Chinese ambassador to Australia takes office

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Chinese ambassador to Australia takes office

Ambassador Xiao Qian Center arrived in Australia on January 26, 2022 to assume office, as an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Commonwealth of Australia. Xiao Qian, a Chinese ambassador to Indonesia and a veteran diplomat, assumed the office of Chinese ambassador to Australia on Wednesday. In his first remarks, he stated that China and Australia should stay in the right direction to keep bilateral relations moving forward. Analysts said that the message sent on Australia's national day was a gesture of kindness and goodwill to reset and improve relations, which are at their lowest ebb. They stressed that the Morrison administration should correct its wrong China policies. A sound China-Australia relationship serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples. In a message released by the Chinese Embassy in Australia on Wednesday, Ambassador Xiao said that China and Australia will keep moving forward and make further progress as long as we adopt a long-term and big-picture perspective, as long as we adhere to the principle of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit and stay firm in the right direction of bilateral relations. The Chinese Embassy in Australia is committed to advancing exchanges and cooperation in various areas, as well as promoting the sound and steady development of bilateral relations, Xiao said, saying that the website of the Chinese Embassy in Australia would serve as a window to friends from all walks of life to learn more about China and China-Australia relations, and that it would be a bridge to facilitate exchanges and cooperation between the two countries. The message of the new ambassador was released on January 26th, which marks Australia's national day. The ambassador's message carries the kindness and willingness to improve bilateral relations, said Chen Hong, a professor and director of the East China Normal UniversityChina Normal University, the Australian Studies Centre. This year is going to be a good time to reset their damaged relations between the two countries, because this year will also mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Australia. Ambassador Xiao used to work in Indonesia, an important neighbor of Australia. He is familiar with Australia and its neighbors in Asia. Chen noted that his rich diplomatic experience will help to dispel misunderstandings. Xiao, born in 1964, is a veteran diplomat who has worked in many countries, including India, the US, the Philippines and Hungary. From 2015 to 2016 he was deputy representative for Korean Peninsular affairs and ambassador for Asian Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Xiao, who was the then Chinese ambassador to Indonesia, responded strongly to the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo's comments on China's threats during Pompeo's visit to Indonesia. The wheels of human history keep moving forward with the trend of inevitable peace, according to Xiao. A few US politicians must abandon their wrong and hostile China policy, stop sowing discord and interfering with China's friendly cooperation with regional countries, stop destroying regional peace and stability, and stop trampling on international order and international justice, or it will only end with total failure. The year 2021 witnessed the deterioration of relations between China and Australia, due to the US government's constant provocation against China on issues that relate to China's core interests. The former Chinese ambassador Cheng Jingye left the post in October 2021 and in a statement bidding the country farewell, Cheng said that the current difficult situation facing China-Australia relations was saddening and he hoped that it could be improved. The Morrison administration seems to have no willingness to improve the bilateral relations it has damaged, judging from the string of actions taken since the beginning of the year, according to analysts. The Australian Prime Minister seems to have gone further astray in targeting China. During his speech to the Davos World Economic Forum on January 21, he took aim at China on what he called economic coercion, foreign interference and cyberattacks. The Morrison administration and Australian media accused China of blocking Morrison's WeChat public account this week. Anti-China hawks in the Morrison administration are working hard to push China-Australia relations to a new low, which means that the tasks for Ambassador Xiao are tough, Chen said. Chen said that former Australian leaders met more adversaries when they planned to establish diplomatic relations with China in 1972, but they didn't make it. The key to improving the bilateral relationship is whether Australian leaders have the determination to make changes and whether the Morrison administration can make corrections. Since 1972, both China and Australia have built win-win relations that have improved mutual trust and understanding of the two peoples, despite concrete disputes or territorial disputes. If bilateral relations could be reset in the right direction, it would be good for the two countries and the world in the post-COVID 19 era, Chen noted.