Chinese President Xi Jinping and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott attended the inauguration ceremony of three organizations including the China Cultural Centre in Sydney at the Parliament House in Canberra on Nov 17, while President Xi was visiting Australia and attending the G20 summit. Ma Chaoxu, Chinese Ambassador to Australia, unveiled the nameplate for the Centre.
China Cultural Centre in Sydney is the first centre launched in the Oceania, and the 19th centre established overseas by the Chinese government. Since its trial operation in May, the Centre has held over 30 various activities, such as exhibitions, performances, lectures, film screenings and training courses. These activities have been warmly welcomed by the Australian public.
In his speech to the Australian parliament, President Xi said that China and Australia “should intensify people-to-people exchanges and be friends who open their hearts to each other”. “We should use new platforms, such as the mechanism of state/provincial leader exchanges and cooperation and the Chinese Cultural Centre in Sydney”, he said, “with enhanced mutual understanding, more people in our two countries will support and contribute to the China-Australia friendship and cooperation and will benefit from this relationship”.
Leaders of two countries attending the inauguration of China Cultural Centre in Sydney has shown the importance attached to cultural ties between the two countries.