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Australia should determine own national interests, balance interests with major powers: former diplomat

2024-06-17 10:19 Last Updated At:15:17

Australia should determine its own national interests and effectively balance its interests with major powers, said David Morris, a former Australian diplomat and president of 1EarthVillage.

In a recent interview with the China Global Television Network (CGTN), Morris, also executive director of 1EarthVillage, a platform for international connectivity and cross-cultural understanding, said that it is important for Australia and China to safeguard the balance between economy and diplomacy.

"This is the question for Australia and China, while they are economically interdependent, and while there are very strong people-to-people links, there is a security dilemma, and that is that Australia is an ally of the United States, and has been since World War II, for very sound and strong reasons. And equally of course, China has different interests from the United States, equally for sound and strong reasons. So there is a dilemma at the heart of the relationship, and Australia and China need to be able to understand each other's needs and imperatives, respect each other and work together. It is a challenge. It's not easy, and from time to time, there will be disputes and misunderstandings. The last few years we had too many of those misunderstandings. And it appears that we're back on a productive track again," said Morris.

"I think it's the challenge for the Australian government to pursue its national interests and to find a way to balance its interests with other major powers. So Australia needs to determine its own national interests," said Morris.

Since 2009, China has been Australia's largest trading partner, export market and import source for 15 consecutive years. In 2023, bilateral trade in goods increased 4.1 percent year on year, while Australian investment in China increased 11.7 percent compared to the previous year. China is also the main importer of agricultural and mineral products from Australia.

Australia should determine own national interests, balance interests with major powers:  former diplomat

Australia should determine own national interests, balance interests with major powers: former diplomat

Australia should determine own national interests, balance interests with major powers:  former diplomat

Australia should determine own national interests, balance interests with major powers: former diplomat

Australia should determine own national interests, balance interests with major powers:  former diplomat

Australia should determine own national interests, balance interests with major powers: former diplomat

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Iranian vlogger builds cultural bridge with China through social media

2024-07-18 19:05 Last Updated At:19:57

Iranian social media influencer Fereshteh Mokhtari, known as Mengjie in China, shared her experience of learning Chinese and working as a translator and tour guide to boost cultural exchanges between the two countries.

In her vlog for China Global Television Network (CGTN), Mokhtari said she started studying Chinese in Tehran in 2017 and has been in love with Chinese culture ever since. She began introduce Iranians to Chinese culture and gained tens of thousands of followers on social media platforms in Iran.

"My first job was as an interpreter at an international auto parts exhibition. Fortunately, my Chinese business partners were very kind and enthusiastic. This made me even more interested in the Chinese language and culture. As I'm interested in Chinese culture, I started to make videos to introduce Chinese culture to Iranians. I uploaded these videos to Iranian apps and gained 70,000 followers after some time. I became an internet celebrity in Iran," said Mokhtari.

In recent years, Mokhtari started working as a tour guide for Chinese tourist groups. She feels happy to be able to introduce the history and culture of Iran to Chinese tourists as a translator and tour guide, encouraging more people to learn Chinese.

"After the COVID-19 pandemic was downgraded, many tourists came to visit Iran. So I started to work as a tour guide, which I really enjoyed, as it gave me the opportunity to introduce Iran and its history to Chinese friends. Recently, I've been busy hosting tourist groups, and I'm glad to see that Chinese friends are interested in Iranian culture and history. They've really enjoyed their time in Iran. The Chinese tourists have all told me that they will recommend Iran as a travel destination to others when they return to China. This makes me very happy. If I had one more chance to choose my major again, I would still study the Chinese language. That's because I believe learning Chinese can lead to a bright future. Learning Chinese can help one do business, make money or study in China, all of which lead to a promising future," she said.

Iranian vlogger builds cultural bridge with China through social media

Iranian vlogger builds cultural bridge with China through social media

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