I was pleased to inform the House recently of my Parliamentary Delegation to Guangdong Province in China. I was privileged to represent the NSW Parliament to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the sister-state relationship between the Province of Guangdong and State of New South Wales.
The sister‑state relationship was formalised in September 1979. It was the first such relationship between an Australian State and a province of China. The purpose of the relationship is to expand friendly relations between regions by developing economic, trade, investment, cultural and other links. The delegation was non-partisan, including members from both Houses and both major parties, and indeed a prominent crossbencher in this House, our colleague the Hon. Robert Borsak joined us. The delegation was led by our President the Hon. John Ajaka, and was funded under the auspices of the CPA Australia.
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Pictured: Hon. Shayne Mallard MLC with H.E. Chinese Consul General Mr Gu Ziaojie and President of the Legislative Council the Hon. John Ajaka MLC