Remarks by Consul General Dr Xu Jie at the 2nd Anniversary Celebration of BGI Australia
Dear Dr. Julia Playford, executive director of science development, science division, Department of Environment and Science, Mrs. Nina Shen, project director of Department of Health, Mr. Duncan Yu, BGI executive vice president, Dr Bicheng Yang, director of BGI Australia, dear friends, ladies and gentlemen,
Good morning!
I am very pleased to attend the anniversary celebration of BGI Australia. Firstly, on behalf of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Brisbane, I would like to extend our congratulations to BGI and her Australian partners, and our gratitude to the Queensland Government for her support of China-Queensland scientific and technological cooperation.
Chinese government values highly the cooperation with the State of Queensland in research and innovation. In 2008, the first MoU on science and technology cooperation was signed by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and the Queensland Government. In 2016, the two sides reached a new MoU on Commercialization Partnership Program. By far, the first seven Queensland research projects have been incubated and commercialized in China's high-tech parks, with promising results.
Currently, the cooperation between China and Queensland is undergoing remarkable changes: firstly, partners now focus more on establishing new long-term platforms rather than focusing on individual research projects in previous years. University of Queensland, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology have set up joint labs and research centers with their Chinese partners. Secondly, BGI, BaoSteel and other Chinese companies are making significant research investments in Queensland. The integration between industry, academia and research is stronger than ever. Thirdly, new partnerships are formed to build science parks. A MoU on the development of Queensland Torch Health and Medical Precinct was signed by China's Torch High-tech Industry Development Center and the Queensland Department of Environment and Science and Queensland Health. The three parties are preparing for the launching of this precinct.
Ladies and gentlemen,
During the past 40 years of reform and opening-up, China has witnessed fast and stable development. It has also made important contribution to the peace and development of mankind. The world is undergoing a new round of major development, great change and profound readjustment. The new round of technological and industrial revolution brings fresh opportunities and unprecedented challenges. 
China will stick to the path of peaceful development and stay committed to the policy of opening-up and win-win cooperation. We are rigorously implementing a strategy of innovation-driven development, improving our national innovation system,and striving to become a nation of innovators by 2020.
We will further reform the management system for science and technology, and develop a market-oriented system for technological innovation in which enterprises are the main players and synergy is created through the joint efforts of enterprises, universities, and research institutes. We will support innovation by small and medium-sized enterprises and encourage the application of advances in science and technology.
China attaches great importance to the openness and international cooperation in scientific and technological innovation.We welcome participation of foreign scientists in Chinese research projects. China has launched the Belt and Road Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation Action Plan, which consists of the Science and Technology, People-to-People Exchange Initiative, the Joint Laboratory Initiative, the Science Park Cooperation Initiative and the Technology Transfer Initiative. In the next five years, China will offer 2,500 short-term research visits for young foreign scientists, train 5,000 foreign scientists, engineers and managers, and set up 50 joint laboratories.
The Chinese Consulate General welcomes and supports efforts by  Australian research and industry communities to cooperate with Chinese partners. We also expect BGI, with a base in Brisbane, strengthen its cooperation with Queensland and Australian research institutions, hospitals and companies, accelerate applications of scientific findings so as to benefit Chinese, Australians and all other peoples in the world.
Thank you all!