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The world abounds with business opportunities and needs that need to be fulfilled with markets that require products and innovation. The earth, the sea and the air are the concern of every nation. Science, technology and education can be the ally of every nation. Never before has man had such capacity to control his own environment. To end thirst and hunger; to cure poverty and disease; to manage illiteracy and human misery. We have the power to make this, the Year of the Ox, the best year of mankind in the history of the world if we adopt the new opportunities which are now available in the global economy. Every person entering business must stretch their horizon beyond their own backyard. But that horizon must stretch their goals and their sights beyond the boundaries of their country and of all countries. I have recently travelled from Germany via China and Japan to Australia to be here with you tonight. As we flew over many countries I could not see any walls separating nations, only the works of man - the factories, the farms, the cities - all evidence of the common strong desire of men everywhere to have the same common goal of bettering their lot for themselves and their children. All evidence to the common opportunity of the global economy to improve the lot of mankind, to increase their standard of living. Yet in years gone by, millions and millions have died on some of these battlefields. These causes and prejudices are no longer relevant and today both China and Australia have the opportunity to access all of those markets and to help fulfil the needs of all of those countries. China stands today as one of the best hopes for mankind to stimulate the world economy and provide sound leadership in banking and industrial development. It has the most sound banking and industrial systems in the world. While this is true, we must remember the words of Chairman Mao in 1956, when standing at the tomb of Sun Yat Sen in Nanking, remembering the 45 years that had passed since the 1911 revolution. He stated words to the effect that China is a modest country now and will also be a modest country in forty-five years’ time, especially in the field of foreign relations, when international chauvinisms are dead forever China will treat all nations well by exercising modesty and restraint in the future. Forty-five years have now passed since that statement and the Chinese Government has demonstrated that restraint and modesty in international relations, which are of the utmost importance to the world in 2009. With the election of the new US President the future holds great promise for the Chinese people. Never before have cross-straits relationships been so good. Never before has the world and the parties, as they do, all acknowledge that China is one country with one people and with one goal. The good news in the Year of the Ox is that universally, as Chairman Mao stated in 1945, the Chinese people have stood up not just in China but all over the world. That all nations on the globe appreciate the value of China and Chinese friendship more so than they ever have. As Chairman Mao said in the 1960s, “A fly may beat its head against the wall for ten thousand years but nothing will defeat the Chinese people.” As Chinese astronauts kiss the stars and their government readies itself for its new role in world leadership, the things that divided us in the past are less important today than they were yesterday. In this Year of the Ox we have in reality more in common than we ever had. We can all take solace to remember the immortal words of former US President John F Kennedy, who reminded us in 1962, “That we all are mortal, that we all live on this one small planet, that we all breathe the same air and that we all want a good future for our children.” Jew dar jar kwai le chun show - Xie xie - Thank you. The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 197


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