40th Anniversary of Australia-China diplomatic relations essay competition Award ceremony

16 November 2012


The China Studies Centre 40th anniversary of Australia-China diplomatic relations essay competition award ceremony on 13 November celebrated the talented youth who have shared their ideas about both countries.

The competition was designed to encourage young Australian and Chinese people to engage with each other and thereby strengthen mutual understanding as well as ensure future collaboration between the two countries. We received 63 entries in Chinese and 39 in English from various cities in both Australia and China. 


The award ceremony was opened by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, Governor of NSW and Chancellor of the University of Sydney. The winning awards were also presented to the winners by Her Excellency as well as His Excellency Mr Duan Jielong, Consul-General of the People's Republic of China in Sydney,. The Vice Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence presented the awards to our sponsors and media partners.


The award winners were:


English Essay:

1st prize - Thomas Williams "Past the parallax: rousing a new China cognisance" (University of Western Australia/Renmin University of China)

2nd prize - Aidan Dullard "Forty years of Australia-China relations: a history and appraisal" (University of Melbourne)

2nd Prize - Stuart Rollo "Australia in the Asian Century: Finding Security With China, Not From China" (Australia High Commission, London)

3rd Prize - Billy Griffiths "An Adventure in Diplomacy: Australia and China at 40" (The University of Sydney)

3rd Prize - Sam Johnson "Economic Interdependency, Regional Stability and Mutual Cooperation: The Future of Sino-Australian Relations" (The University of Sydney)


Chinese Essays:

1st Prize - Justin Gong 龚槚钦 "中澳关系的未来,一个名词一个动词"( Jusmedia Pty Ltd,悉尼)

2nd Prize - Huang Wei黄威"中澳关系未来发展"( 广州广东外语外贸大学)

2nd Prize - Zhan Zhenglin詹政林 "温暖的生活角落" (Taylors College,悉尼)

3rd Prize - Qin Tian秦天 "澳大利亚,我的第二故乡" (悉尼大学)

3rd Prize - Shen Zhengnan 申正楠 "当它成为一种习惯" (福建龙岩学院)


The competition was generously sponsored by William Chiu, Chairman of the Australian Council for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China, and supported by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Xinhua News Agency, Sydney Bureau and the Australian New Express Daily.


The China Studies Centre would like to thank the sponsor and supporters of the competition, the judges, all those involved in its organisation and, last but by no means least, the essayists whose participation highlights the continuing good relations between the people, governments and societies of China and Australia.

ABC Radio also reported this event as well as interviewed a couple of award winners.

To listen to the interview, please visit ABC Radio.


To read the news from Xinhua News Agency, please click here.