【ISIF News】Australian Foreign Minister Attends Commemoration for Chinese-Australian Servicemen

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Australian Foreign Minister Attends Commemoration for Chinese-Australian Servicemen


Commemorative activities for Chinese-Australian Servicemen were held on the afternoon of Sept. 16th in Canberra. Co-hosted by Australian War Memorial (AWM) and Australia China Friendship and Exchange Association (ACFEA), the activities aimed to celebrate the 70th anniversary of World Anti-Fascist War and to commemorate contributions made by Chinese-Australian Servicemen. 

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Chinese Ambassador to Australia Ma Zhaoxu, ACFEA chairman and Kingold chairman Dr. Chau Chak Wing, AWM Director Dr. Brendan Nelson and Vice President of CPAFFC Xie Yuan were among the attendees. 


澳中友好交流协会会长、侨鑫集团董事长周泽荣博士(中)等嘉宾向无名战士献花

Dr. Chau Chak Wing laid wreath to anonymous soldiers 

In the afternoon, Dr. Chau Chak Wing laid wreath to anonymous servicemen with representatives from National Defense and WWII and was guided by Dr. Nelson as guests toured around the AWM. 


In the evening, a reception was held at the AWM where Minister Bishop, Ambassador Ma and Dr. Chau addressed the audience. 



(从左往右)澳中友好交流协会会长、侨鑫集团董事长周泽荣博士、澳大利亚外交部长毕晓普、澳大利亚战争纪念馆馆长布兰登・尼尔森共同展示《澳洲二战华裔军人历史》样书

  澳大利亚外交部长毕晓普称赞本次活动的主办方澳中友好交流协会会长、侨鑫集团董事长周泽荣为杰出的慈善家和推动澳中友谊标志性的人物  


During her speech, Minister Bishop told the story of a famous Chinese-Australian sniper during WWI called William Edward Sing. He was known for his brave deeds in Gallipoli Campaign. She said that Australia-China relation was one between nations in a modern time and spoke highly of Dr. Chau as an outstanding philanthropist and an iconic figure in promoting friendship between Australia and China. 


侨鑫集团董事长周泽荣博士致辞,号召大家共同“努力捍卫世界和平”



Ambassador Ma applauded contributions made by Chinese-Australian servicemen 

During his speech, Ambassador Ma applauded contributions made by Chinese-Australian servicemen to the national development of Australia. He talked about the Anti-Fascist Documentary Iron Bob, according to which Australian workers refused to load iron ore when they found out it would be used for China-invading Japanese to make weapons. He said that he firmly believed Sino-Australian relations would develop further and usher in a brighter future. 

中国驻澳大利亚大使马朝旭


Dr. Chau said that Chinese-Australian had made sacrifices for peace and development of Australia, yet they were not well known to the public due to historical reasons. He hopes that these commemorative activities can send out a message that all Australians, regardless of their race or religious belief, have the responsibility to defend democracy, freedom and equality. Before he concluded his speech, he called for all to “do our bit to safeguard world peace.” 

During the reception, a video clip was played to introduce the multi-media studio at the AWM sponsored by Kingold Group and an unveiling ceremony was held. Dr. Chau, Ambassador Bishop and Director Nelson presented an advance copy of Quiet and Loyal Spirit to the audience. 


澳大利亚国家战争纪念馆馆长(右)授予周泽荣博士(中)澳大利亚战争纪念馆亲密伙伴称号。图左是澳洲外长毕晓


This commemoration is said to be the first high standard ceremony held by AWM to pay tribute to Chinese-Australian servicemen since its establishment in 1932.