(Remarks by His Excellency Ambassador Chen Yuming at the Celebration of the Year of the Dragon by the Australian Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of
10 February 2012,
Chairman William Chiu,
Consul-General Duan Jielong,
Dear Compatriots and Friends,
At the beginning of the traditional Year of the Dragon, I wish to extend, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in
In 2012, the lunar Year of the Dragon, we also celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between
Over four decades, the China-Australia relations, like dragon rising and tiger leaping, have forged ahead with fruitful outcomes.
In 40 years, high level visits and exchanges at all levels were frequent. Mutual trust between our two countries in various areas has deepened.
People-to-people interactions were dynamic. The number of visitors to and fro exceeded 1 million annually.
Trade relations continued to be strong. Last year's volume topped 100 billion dollars, 1000 times larger than 40 years ago.
The "Year of the Australian Culture in
Over 170,000 Chinese students are studying in
Dear compatriots and friends,
In 40 years of remarkable growth of relations, the Chinese community in
As we enter the 40th year of diplomatic relations, you, the Chinese community in
You inspire me with your enterprise and dedication.
The Chinese community has been indispensable in
I hope you will keep the faith and spirit of the past 40 and 200 years, further strengthen unity with other local communities and promote common prosperity.
You inspire me with your contribution to China-Australia relations.
You are a bridge of friendship and messengers of goodwill.
You take an active part in and facilitate cooperation between the two countries.
The mission you carry is lofty.
I hope you will continue to be active, look for more opportunities, conduct more cooperation and achieve more success.
You inspire me with your deep sentiment towards
You cherish and celebrate your ancestral bond with the country of origin.
You feel proud and elated when
I hope you will continue to care for and support
Cultural traditions are a nation's blood ties.
The Chinese culture is the common spiritual home of the Chinese community around the world.
It is my sincere hope that compatriots and friends from the Chinese community in
I wish you all happiness and good luck in the Year of the Dragon.