Australia-China Council

The Australia-China Council Board Statement

Australia's relationship with China is supported by our communities and institutions

20 August 2014

The Australia-China relationship is a success story and a result of efforts of generations of Australian and Chinese people, communities and institutions.

The Australia-China Council Chair, the Hon Warwick Smith AM today said: “The depth and breadth of our engagement with China is evident not only in our remarkable economic relationship, but also in the diversity, scale and strength of our cultural, education, science and people-to-people connections”.    

  • Over 10 per cent of all Chinese university students abroad are being educated in Australia
  • China is Australia’s third-largest joint scientific publications partner, and Australia is China’s sixth-largest
  • Most major Australian cultural institutions have extensive links with China, as exemplified by highly successful Sydney Symphony’s  third multi-city tour of China and the largest showcase of Australian indigenous art in China  by Warburton Arts project from Western Australia, with both programs attracting thousands of visitors across China
  • There are over 30 Australian Studies Centres in Chinese metropolitan and regional universities teaching or researching Australian literature, history, politics or economy, supported by the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies in China at Peking University – Australia’s first high-profile professorship in China
  • China is Australia’s fastest growing and highest spending inbound tourism market, worth $4.7 billion (in the year ending September 2013)

Australia’s relationship with China will continue to grow with the overwhelming support of our communities and institutions.