Consulate-General of China in Adelaide Hosts the Dinner Celebrating the 2019 Chinese New Year and Consul-General He’s Official Welcome

On January 17, the Consulate-General of China in Adelaide and the South Australia Government jointly held the dinner celebrating the 2019 Chinese New Year and Consul-General He's official welcome at Adelaide Convention Centre. Mr. Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia, Mr. Steven Marshall, Premier of South Australia, Ms. Vickie Chapman, Deputy Premier, ministers including Mr. Rob Lucas, Treasurer, Mr. David Ridgeway, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Ms. Jing Lee, Assistant Minister to the Premier, Ms. Katrine Hildyard MP representing the Leader of the Opposition, Ms. Sandy Verschoor, Lord Mayor of Adelaide and more than 400 guests from political, business, science, education and culture circles, representatives of Consulates in South Australia, Chinese-enterprises, local Chinese, and Chinese students attended the reception.

In her speech, Consul-General Lanjing He extended festive greetings to the guests and to all local Chinese, Chinese enterprises, Chinese students and friends from all walks of life in South Australia. She expressed her gratitude to the friends of South Australia for their welcome and support to the Consulate-General. The Consulate-General will work with the SA State Government and all the people who care for and support the friendship between China and South Australia, to expand and deepen the exchange and cooperation in economic and trade, people to people contact, local government and other fields, make more contributions to the friendly relations between China and Australia. Consul-General He praised local Chinese living in South Australia for their contribution to promoting local economic and social development and deepening the relationship between China and South Australia. She said that the Consulate General will further implement the principle of people-oriented diplomacy and provide better services to local Chinese, Chinese enterprises and Chinese students. Consul-General He also actively introduced the great achievements China has made in the past 40 years of reform and opening up, saying that China will continue to expand its openness and promote the building of a community of human destiny. China's development will surely bring more development opportunities to countries including Australia.

In his speech, Premier Steven Marshall warmly welcomed Consul-General He, and thanked the Chinese Consulate-General for its important role in promoting the exchanges and cooperation between South Australia and China in the past three years. He expects to continue to maintain close cooperation with the Consulate-General. Mr. Marshall said that the South Australian Liberal Party government has taken the development of relations with China as a policy priority in the past 10 months, and China was chosen as his first visit destination. South Australia has close cultural exchanges with China. China has become the largest source of overseas students and a valuable tourist source for South Australia. The Guangzhou-Adelaide flight opened by China Southern Airlines has reached 5 flights a week (7 flights a week during peak season). The Chinese have become one of the largest and most active immigrant groups in South Australia. They have preserved the Chinese cultural traditions and made great contributions to enriching the local multiculturalism. They are an outstanding example of successful integration into the local society. At the end of his speech, Mr. Marshall used mandarin to express his Chinese New Year greetings to the guests.

The reception was decorated with strong Chinese cultural atmosphere, with lanterns and coloured banners hanging up. The guests warmly welcomed the Consul-General He, and exchanged good wishes for the Chinese New Year. They sincerely praised the tremendous development achievements China has made in the past 40 years of reform and opening up, and expressed their sincere expectations for China-Australia relations and China-South Australia pragmatic cooperation.

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