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We are keen to get involved with Greater Bay Area development: Premier of NSW

2017-December-28       Source: Newsgd.com

Before the interview, Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of New South Wales, asked about our Chinese names and their special meanings, and said she keeps learning Mandarin both because of its convenience and the huge Chinese community living near where she works in New South Wales. “I can count in Cantonese as well. I had a friend from Guangzhou when I was a little girl,” she said.
Newsgd.com: since the sister relationship has been in place for nearly 40 years, what do you think is the most impressive change in Guangdong? And how has cooperation between our two regions been changing?

Gladys Berejiklian: the most impressive change is the attitude. The openness and the very Chinese characteristics of Guangdong have created cities as Guangzhou and Shenzhen. And I’m very excited about the development of the Greater Bay Area as well as the trade zones here.

I think the relationship between Guangdong and New South Wales is tighter than ever with a strong basis of trust and friendship. We've been doing business with each other and having cultural exchanges for many years.

A Sino-Australian health innovation center launched in Guangzhou’s Nansha District, which is located at the center of Greater Bay Area. The center will offer free service for Australian health programs in Guangdong. And it will set up a branch in Australia to introduce potential programs. [Photo\Chinanews.com]

Now that Guangdong is entering a new era of modernization, I see more possibilities to cooperate, and eventually to improve the living standards of our citizens. Today during the joint economic meeting we signed cooperation agreements focusing on health, education, technology and smart cities. All of these areas are closely related to people’s lives.

For example, I brought the health minister of New South Wales here. And he has been having meetings with many local hospitals and local medical experts. And during this trip, I witnessed the launch of a health innovation center to provide actual services to further cooperation between Guangdong and New South Wales.

During the meeting with senior officers and business leaders in Guangdong, I felt deeply that we are important to each other and both treasure our sister relationship very much. It makes me feel even more committed to strengthening ties between the two sides.

Reported by Jasmine Yin

Edited by Simon Haywood, Olivia Ouyang

Editor: Will

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