Remarks by Mr. Wang Xining, Minister of the Chinese Embassy, at the Opening Ceremony of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of the Northern Territory of Australia
2019/07/23

Honorable Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Michael Gunner,

Honorable Lord Mayor of Darwin Kon Vatskalis,

Respected President Alan Jape and vice presidents,

On behalf of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Commonwealth of Australia and His Excellency Ambassador Cheng Jingye, I would like to extend congratulations on the inauguration of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of the Northern Territory of Australia.

I would also like to express gratitude to the NT government and local Chinese community for your constant support to the work of the Chinese Embassy and cooperation between China and Australia.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. It is no easy job for the Chinese people, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, to build the country into the second largest economy and largest trading nation in the world, and at the same time the biggest partner with Australia in terms of trade, overseas education and, according to the latest report, scientific research.

This cannot be done without support from the international community and cooperation with countries around the world, including Australia. Or, without support and assistance from the overseas Chinese Community, for which we are always grateful.

It is my pleasure to report to you that China's economy is in great shape today. All major economic indicators for the first half of the year match our expectation in the course of upgrading our economic structure and achieving high-quality development. China is determined to continue cooperation with the rest of the world by deepening open and reform policy.

Forty-five years ago, in 1974, Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin, leaving the city in total devastation. I was dumbfounded at the sight of the pictures in the NT museum showing the city in rubbles and debris. It is no easy job for the Territorians to rebuild Darwin into a modern and beautiful city. It proves a saying that the Northern Territory is a "land for the tough".

Today, Northern Territory stands ready for further development to emerge as a key link between Asia and Australia. That calls for tough minds and tough moves. The cooperation between NT and relevant Chinese provinces and municipalities has already been fruitful and we encourage further collaboration in wide-ranging sectors. Huge potentials are waiting to be tapped, especially in the field of converging NT's development plan with the Belt and Road Initiative.

A hundred years before Cyclone Tracy, in 1874, the first batch of Chinese gold miners came to Northern Territory, according to the official record. But legend says Chinese merchants might have visited this region long before that.

The local Chinese community, embracing traditional Chinese virtues such as diligence, wisdom, compassion, integrity, tolerance, persistence, worked hard for generations together with people of all ethnic origins to build Northern Territory what it is and make Australians who you are today. They have contributed their parts to the growth of NT and the city of Darwin, as I observe, as a model of multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society in Australia.

We hope that the Chinese community in the Northern Territory, and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in particular, will continue its contributions for the well-being of the region and its people. And you will continue to support the cooperation between Australia, including NT, and China in the role of a bridge and link.

The Chinese Embassy is committed to facilitating every effort that is aimed at bringing up China-Australia friendship and partnership, to give people of the two countries a better future. We will work with the NT government to step up cooperation between Northern Territory and its counterparts in China. And we will offer better service to the local Chinese Community.

Thank you very much.

 

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