I have met with the SARA Vice Minister Mr Jiang (Jianyong) in Beijing on two occasions. I have appreciated the wisdom which he has shared in our discussions about strengthening the mutually enriching relationship between two churches and two countries.
The most significant and practical element of this relationship has been in the area of elder care as you seek to build the capacity for a professional high-quality service for Chinese citizens.
The Chinese people have played a significant role in the development of Australia as a nation from the early 1800’s. It is fitting that we are here at this facility named after a prominent and well respected Chinese businessman (Mei Quong Tart)
China is a modern country connected deeply with its culture. Here in Australia we are connected with the First Nation Peoples with one of the oldest living cultures on the planet.
I come from Darwin. In the First Nation Peoples communities of Northern Australia we have found Chinese artefacts. They predate the Indonesian trade of the 1500’s and so it appears a trading relationship existed well before this between our two peoples. I am glad this ancient trade route has been fully developed between China and Australia.
This is our historical “guanxi”. I humbly suggest your visit would continue to embody these ancient and contemporary relationships shared between our two peoples.
Today, in welcoming our friends from afar, I pray this “guanxi” would continue to deepen for the mutual benefit of our two nations.