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Consul-General Lei Kezhong's Speech at Australia-China Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation
3 February 2017

Hon Dr Mike Nahan, MLA, Treasurer, Minister for energy, Citizenship and Multicultural Interests,

Mr. Peter Tinley, MLA, shadow minister for science, representing the leader of the opposition.

Prof. Ma guowei, President of WA Chinese Scientists Association

Prof. Robyn Owens, Deputy Vice Chancellor of UWA,

Professors, friends,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It's a great pleasure for me to attend the inaugural Australia-China Conference on science, technology and Innovation. On behalf of the Chinese Consulate General, I'd like to congratulate WA Chinese scientists Association and other parties involved for holding such a conference.

As we all know, science, technology and Innovation is an important area of cooperation between China and Australia. We both have a great number of respected and talented professors, researchers and scientists who have made significant achievements and contributions to our bilateral cooperation. Here today, we have many of such respected professors and researchers. Your efforts are highly appreciated.

At the same time, I believe the 4 day conference will provide a very good opportunity for our two sides to exchange ideas and share innovations in the area of science and technology, and will be conducive to further strengthening of collaboration and joint researches in related areas between our two sides.

As you know, this conference is a part of a series of Chinese Spring Festival activities sponsored by WA government this year, that also reflects the close relations between China and WA.

This year is the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Australia, and also the year of Tourism between our two countries. Furthermore, this year is also the 30th anniversary of the sister city relationship between zhejiang Province and WA. Therefore, I believe we will usher in great chances of development in our bilateral relations.

Finally, I wish you a great success for the conference, as well as a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year, the year of the rooster!

Thank you!

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