Australia is a highly developed capitalist country, and it is the most economically developed country in the southern hemisphere and the 12th largest economy in the world. Australia has a well-developed education system with high schooling ratio and high graduation ratio. In the afternoon of August 2nd, “Witness Friendship” – Home and Abroad News Press 2016 Summer Junior Journalist Delegation visited the Australian Embassy. The Culture and Press Counsellor of the Australian Embassy Ms. Maree Ringland met with the junior journalists and had an in-depth talk with them. They discussed about China-Australian friendship, studying in Australia, environmental protection and other topics so that the junior journalists made a new understanding about Australia and the bilateral relations with China.
“Hello, Ms. Maree Ringland I have a wish in 2016: I hope to make more friends with elementary school students from Australia to deliver Chinese children’s friendship to them. In your opinions, as teenagers in the two countries, how will we continue developing the traditional friendship between China and Australia?” a junior journalist asked. Counsellor Ringland and her 14-year-old son were in the interview with the delegation. The junior journalists were very interested in the cultural exchanges between Chinese and Australian children.
Counsellor Ringland took her son as an example. She believes that children should enjoy delicious food, watch movies, read books as effective methods in learning. She and her son read the story book "Journey to the West" together, not only learned about the characters in the book, such as the Monkey King, but also got a chance to see different places in Chin. It is also very important to share stories. Chinese and Australian students could communicate easily through stories.
Australia is well-known for its higher education in the world. It is the only country around the world that regulates the education sector to protect international students’ rights and wellbeing. A junior journalist asked: “When I grow up, I want to go to Australia for my higher education, what kind of assistance will the Australian Embassy in China provide to us?”
Counsellor Ringland said that Australian schools are one of the most popular choices for Chinese international students. This is because foreign students will have the equal rights as the local students with the same respect from others. She also reminded the junior journalists that they should study hard now so that they could have the opportunity to go to Australia for higher education in the future. If needed, the Australian Embassy could provide necessary assistance to help them go to Australia.
“Australia is also a haven for wildlife, where tens of thousands of animals are living and breeding there. Human and all kinds of animals are living together with peace and harmony. What policies have Australian government introduced to protect wild animals and natural environment in Australia?” we asked.
Australia has about 48,000 species of animals, including special animals only in Australia like koalas and kangaroos. The Australian Government attaches great importance to animal protection. However, the number of wild rabbits in Australia reached about 600 million in 1950s, but it went down dramatically due to the damages caused by human living. Now people are thinking the ways to protect the wild animals, and it is no longer allowed to hunt any animals without permissions.
Australia has beautiful landscapes, cute animals and friendly people. Through this interview, the junior journalists had more understanding about Australia through the communication with Counsellor Ringland’s son. Tang Lili, an elementary school student from Liuzhou, Guangxi, made a special performance “Tianjin Allegro” for all guests. Also other students made a humorous show “I am bastard”, which made a great laugh in the Australian Embassy. Counsellor Ringland’s son was especially happy today and he kept signing for the junior journalists as well as took photos with them.
We hope in the near future, China and Australia will have more opportunities for cooperation and the youth and children in the two countries will become close friends.