On April 10, 2014, the Chinese ambassador to Australia MA Zhaoxu published in The Western Australian a signed article with the title of " China growth deepens our ties ". The full text is as follows:
Historic changes have taken place since China launched its reform and opening up policy more than 30 years ago.
That policy will not change because China's leaders realise it is the best way to build a better life for the Chinese people.
As President Xi Jinping put it: "The Chinese people have an ardent love for life. They wish to have better education, jobs, social security, medical and health care, housing and environment. They want their children to lead a more enjoyable life. To meet their desire for a happy life is our mission."
The new round of reform will bring more opportunities to both China and the rest of the world, including Australia.
China's economic aggregate has reached $10.07 trillion and per-capita GDP almost $7458. Chinese people are now leading a much better life.
But China remains a developing country with 1.3 billion people and 128 million of them still in poverty. Every year, seven million graduates need to find jobs.
To achieve its goals, China needs to focus on economic development and poverty reduction.
Last year, China's economy grew 7.7 per cent, a high rate in the global context. More than 13 million new jobs were created for urban residents, the largest number in history. The ratio of service sector to total GDP rose from 44.6 per cent in 2012 to 46.1 per cent last year, overtaking secondary industry for the first time.
The GDP of the central and western regions accounted for 44.4 per cent of total GDP, 0.2 per centage points higher than 2012. Per capita, net income of rural residents grew 9.3 per cent in real terms, 2.3 per centage points higher than that of urban residents.
The service sector has become a new engine driving China's sustainable economic growth. The market potential of China's central and western regions and rural areas is gradually being unleashed.
China is launching a new round of reform and opening-up. We are introducing a market-oriented lending rate. We have established the Shanghai Free Trade Zone and are exploring ways to remove hurdles to foreign investment access.
Sectors such as financial and shipping services, commerce and trade, professional, cultural and social services are all open to foreign investment. We have also eased market access.
China has been Australia's biggest two-way trading partner, export market and source of imports for several years.
Chinese Customs statistics show that last year two-way cargo trade reached $149.58 billion, up 11.5 per cent year on year. China's import from Australia stood at $108.39 billion, up 16.8 per cent year on year.
Australia ran a commodity trade surplus of $67.19 billion with China, up 30.8 per cent compared with 2012.
The Australia-China Business Council 2013 report found that trade with China benefits Australian households in income equivalent terms by more than $13,400 a year.
It has increased job opportunities and income for Australian families.
China imports not only energy and mineral resources but also agricultural produce and energy-saving and environmental products from Australia.
China-Australia two-way investment has been expanding in scale and scope. Statistics from China's Commerce Ministry show China's non-financial investment in Australia last year was $4.32 billion, an increase of 82.4 per cent.
By the end of last year, China's non-financial direct investment in Australia was about $18.65 billion. Australia is one of China's major investment destinations. Chinese investment is mainly in areas such as energy and resource development, agriculture, manufacturing, financial services, real estate and IT.
Western Australia is the pioneer in China-Australia business co-operation. China is the State's biggest trading partner, export market and source of imports.
Two-way trade between Western Australia and China was $77.11 billion last year, up 27.6 per cent. WA's exports to China totalled $72.83 billion, increasing 30 per cent year on year and accounting for 70.2 per cent of Australia's total exports to China.
Nearly 10,000 Chinese students are studying in Western Australia. And with direct flights between Guangzhou and Perth, the number of Chinese tourists is rising remarkably.
Both China and Australia are transforming and upgrading their economies. It means a rare opportunity to upgrade economic cooperation. China's industrialisation, urbanisation and development of its central and western regions will sustain demand for energy, minerals, agriculture and services.
We will also see more complementary ties in infrastructure, telecommunications, environmental protection, science and technology.
China's urbanisation is estimated to grow 1.2 per cent a year in the coming 10 years, driving demand for energy and resources.
China's consumption is also growing with the rising living standard of its people, which means higher demand for high-quality food.
But our relationship is far more than business co-operation. Political ties have maintained momentum. We established a strategic partnership last year and enjoy frequent high-level exchanges. People-to-people links are becoming stronger, as the number of Chinese students and tourists indicates. We have also had a productive defence and security dialogue, joint military exercises and mutual visits of warships.
China and Australia have a different history, culture, political system and development stage. It is natural we are not always on the same page.
But the two countries have no fundamental conflict of interests and our common interests far outweigh our differences.
We should properly handle the problems that crop up in our relations. The past 40 years of China-Australia ties prove that as long as we respect each other and treat each other as equals, we can properly address our differences.