PHOTO LtoR: Consul General Li Huaxin, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China Ma Zhaoxu
PREMIER O'FARRELL MEETS WITH NEW CHINESE AMBASSADOR
1 October 2013
(Translation of this article appears in Arabic section)
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell today met with the newly appointed Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Ma Zhaoxu.
Mr O’Farrell said the meeting took place at NSW Parliament House and Mr Ma was accompanied by Consul General Mr Li Huaxin, Political Counsellor Mr Li Ming, and Third Secretary Mr Li Jian.
“Today I had the opportunity to inform Mr Ma of the action the NSW Government is taking to build the State’s economic and cultural ties with China,” Mr O’Farrell said.
“I have made it a priority to visit China each year since being elected, with my third visit taking place in June 2013. I look forward to travelling to China again in 2014.
“We see China as a great place for Australians to do business. Over the past five years exports from NSW to China have increased almost 200 per cent to become our largest trading partner.
“The NSW Government is focused on attracting bilateral investment and I have informed Mr Ma of our China International Market Engagement Strategy, which takes a co-ordinated approach to trade and investment activities.
“During my visit to China I also pledged to make NSW the preferred choice for Chinese visitors arriving in Australia.
“Last month I was proud to announce China has become the State’s leading tourism market, with Chinese visitors outnumbering visitors from New Zealand for the first time.
“I warmly welcome Mr Ma to Sydney and look forward to discussions that will allow relations between NSW and China to flourish into the future,” Mr O’Farrell said.