Remarks at the Reception by ACBC in Celebration of Chinese New Year

(28th February, 2018)

His Excellency the Honorable Governor Paul de Jersey,
Mr. Stephen Abbott, President of ACBC,
Mr. Michael Choi, Vice-President of ACBC,
Mr. Derek Brown, Director of Queensland State Office, DFAT,
Mayor Luke Smith,
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening!

It is my great honor and pleasure to join you tonight at this wonderful function. 

As an important business organization dedicated to promoting business and trade between Australia and China, ACBC has made great efforts in informing the public the importance of China-Australia trade relationship and strengthening this relations by building up a community with shared future. I hereby would like to express my heartfelt thanks to what you have done and my congratulations on what you have achieved in the past few years.

The year 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up policy. This policy has brought about tremendous changes to China over the past 40 years. As you may have noticed that we have set up an exhibition for the first China International Import Expo in the hall. The Expo is to be held in Shanghai this November. Over the next five years, China will import goods and services valuing more than 10 trillion USD from around the world. It provides a historic opportunity for enterprises across the world to enter the huge Chinese market. It is a major step for the Chinese government to firmly support trade liberalization and economic globalization, and is conducive to promoting the development of an open world economy. In the spirit of joint development, we sincerely hope that Australian enterprises, those from Queensland particularly, actively participate in this Expo.

Consulate-General of the P.R. China in Brisbane will continue to work closely with ACBC and provide our strong support and facilitation to  business development and cooperation between our two countries. 

In Chinese zodiac, this year is the year of the dog. We know dog is a symbol of loyalty, wisdom and auspiciousness. And I wish you and your family a healthy, happy and prosperous Year of the Dog!

Thank you!