On the afternoon of March 25, 2017 local time, Premier Li Keqiang watched an Australian football match with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia in Sydney.
With a history of more than 150 years, Australian football is well-known for its fast pace, intense competition, and breathtaking match, and it is one of Australia's most popular sports. The match was played by the two teams that respectively won the championship of the Australian Football League－the Sydney Swans and Port Adelaide.
When Li Keqiang arrived at the stadium, Malcolm Turnbull greeted him at the entrance. The Chinese Premier and Australian Prime Minister came to the warm-up area to kindly interact with the players. Being told that there are players from China in the Australian teams, Li Keqiang warmly asked their training life here, and praised the practice of the two countries to strengthen communication. With great interest, Li Keqiang and Malcolm Turnbull practiced Australian football passing skills, attracting the applause from the players.
When in the grandstand, the players from the two teams presented their scarves to Li Keqiang, and warmly welcomed the Chinese Premier to watch the game, saying that they are eager to have more opportunities to perform and play Australian football in China. Li Keqiang specially tied the two scarves together, and said with humor that although it is still hot in Sydney, I still wear both scarves to show my love and support for the two teams and even all the teams in Australia. No matter who wins in today's great match, I will cheer and applaud for him.
Li Keqiang pointed out that civilization is colorful for its diversity. I welcome you to show the charm of Australian football in China, and build more bridges of friendship between for China and Australia through strengthening people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation including sports.
When the match started, the Chinese Premier and Australian Prime Minister as well as all the audience jointly cheered for the players. As the atmosphere of the stadium went intense, the friendly atmosphere between China and Australia went warmer and sweeter.