Activities Launched to Celebrate 30th Anniversary of Shandong-South Australia Sister Province-State Relationship

Premier Jay Weatherill of South Australia led a government and business delegation to visit Shandong. On April 6th, Launching Ceremony of the 30th Anniversary of Shandong-South Australia Sister Province-State Relationship was held in Jinan. Party Secretary Jiang Yikang, Deputy Party Secretary and Governor Guo Shuqing, and Premier Jay Weatherill of South Australia attended the ceremony. Before the launching ceremony, Jiang Yikang and Guo Shuqing met with Premier Weatherill and his delegation. 

During the meeting, Jiang Yikang welcomed the guests on behalf of CPC Shandong Committee and provincial government. He said, I headed a delegation to South Australia in September last year and I am deeply impressed by the friendly South Australian people and thriving development of the State. We sincerely admire the achievement made by South Australia in its economic and social development. This year marks the 30th anniversary of sister relationship between Shandong and South Australia. Upholding the idea of win-win cooperation, the two sides have made progress on various fronts. We have jointly built the platform of cooperation and development forum, established the meeting mechanism of high level working group, signed the Friendly Cooperation Action Plan, and made positive progress on some cooperation projects and major events. This year is not only the 30th birthday of the sister relationship, but also the year for free trade agreement between China and Australia to come into effect, thus bringing new historic opportunity to deepening the bilateral relationship. Jiang hoped that, the two sides could build on the wisdom and experience accumulated during past three decade of friendly cooperation, speed up the building of a new type of sister relationship under the framework of CAFTA, promote the friendly cooperation between the two sides to broader areas and deeper levels, serve as a model of regional cooperation, and make new achievement in building the sister relationship. 

Premier Weatherill said, during 30 years of friendly exchanges between South Australia and Shandong, many ideas have been turned into reality, and now the relationship between the two sides is moving towards further and broader areas, and I brought with me the largest government and business mission in South Australian history. Through in-depth exchanges, the two sides will tap into the cooperation potential in more areas and on deeper level. The cooperation between Shandong and South Australia has entered into an unprecedented time with abundant opportunities. South Australia would love to be the gateway for Shandong to develop in Australia. South Australia will continue to make effort, make full use of opportunities brought by CAFTA, facilitate economic transformation of the two sides, promote two-way trade and technology export, and bring more benefits to the two peoples. 

After the meeting, the leaders attended the 30th anniversary celebration. Jiang Yikang, Guo Shuqing and Jay Weatherill jointly launched the ceremony, the business fair and the photo exhibition. Guo Shuqing and Jay Weatherill delivered speeches on the launching ceremony. 

In his speech, Guo Shuqing expressed congratulations to the 30th anniversary on behalf of Shandong provincial leadership. The two sides have been walking side by side towards the same direction over the past 30 years and sped up the comprehensive cooperation on various fronts and levels. Shandong people stand ready to join hands with the people of South Australia to carry forward the tradition of win-win cooperation, innovation and inclusiveness, seize the opportunity of CAFTA, and strive to build a new type of sister relationship which is more stable, sustainable and energetic, said Guo Shuqing. Guo Shuqing also put forward three suggestions. First, step up exchanges, maintain regular high-level meetings, and establish counterpart exchanges on various levels and in different manners. Second, facilitate the implementation of Shandong-South Australia Friendly Cooperation Action Plan (2015~2018). Third, expand cooperation areas, jointly build high end R&D centers, cooperation centers and other platforms, so as to promote the transfer of research results and cultivation of emerging industries and new types of business. 

Yu Xiaoming, member of the Standing Committee and Secretary-General of CPC Shandong Committee, participated in the activities. Vice Governor Xia Geng hosted the launching ceremony. Wang Hua, Secretary-General of provincial government, and over 460 people from the two governments, business, cultural and educational sectors joined the event. 

After the launching ceremony, Jiang Yikang, Guo Shuqing and Jay Weatherill visited the South Australia photo exhibition together. 

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