From knowing to understanding-Inspiration two from the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Australia
（From Chinese Embassy in Australia）
(Remarks by His Excellency Ambassador Chen Yuming at the Reception for the China Group of the Australian Parliament, 8 February 2012)
Ms. Anna Burke MP, Deputy Speaker and Chair of the China Group,
The Hon Philip Ruddock MP, Deputy Chair of the China Group,
Dear Senators and MPs,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to extend, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Australia, a very warm welcome and the best New Year greetings to all parliamentarians present here.
I also want to thank you for your support to China-Australia relations and the Chinese Embassy in the past year.
Recently, parts of New South Wales and Queensland have been hit by severe floods, which inflicted loss of life and property. I wish to express, on behalf of the Chinese Government, deep sympathy to the affected people, and sincerely hope they will overcome difficulty and rebuild homes at an early time.
This year is the Year of the Dragon, a year of prosperity and success.
The Australian public are very interested in what China's development will bring to Australia.
I would definitely say it is opportunity.
China pursues development for mutual benefits.
In the past decade, China created 14 million job opportunities for other countries and regions.
It contributes to over 10% of world economic growth.
China pursues all-win development.
By implementing the 12th Five-Year Plan, China will transform growth model and is expected to become the biggest consumer market in the world.
Steady demand from China will continue to boost prosperity in Australia.
China pursues peaceful development.
The Chinese nation has never had the tradition or culture of seeking expansion.
The famous Silk Road and the seven voyages to the western oceans by the Ming Dynasty navigator Zheng He all served to promoting trade and cultural exchanges and spreading peace and friendship.
China endeavors to maintain a peaceful and stable international environment to develop itself, and in turn, contributes to global peace with the development and stability of itself.
A prosperous China benefits the whole world.
Stability and development of 1.3 billion people are a great asset for the globe.
Both China and Australia are Asia-Pacific countries with important influence.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.
What are the inspirations we get from 40 years of company?
First, friendly cooperation between China and Australia is a win-win situation.
Over 40 years, volume of two-way trade jumped from 100 million to 100 billion dollars, an increase of 1000 times.
Our two economies are highly complementary, and China becomes Australia's largest trading partner, export market and source of imports.
Second, it is important to enhance exchanges between our peoples, in all areas and across the society.
Only through exchanges can we know each other, and only by knowing each other can we have mutual understanding.
In recent years, people-to-people exchanges between China and Australia have grown strongly.
China is Australia's largest source of international students and fastest-growing tourism market.
More than a million visitors travel to and fro every year.
Third, to secure long term development of China-Australia relations, we need to foster all-society and cross-party consensus.
Parliament and parliamentarians can play an important role in this respect.
In recent years, high level visits between our two countries were frequent, and our two parliaments carried out multi-level and broad ranging exchanges and cooperation.
Inter-parliamentary links have become a platform of better understanding between our peoples, connections that facilitate mutually beneficial cooperation and a bridge that passes on friendship.
Our conclusion is, as the world faces various challenges and a global recovery still has a long way to go, it is all the more important for China and Australia to join hands, strengthen cooperation and meet challenges together, to the greater benefit of our peoples and peace, stability and prosperity in our region and beyond. Thank you.