Australian state seeks to strengthen ties with China

CANBERRA, May 15 (Xinhua) — The strong relationship between China and Australia is good for both sides, some businessmen from the Australian state of Victoria have said.

Victoria, with Melbourne as its capital city, is Australia’s second most populous state and accounts for around 22 per cent of the national gross domestic product (GDP).

Chinese Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian visited the state from Thursday to Saturday and met with some officials, businessmen and people from the cultural and educational fields.

“From the Australian side, China is our number one trading partner and we look forward to furthering that relationship,” said Matthew Schofield, president of the Australia China Business Council Victoria Branch.

Speaking of the relationship, he pointed to “the fact that there is mutual respect and a desire to expand our common ground and common areas in terms of our business initiatives and future industries are in focus.”

Schofield told Xinhua that after the COVID-19 pandemic, he would like to see more exchanges between companies from the two countries.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Australia. Hailing it as a “wonderful milestone”, he said they were “looking forward to having many celebratory events to support the recognition of that 50th anniversary here in Victoria”.

Kellie Parker, Australian chief executive of the Rio Tinto mining group, told Xinhua that they had a long-term strategic relationship with China.

“We are incredibly proud of our relationship with China. Almost 50 years ago, we shipped our first ore from the Pilbara to Shanghai,” he said.

Rio Tinto has been working with leading Chinese centers of expertise, including China Baowu and Tsinghua University, to develop new methods and technologies for environmentally friendly steelmaking that will reduce emissions and improve resource use efficiency. means. This year, it established the China Technology and Innovation Center in Beijing to better connect its global operations with China’s technology and innovation capabilities.

Speaking of its Chinese cooperation partners, Parker said: “Not only do they produce high-quality goods and services for our business, but they also produce talent, technology and investment. And we know that’s working together in partnership.”

She hopes for more cooperation with China on, for example, decarbonization. “Our next big global issue is decarbonization and we know we can learn from China,” she said.

During his visit, Ambassador Xiao also met Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria, who noted that cooperation between China and the state is mutually beneficial and wished to see strengthening exchanges and collaboration in areas such as education, science medical and sport. .

The Chinese ambassador said that the China-Australia relationship has a very good foundation and the Chinese side would like to work with the Australian people, taking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations as an opportunity to boost the relationship again.

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