Festival of Australia, “She Inspires Me” competition winners, the Chongqing Economic and Trade Forum & More… 
Edition 54, 4 June 2019
Ma La Koala - Newsletter of the Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu

Festival of Australia in Kunming 

Festival of Australia stopped by Kunming 25-31 May as part of the broader two-week, ten-city extravaganza in China promoting the best of Australia. 
A “Festival of Australia Kunming Reception” was hosted by the Consulate-General on 27 May. Australian Deputy Ambassador to China Gerald Thomson (pictured above) and Consul-General Christopher Lim (pictured below) spoke at the event, which was marked by an eye-catching performance by Indigenous Australian performance group Yidaki Vibes. More than 100 representatives from government, business, academia and media attended.  
Kunming locals enjoyed two food and beverage showcases held at Parkson Shopping Centre and Kunming Plaza, organised by Austrade West China as part of the festivities. Once shoppers had their fill of top-notch Aussie food and wine, they enjoyed an exhibition of Australia-China “She Inspires Me” Photo Competition photographs and performances by Yidaki Vibes (pictured below).   
Wine-lovers were spoilt for choice with over 90 of Australia’s finest drops on display on the Kunming leg of Wine Australia’s annual China Roadshow (pictured below). Deputy Ambassador Thomson visited the tasting exhibition hall and spoke at a “Diverse Australian Shiraz” Masterclass. 
The Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu would like to thank partners and sponsors of Festival of Australia in Kunming, including the Yunnan Foreign Affairs Office, Wine Australia and the Almond Board of Australia.
“She Inspires Me” Grand Prize Winners Announced 

Megan Finkel Vaughan and Ni Sha are the grand jury prize winners of the Australia-China “She Inspires Me” Photo Competition. Deputy Ambassador to China Gerald Thomson announced the winners at the “Festival of Australia Kunming Reception” on 27 May. The winning photos were unveiled by Sichuan Airlines Media Group’s Zhou Shusong (below left) and Consul-General Lim (below right).  
The two winners – one each from Australia and China - were chosen from more than 3,000 entries submitted over five weeks. They won return flights between Melbourne and Chengdu, sponsored by Sichuan Airlines. Five runners-up from Australia and China will each receive two bottles of fine wine, sponsored by Gemtree Wines.

“Emma is a national barefoot champion and has worked as a speech pathologist, but she is so much more than that. Independent, strong, and smart, my sister inspires me. She is generous, kind and thoughtful in all that she does. Emma teaches me to see life from a different perspective.” - Megan Frankel Vaughn, Mildura.   
“Dr Lu is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner and a millennial. Young but skilled, she is a master of acupuncture. On weekdays, she leaves home at 6.30am. When she arrives at the hospital, many patients are already waiting in line to see her. She doesn't have a moment to rest during the workday. On the day I joined her to take photos, I noted that it was her reputation alone that drew so many patients to seek her out for treatment. She is a deeply inspiring millennial.” - Ni Sha, Guiyang. 
Biomedical Bonanza
Big thinkers from Australia’s healthcare sector shared views on how best to take cutting edge research to market at the fifth “Sizzle” innovation dialogue on 1 April in Chengdu. Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research’s Janet Yeo (below left) and AusBiotech’s Rob Scott (below centre) debated the opportunities for greater collaboration between Australia and southwest China at the event, while Swisse Wellness’ Emily Dunn (below right) gave insights into how best to develop products for China’s consumer markets.

Austrade is now taking applications from Australian companies to participate in the next Australian Healthcare Services Mission, 10-18 June. Learn more
Australian Consul-General Christopher Lim (above left) and New Zealand Consul-General in Chengdu Stephen Wong (above right) paid their respects to the men and women who lost their lives in service to their country during a combined ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Chengdu on 25 April.  

They joined members of the Australian and New Zealand communities in southwest China, as well as serving and ex-serving members of the Australian and New Zealand defence forces, to honour those who have laid down their lives to defend their nations and their shared values in conflicts around the world.
Chengdu and Gold Coast - Sisters at Last  

City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate (above left) led a trade delegation to southwest China 16-21 May. Following a meeting with Chengdu Mayor Luo Qiang (above right), Gold Coast and Chengdu formalised a sister-city agreement. Mayor Tate said, “Becoming sister cities has been a work in progress over the past five years, and I’m so pleased to have secured this agreement for the Gold Coast with one of China’s economic powerhouse cities.”  
Fifteen Gold Coast companies in education, health, medical research and tourism met with key decision makers and potential business partners at a series of networking and business matching events in Chengdu and surrounding cities. Learn more
Consul-General’s Blog - "Sichuan Cuisine – the Soul of Sichuan" 
“Expressing an interest in the local cuisine over a work dinner or official banquet always goes down well with your hosts in China. Whether in Chengdu or Chongqing, local officials or business partners will be delighted by your interest, as they have enormous pride in Sichuan’s bold and diverse food culture. Discussing food is a highly effective way of building rapport. Listening to my hosts’ explanations, asking questions and adding my perspectives on the rich multicultural cuisines in Australia can be more than just small talk. I find that through its food, I can catch a glimpse of the soul of Sichuan. Just as important, you’ll find out what you’re eating!” Read more
Australia-China (Chongqing) Economic and Trade Forum

On 10 May, Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, the Hon Mark Furner MP (below), headlined the inaugural Australia-China (Chongqing) Economic and Trade Forum. In his keynote address, Minister Furner highlighted the importance of economic and trade cooperation between Chongqing and Queensland.   
The largest ever Australian food and beverage showcase in southwest China was held back-to-back with the Forum. Businesses including Metcash, Freedom Foods and Lucky B&F (below, with Consul-General Lim) exhibited their products to more than 120 local importers, retailers and distributors from Chongqing.  

Consul-General Lim rounded out the forum by hosting a dinner reception to celebrate Australia-Chongqing relations. It was attended by over 100 guests from government, business and academia. 
Fred Hollows’ Vision for the Children of West China

In April, the Austrade West China team joined the Fred Hollows Foundation on a school eyesight screening visit in Kunming. Students at the school are the parents of migrant workers from across China who work in Kunming, but due to complex residency restrictions do not have access to local health services.  

During Austrade’s visit, the team from the Fred Hollows Foundation screened over 400 children and delivered interactive educational activities to promote eye health. The Australian Government is proud to support the work of this tremendous Australian organisation in China.

Upcoming Events

7 June
Consulate closed (Dragon Boat Festival)

26 June–26 August
“Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Artists” exhibition, Sichuan Museum, 251 Huanhua South Rd, Qingyang District, Chengdu

1 July
Women in Leadership Luncheon with special guest, Susan Dietz-Henderson, Chief Representative, Capital Group, China 

7-14 July

小吃   Little Bites

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