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Alice staff greet Chinese Embassy officials

By Patrick Nelson

Dr Benxiang Zeng (left), Paul Fitzsimons (blue tie) and members of the Regional Economic Development committee welcome Chinese Embassy officials to Alice Springs Dr Benxiang Zeng (left), Paul Fitzsimons (blue tie) and members of the Regional Economic Development committee welcome Chinese Embassy officials to Alice Springs

Two staff members at Alice Springs campus met with delegates from the Chinese Embassy who passed through the Red Centre on a fact-finding mission recently.

Director Central Australia Paul Fitzsimons said the interaction was an example of how the university contributed to the social and economic development of Alice Springs.

Mr Fitzsimons, who also sits on the Alice Springs Regional Economic Development committee, said it was “an extremely positive sign” to have officers from the Chinese Embassy interested in developing their knowledge of the Territory’s economy.

“We were delighted to welcome Huang Rengang (Minister Counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affairs) and Lui Keyi (third Secretary, Economy and Commercial Affairs) to our town,” he said.

Mandarin-speaking academic Dr Benxiang Zeng, who is on CDU’s Chinese Reference Group, also met the delegates.

The Chinese Embassy officials included a visit to the Confucius Institute at Casuarina campus as part of their whistle-stop tour of the Territory.