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Let us remind ourselves of what Australia-China people-to-people relations looked like just over 40 years ago.
The Australia-China Council’s origins lie in Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and Foreign Minister Andrew Peacock’s visit to China in June 1976. It was then Ambassador Dr Stephen FitzGerald who was responsible for introducing them to what he called “the real China”.
Dr Stephen FitzGerald AO, Australia’s first Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China from 1973 to 1976 speaks about people-to-people relations in the lead up to the establishment of the Council.