|Consul General Hu Shan Pays Courtesy Call to NSW Premier Hon. Nathan Rees MP|
On 22 December, Consul General Hu Shan visited Governor Macquarie Tower, where he paid a courtesy call to Hon. Nathan Rees MP, Premier of New South Wales. The two gentlemen had an in-depth discussion on economic and trade cooperation, security of Chinese students in NSW and other issues of mutual concern.
Mr. Hu Shan said he looked forward to working with the NSW Government to promote all-round and pragmatic China-NSW cooperation and therefore hoped to have Mr. Rees’ support. Mr. Rees emphasized the great importance he attached to developing NSW-China relations and promised his full support. Mr. Rees also called for closer cooperation to tackle the difficulties brought by the financial crisis. Mr. Rees talked about his plan to visit China in 2009 and expected to exchange opinions with the Chinese Consulate regarding his visit arrangement.
Mr. Hu raised the issue of security of Chinese students in NSW and hoped that the NSW Government and departments could take practical and necessary measures in this regard, so as to promote the already-strong China-NSW education exchanges and cooperation. Mr. Rees echoed Mr. Hu’s concern. He said the NSW Government was very serious about security of students from China and other countries. A special task force has been set up and the Government is having multilingual security brochures printed to be provided to international students in NSW.
The two gentlemen also talked about the 30th anniversary of Guangdong-NSW sister city relations and Henan Province’s participation in the coming Chinese New Year Parade in Sydney CBD. The meeting was held in an pleasant and friendly atmosphere.
Deputy Consul General Li Yanduan and Consul Ling Guiru (counselor level) joined Mr. Hu for the visit.