|Address by H.E. Consul General Li Huaxin at the Reception Celebrating the Chinese New Year|
H.E. Professor Marie Bashir, the Governor of NSW,
H.E. Mr. Ma Zhaoxu, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Commonwealth of Australia and his wife,
Hon. Minister Victor Dominello, Minister for Citizenship and Communities, representing the Premier of NSW,
Hon. Minister Michael Gallacher, Minister for Police and Emergency Services,
Hon. Don Harwin, President of the Legislative Council,
Hon. Nickolas Varvaris, Federal MP,
Hon. Shaoquett Moselmane MLC, Charles Casuscelli MP, Mark Coure MP,
H.E. Virginia Greville, NSW State Director of DFAT,
Distinguished Mayors and Councillors,
Distinguished Mr. Frank Chou OAM, Honorary Chairman of the Australian Teo Chew Association,
Dr. Tony Goh, Chairman of the Australian Council of Chinese Organizations,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Tonight, we hold a grand reception to warmly celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Horse. On behalf of the Chinese Consulate General in Sydney, I would like to extend warm welcome and New Year’s wishes to all the distinguished guests. I also want to particularly thank the presence of H.E. Governor Marie Bashir and H.E. Ambassador Ma and his wife.
On the occasion of the Australia Day, I would like to extend my warm congratulations. May Australia enjoy prosperity and its people happiness!
In 2013, China-NSW practical cooperation kept fast development, economic and investment cooperation continuously deepen and people-to-people and cultural exchanges gradually intensify. China became NSW’s largest source of international tourists for the first time. Vast overseas Chinese and Chinese Australians in NSW, personnel in Chinese enterprises, and scholars and students from China worked hard and achieved outstanding successes. You have not only won the praise and respect of people from all walks of life, but also made your own contributions to China-Australia strategic partnership and China-NSW relations. I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt tribute to you.
Today I would like to introduce some of the current affairs in China to you. 2013 is a remarkable year. In this year, China’s new leadership took office; Shenzhou-10 spacecraft and Chang’e-3 lunar probe were successfully launched; China’s economy kept sound and steady development and GDP increased by 7.7% than last year; the new course was chartered for comprehensively deepening reforms. China is gradually and firmly stepping forward towards the realization of the Chinese Dream.
The Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee in November 2013 proposed the general objective and timetable concerning comprehensively deepening reforms and outlined new blueprint for China’s future development. The significance of the session is no less than the Third Plenary Session of the 11th CPC Central Committee which opened China’s reform process. The reforms cover 15 fields including political, economic, cultural, social, judicial and ecological aspects. 55 major reform tasks were proposed on the session. The session not only drew the route map for reforms, but also established detailed timetable so as to “obtain decisive results in key areas in 2020”. Now China’s reforms entered deep-water zone with unprecedented complexity and difficulty. China will further open up in comprehensively deepening reforms, leave the market to play the decisive role in allocation of resources, promote more effective, just and sustainable development so as to build a solid foundation for completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all aspects and the realization of the Chinese Dream namely the great renewal of the Chinese nation.
China’s comprehensively deepening reforms will also bring benefits to the building of an upgraded version of China-Australia mutually beneficial cooperation.
Firstly, the session proposes to narrow the income distribution gaps between urban and rural areas and promote a healthy urbanization. As the incomes of Chinese people increase, Australia’s goods and service will have a broader market.
Secondly, the session decides to push forward an orderly opening-up of the finance, education, culture and medical sectors. Meanwhile, market access limitations of many service industries will be eased. Australia’s service industry will enjoy a more open and liberal access to Chinese market.
Thirdly, the session points out to bring into play the decisive role of the market in allocation of resources for the first time. The government’s interference to economy will be further reduced. Australia enterprises in China will gain a more stable, transparent and predictable business environment.
Fourthly, enterprises and individuals will be allowed to conduct investment cooperation overseas, which will surely stimulate their initiative to carry out overseas investment. The future China-Australia investment cooperation will have a wide development space.
I hope overseas Chinese in Australia and Chinese Australians, Chinese enterprises and students could contribute your efforts to China-Australia friendly cooperation.
At present, China-Australia strategic partnership generally keeps sound momentum. All-round exchanges and cooperation gradually deepen. At the same time, the two sides have disagreements on some issues. I believe that as long as both sides adhere to the principles of mutual respect and equality from a strategic height and a long-term perspective, accommodate each other's core interests and major concerns, our bilateral relations will be able to continue to maintain healthy and steady development.
The Year of the Horse is a year of gallop. It signifies wealthy and prosperity. In conclusion, I wish all the distinguished guests and your family good health and much success in the Year of the Horse. Thank you!