Speech by DR. XU Jie On the Occasion of Celebrating Air China's Inaugural Beijing to Brisbane Service
Mr. CAI Wei, Minister of Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Australia,
Cr. Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor of Brisbane,
Mr. Xulun HOU, Vice President of Air China,
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good evening.
It is a great pleasure to partake in the celebration of Air China's inaugural Beijing to Brisbane Service. It is the third new direct flight operated by Chinese airlines between China and Queensland this year. And Chinese biggest airline began providing service to the people in Queensland. First, on behalf of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Brisbane, I would like to express our sincere congratulations to Air China and its business partners for making this event possible.
In recent years, China-Queensland economic and trade cooperation has been growing rapidly and achieved fruitful results. China has been the largest trading partner of Queensland for five consecutive years. Now China is Queensland's biggest export market, source of import, source of overseas visitors and source of foreign students. Just for last year alone, Queensland received 485 thousand Chinese tourists, which counts a year-on-year growth of 33%. We believe that Air China, along with other Chinese airlines, will make new contributions to our cooperation in trade and investment and people to people exchanges.
Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and the political, cultural, international exchange and scientific and technical innovation center. Queensland is known of its leading technology, and Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia, which has excellent scientific and technological innovation and R & D ability. The cooperation between China and Queensland has great potential and bright future.
Today I have a great honour to witness the Air China's inaugural Beijing to Brisbane Service. I believe there will be more cooperation outcomes in the near future.
Finally, I would like to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you.