"I am sincerely thankful to Mrs. Wei Yan and her team in Home and Abroad News Press"
A speech delivered by Austrian Ambassador to China, H.E. Mrs. Irene Giner-Reichl, at the 14th Anniversary Ceremony of Home and Abroad News Press
Ladies and gentlemen, friends, good evening, everyone!
First of all, I would like to sincerely thank for this wonderful invitation, I would like to express my sincere birthday wishes to Home and Abroad News Press for its 14th anniversary and my gratitude for Mrs. Wei Yan and her team.
Austria and China have very good relationship. High-level visits between the two countries have laid a good foundation for the bilateral relations. President Xi Jinping led the Chinese delegation to visit Austria in 2011 and Austrian President will come to China for a high-level state visit. Also in last November, Austrian President, Austrian ministers and 150 business delegation members visited China to explore great opportunities here. Both countries now enjoy a very closer partnership with each other. Austria is also a well-known member of the EU; therefore, we will not only promote relations between Austria and China, but also promote the healthy relationship between China and the EU countries. Austria has advanced technology and experiences in water conservancy, urban management, modernizing infrastructure. We all know that Austria is also famous for music. Austria has many high-tech companies with strong technical background in various fields. Austria is an export-oriented country. At least 6 Euros of every 10 Euros in Austria's economic output is made through exports. President Xi Jinping recently proposed "One Belt and One Road Initiatives" concept. Because of this great opportunity, Austria can share its advanced technology in the infrastructure construction and other sectors with China so that Chinese companies have more access to the EU market, we will contribute more efforts to make sure this model become real in the near future.
Austrian President Heinz Fischer will pay a state visit to China between July 26th and 30th, and he will meet with President Xi Jinping in Beijing. The president will also attend the China and Austria International Forum to communicate and interact with other countries' leaders and representatives. During his visit, more than 20 cooperation agreements will be signed between China and Austria, including business collaboration and higher education cooperation. As the Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to China, I will be very busy this week. I sincerely apologize first to all guests here tonight because I cannot accompany you throughout the celebration evening.
Once again, I want to thank the host --- Home and Abroad News Press for their kind invitation. Thank you all!
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