On 21 October, Chinese Ambassador to Australia Ma Zhaoxu expressed condolences and sympathy over the passing of former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam to his family.
Ambassador Ma said that as the pioneer in establishing diplomatic relationship with China, Mr. Whitlam ushered in a new era of China-Australia ties. His vision will continue to inspire both countries to strive for an ever stronger partnership that benefits both peoples. Mr. Whitlam will never really leave us. He will always be remembered as a dear old friend of the Chinese people for generations to come.