This photo taken on September 8, 2019 shows the Chinese and Australian national flags on a celebration event in Sydney, Australia. PHOTO XINHUA PERTH, Australia - Chinese Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian said in Perth on Saturday that a healthy and stable development of bilateral relations is in line with the fundamental interests of the two peoples.
Xiao made remarks while speaking at the national conference of the Australia China Friendship Society in Perth, capital of Western Australia.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the China-Australia diplomatic relations. Xiao noted in the past 50 years that bilateral practical cooperation not only boosted China's economic and social development, but also brought prosperity to Australia's various industries, and helped it weather several global or regional economic and financial crises.
During the past five decades, China has always looked at bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective and has always committed to friendly exchanges and cooperation with Australia in the spirit of mutual respect and mutual benefit. This policy remains the same. The ambassador said that it also faces some new opportunities because of the fact that the bilateral ties are at a new juncture.
Xiao stressed that China and Australia could coexist in harmony despite their differences in many aspects.
It is important to respect the diversity of civilizations, respect the choice of development path in accordance with its own national conditions, and make exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations a powerful bond for maintaining world peace and promoting common development. Xiao also spoke highly of the role of Western Australia as a major driving force and great contributor to the China-Australia cooperation, and praised the friendship between the two peoples as a foundation for bilateral relations.
He said that the Chinese Consulates-General in Australia are ready to work with the Australian federal government, state governments and friends from all walks of life to move forward the China-Australia relationship in the right direction to benefit the two countries and peoples.