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Sydney leaders gather for 2013 Chinese New Year

Over 500 leaders from across business, the arts, sports and politics celebrated Chinese New Year with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) Sydney last night (TUESDAY).

Steve Barclay, Director of HKETO, said the high turnout mirrors the rising interest about Hong Kong in Australia.

“The Government’s Australia in the Asian Century whitepaper has helped renew focus on opportunities within Asia. As a major gateway to China and strategically located at the heart of East Asia, Hong Kong continues to be an ideal partner for Australians looking to maximise their opportunities,” said Steve Barclay.

“Not only is Hong Kong a financial and commercial centre, but it also shares a common language with Australia as well as a similar legal framework.”

The annual reception was jointly hosted by HKETO, Hong Kong Australia Business Association, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Hong Kong Tourism Board and Invest Hong Kong.

Steve Barclay added that Hong Kong is not just a place for business and career opportunities for Australians – it also presents a wealth of opportunities for students.

“Apart from business, I hope to see more young Australians studying, working or just travelling to Hong Kong by making good use of the Working Holiday Scheme, and the Hong Kong Government scholarships available to foreign students studying in Hong Kong’s excellent universities.”

Guests who attended the event included:
• The Hon Victor Dominello, Minister for Citizenship and Communities
• Mr John Robertson MP, Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Western Sydney and the Illawarra
• Mr Liu Kan, Deputy Consul General, Consulate-General for the People’s Republic of China

As part of the Chinese New Year celebrations, the HKETO will also participate in the City of Sydney’s annual Dragon Boat races held at Darling Harbour this Sunday 24 February 2013.

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