(22 June, 2013, Sydney)
Mr. Graham Peachey,
Director-General Xu Guoyi and Deputy Director-General Zhai Jiugang,
It is a great pleasure for me to welcome in Sydney maritime patrol vessel Haixun01 which has traveled afar on the sea.
In today's world of globalization, maritime safety is increasingly important to countries across the world. 90% of the global trade was carried by sea, among which Asia takes up half of the world's total maritime trade. It is therefore common interests of the world to jointly protect maritime safety and ensure unimpeded access to trading routes.
There is a great prospect for China-Australia cooperation in maritime administration. With a maximum sailing distance of 10,000 nautical miles without refueling, Haixun01 is the largest patrol and rescue vessel with the most advanced facilities and best overall capability in China. This visit is the longest ever both in time and distance by a Chinese government vessel. The fact that Haixun01 chose Sydney as its first stop fully demonstrates the willingness of the Chinese maritime department to engage in cooperation with Australia.
Haixun01's visit to Australia will surely advance exchanges in maritime administration, enhance mutual understanding and trust and open up new cooperation areas between China and Australia, which will go on to make even greater contributions to international maritime development. Chinese diplomatic and consular missions in Australia are ready to support and promote the productive cooperation in maritime safety between China and Australia.
To conclude, I wish the visit of Haixun01 a full success!