thanksgiving. I'd like to, on behalf of all staff of the Chinese Consulate-General in Perth, extend the best wish of Chinese New Year to you and through you, to all overseas Chinese, the staff of Chinese companies and Chinese students in Western Australia, and to all people who are committed to contributing to the bilateral relation between China and Australia.

2015 is a year of success. Against complex international situation and upgrading downward pressure on China' s economy, Chinese government adhere to the general principle of seeking progress while keeping performance stable, actively adapt to and guide the new normal in China' s economic development, properly tackle tough problems and challenges head on, promote to achieve economic, political, cultural, social, and ecological advancements significantly. In 2015 China achieved a GDP increase by 6.9%, ranking among world's top ones. The economic structure keeps optimizing, people are living a constantly improving life. We successfully concluded The Twelfth Five-Year Guideline, the eighteen session of the Fifth Plenary Session of Communist Party of China released the Thirteen five planning proposals which draws a new blueprint for China's future development. China pursue peaceful development, seek positive advancement of friendly relations with all countries and thus being respected and greeted by international communities. On 3rd September, Chinese government held a grand commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Chinese people's Anti Japanese War and the victory of the world anti fascist war. On that commemoration, the reduction of 300 thousand military personnel has been announced, again indicating the confidence and determination of Chinese government and people to safeguard world peace and promote common development.

During 2015, China-Australia relationship achieved steady progress and satisfying outcomes. Bilatural Free Trade Agreement has been concluded and put into effect after a decade's negotiation, China and Australia reached consensus on China's "One Belt One Road" Initiative and Australia's plan to develop its northern region which strategically reinforce each other. Australia participates in the establishment of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. All those will inject new energy to both nations' economic development. As the western gateway to Australia and with a leading mining, agricultural and regional economy, WA is the nearest Australian state to China as well as the only state sitting in the same time zone with China, it has been a locomotive in engaging with Chinese economy. In 2014-2015 fiscal year, WA's exports to China accounted for nearly 70% of Australia's total. China has been WA's largest trading partner and No. 1 export market, while bilateral cooperations in all aspects continue to deepen and people-to-people exchanges constantly increase.

In past years, the overseas Chinese, staff of Chinese companies and Chinese students in WA has worked hard for career success and academic accomplishments. You live and share with the local community and contribute to the local economic and social development. Meanwhile, you actively attended and supported the development of China, contributed significantly to China-Australia friendship and bilateral cooperations in all fields.

The year of 2016 is an inspiring year. It is the the first year for China to build a society of initial prosperity in all respects, also the crucial year to deepen structural reform. The Chinese government will carry on reform and opening up, uphold the concept of innovative, coordinated, environmental-friendly, open-minded and sharing development, resort to fresh ideas and new strategies for unprecedented practice and achievements, aiming for a sound start on the path of economic social development. With confidence, Chinese people strive on the great journey of achieving the goal of building a society of initial prosperity in all respects and realizing the Chinese Dream. China will continue to follow a path of peaceful development and a win-win strategy of opening-up, join hands with all nations in the world, Australia included, for common development.

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,

2016 is the year of Monkey, which symbolizes intelligence and progress. The Chinese Consulate-General in Perth will continue to work together with you, and with innovative spirits, for the interests of China-Australia friendship and both people, to push forward the concrete cooperation between China and WA.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I propose a toast

To the prosperity of our great motherland!

To the deepening development of China-Australia relations and cooperations between China and West Australia!

To good health and happiness of everyone! Cheers!

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