On Thursday 25 May 2023, the Australia China Business Council WA and China Chamber of Commerce (Perth Branch) hosted an exclusive Welcome Reception for Sichuan Province Party Secretary Xiaohui Wang, at the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Perth.
Accompanied by representatives from various departments within the Sichuan Provincial Government, as well as representatives from companies such Tianqi Lithium Corporation and Sichuan Airlines, the delegation was welcomed to Western Australia by the Hon Roger Cook MLA, Deputy Premier. Welcome remarks and comments were made by Consul General Long Dingbin and CEO of Tianqi Lithium Energy Australia, Raj Surendran. MC duties were shared on the evening by Dr David Sun, President CCCA Perth Branch and James Clarke, President ACBC WA.
Sichuan Province is geographically the second largest province in China, the fifth most populous (with over 83 million people), and in 2022 had a GDP of AUD $1.2tn. The City of Perth and the capital of Sichuan Province – Chengdu – are connected by a sister city relationship which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2022. Sichuan Province is also known as the hometown of the giant panda, and is world-renowned for its numbing and spicy ‘mala’ cuisine.
Thank you to sponsors of the event Tianqi Lithium, Invest and Trade Western Australia, and Chengdu Lee Jun Industrial Co., Ltd, as well as venue hosts the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Perth.