April 20th, 2016

Open new chapter in Sino-Australian relations

On the occasion of Australian Prime Minister Turnbull’s visit to China, Mr. Xiao Wunan, Executive Vice Chairman of APECF, at the invitation of Australia's Federal Parliament & Parliament of New South Wales, led an investment and business delegation with a total of 50 people to visit Sydney and New South Wales in Australia. This visit was aimed at cooperation in agriculture and husbandry between China and Australia. The delegation visited a vineyard, a ranch, and an olive planting base in New Welsh. On the evening of April 12th, the host held a farewell party for the delegation at Park Hyatt Sydney.

Mr. Xiao Wunan (left), Executive Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific Exchange & Cooperation Foundation, and Australian Federal Congressman Philip Ruddock (right), pose for a group photo.

Mrs. Shelley Hancock (center), Australian congresswoman and Speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, exchanges ideas about agricultural projects with the delegation.

During its visit, the delegation led by Mr. Xiao Wunan, Executive Vice Chairman of APECF, was hosted by Mrs. & Mr. Shelley Hancock, Australian congresswoman and Speaker of New Welsh. In her speech of farewell party, Sherry said she was very glad to meet with the honored guests from APECF, China New Media Industry Association and Inner Mongolia Credit Association in Sydney. She has deep feelings for China. With the development of Sino-Australian relationship, exchanges between cities of China and have Australia become more frequent. That Guangzhou and Sydney established a sister relationship is a symbol of Sino-Australian friendly exchanges. Xiao Wunan, executive vice chairman of APECF, explained the friendship and history between these two countries, and suggested that Sino-Australian cooperation should continue to forge ahead, especially in Eco-agriculture industrialization.

In addition, Zhang Wenqing, deputy head of the Inner Mongolian delegation & chairman of the Credit Association, made an introduction about the development and achievements of Inner-Mongolian eco-husbandry, and recommended to the Australian side husbandry industrialization leader Xueyuan Dairy Group, Zengjiayuan Modern Leisure Organic Agriculture and other enterprises traveling with the delegation. He also expressed confidence in the potential for cooperation with Australia in the future. Han Xiongliang, secretary general of Chinese New Media Industry Association, said new media knows no boundaries and will play a vital role in the development of Sino-Australian business exchanges. He also said new media must fulfill its responsibilities, promote positive energy, and encourage entrepreneurs to promote cooperation and development of eco-husbandry between China and Australia.

It is worth recalling that President Xi Jinping made a historic visit to Australia in 2014, promoting the development of Sino-Australia comprehensive strategic cooperative relationship to the delight of people in China and Australia. The bilateral friendly relationship is based on people’s friendship and exchanges. Australia is one of the most friendly countries toward China in the West. APECF has played a very active and important role in promoting bilateral relationship. Dozens of visits to Australia to promote Sino-Australian cooperation in areas of energy, mining industry, finance, transport and agriculture, resulted in substantial achievements. It received high praise from Australia’s previous prime ministers, such as Bob Hawke, Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott. Meanwhile, Australia’s Federal Parliament, the governor of New Welsh and Queensland spoke highly of these efforts.Besides, APECF has hosted previous Australian prime ministers Bob Hawke and Tony Abbott, chairman Morris Newman and president Macquarie of ABC in Beijing. APECF promotes cooperation and dialogue in different fields as well. Australian national media Financial Times, ABC and other mainstream media have also reported the efforts and achievements by APECF to promote bilateral relation.

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