Remarks by Consul General Dr. Xu Jie on the Occasion of Celebrating Hainan Airlines Inaugural Flight between Shenzhen and Brisbane
(21st September, 2017, Brisbane International Airport)
Hon. Kate Jones, Minister for Education and Tourism,
Rt. Hon. Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor of Brisbane,
Mr. Sun Jian Feng, Managing director of Hainan Airlines,
Mr. Chris Freeman, director and board member of Brisbane Airport,
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
Good morning!
It's my great pleasure to join the ceremony for the launch of the Hainan Airlines' direct flight between ShenZhen and Brisbane. On behalf of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Brisbane, I 'd like to extend our heartfelt congratulations.
In 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Australia, upgraded our relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership. 2008 witnessed the establishment of sister province/state relations between Guangdong Province of China and Queensland. Since 1992 Shenzhen and Brisbane have established sister city relations and have long enjoyed and constantly enriched the fruitful friendship.
China has become the largest import and export market, the largest source of overseas tourists and students to Queensland and one of the key investors in Queensland. ShenZhen is known as the window of China's reform and opening-up. Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland, and the third largest city of Australia. The new route directly links the two promising lands and will surely help in the expanding and deepening of our economic and trade cooperation and people to people exchanges, thus enhance China-Queensland relations and China-Australia relations to a large extend.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Australia, and also is China-Australia year of tourism. It is an honor to witness the launch of the new route between ShenZhen and Brisbane at this very  moment. So let us seize the opportunities, take full advantages of these aviation facilities, and make a new chapter of China-Australia and China-Queensland relations.
Thank you all.