Keeping the Fire burning

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Over the years, I’ve been delighted to speak and participate at events organised by the Australia China Youth Association, a national platform of students and young professionals who share a vision to “actively foster a transnational community of young Australians and Chinese interested in furthering understanding of each other’s countries. ACYA’s objectives are to facilitate and develop lasting bilateral friendships, partnerships and opportunities across a variety of social sectors, including but not limited to: business, academia, government, sport and the arts”.

Last Sunday evening, I enjoyed participating as a ‘guest mentor’ at the online Australia-China Emerging Leaders Summit which allowed me to speak directly to a highly motivated and energetic group of Australian and Chinese millennials (located in both countries) with a passion for cross-cultural engagement, multilingual communications and bilateral bridge-building. I assume that similar organisations exist throughout the world.

In our breakout groups, we talked about geo-politics, cross-cultural challenges and future economic and business trends, and I came away feeling that, even with all the negative media commentary and political posturing going on around the world, the long term future of the Australia-China relationship is in good hands. These bright, smart, motivated young professionals share a dream to unite Australia and China, and build on the goodwill and friendships which began on their university campuses, with only the long term in mind. No  vote-seeking politician or grumpy journalist can extinguish the fire in their eyes!

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