Chinese Ambassador to Australia H.E. Mr. CHENG Jingye paid an official visit to the state of New South Wales from August 9 to 11. During the visit, Ambassador Cheng had meetings with NSW Lieutenant Governor and Chief Justice the Honorable Tom Bathurst, President of the Legislative Council the Honorable Don Harwin, and Leader of the Opposition Mr Luke Foley MP. He also attended the informal official luncheon hosted by Minister for Multiculturalism the Honorable John Ajaka on behalf of the NSW premier. The two sides exchanged views on China's relations with Australia and NSW.
Ambassador Cheng made positive comments on China's relations with Australia and NSW, hoping that NSW could seize on the opportunity and make full of its advantages to tap the potential of its cooperation with China. Ambassador Cheng said that the Chinese Embassy and Consulate-General in Sydney will continue to work closely with the State to further elevate China's relations with Australia and NSW.
The Australian side warmly welcomed Ambassador Cheng and appreciated the long-standing friendly relations with China. The Chinese community has made important contribution to Australia's society and economy. The State highly values its relations with China and stands ready to work with the Chinese side for stronger cooperation with China.
During the visit, Ambassador Cheng attended the signing ceremony and plaque unveiling of the Chinese Medicine Centre in Western Sydney University and the meeting of the new Council of China Chamber of Commerce in Australia, and met with former Australian Prime Minister the Honorable John Howard, and former Australian Foreign Minister and Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute the Honorable Professor Bob Carr respectively. He also visited Australian businesses including ANZ bank and Blackmores.