Speech at the Presentation Ceremony of the Gold Great Wall Commemorative Medal in honor of NSWPF Senior Constable Kelly Foster by H.E. Ambassador Xiao Qian
(Canberra, 24 February 2022)
2022-02-25 06:17

— Mr. Terry Foster and Mrs. Marilyn Foster,

— Mr. McCartney, Acting Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police,

— Ms. Karen Webb, Commissioner of the New South Wales Police Force, 

— Mr. Zhao Wenfei, Deputy Consul General of the Consulate General of China in Sydney,

— Ladies and gentlemen,

Good morning!

We are gathered here today for the presentation ceremony of the Great Wall Commemorative Medal in honor of New South Wales Police Force Senior Constable Kelly Foster. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy, I would like to extend my warmest welcome and most sincere appreciation to all of you for your presence, especially to Commissioner Webb and the family and colleagues of Senior Constable Foster who have made a long journey from Sydney.

On 2nd January 2021, Senior Constable Foster sadly lost her life in the New South Wales Blue Mountains while trying to rescue Chinese citizen Ms Qi from Danger. To commemorate her heroic act, a decision was made by the Ministry of Public Security of China to award her the Gold Great Wall Commemorative Medal, the highest honor in this category. The Great Wall Commemorative Medal was established by the Ministry of Public Security of China, to be awarded especially to law enforcement officers from foreign countries who have made outstanding contributions towards protecting the safety of Chinese citizens. Entrusted by the Ministry of Public Security of China, I have the honor today to invest this medal on the late Senior Constable Foster on behalf of the Government of China.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Senior Constable Foster's heroic act embodies the simple, yet lofty humanitarian spirit. Ms. Kelly and Ms. Qi never knew each other, but at the critical moment of life or death, Ms. Kelly jumped into a fast whirlpool with all her speed with no hesitation, and made every effort to rescue Ms. Qi, until the very last moment. From her, we truly feel the warmth of great love and humanity that transcend race, culture and nationality.

Senior Constable Foster's heroic act demonstrates the Australian police force's high devotion and strong sense of responsibility to protect lives. Ms. Kelly being a highly respected and committed police officer, the outstanding qualities she demonstrated at the scene, such as being fearless, calm and tenacious, perfectly reflect the distinguished professionalism and ethics of Australian police.

Senior Constable Foster's heroic act has helped deepen the existing friendship between our two peoples. China and Australia are far from each other geographically by thousands of miles, yet great love knows no national boundaries nor distance. Ms. Kelly's story has once again brought our two peoples closer. Her heroic deeds have been widely spread and highly admired in China, and people in China could feel the warmth, kindness and friendship from Australian people.

On the first anniversary of the loss of Senior Constable Foster, it is of special significance that we gather with her family and colleagues to remember and mark her heroic deed of sacrificing herself to save others, and to applaud and eulogize her noble qualities of courage and dedication.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Closer bonds between the peoples is the key to enhancing state-to-state relations. Since the establishment of China-Australia diplomatic relations in 1972, there have been frequent exchanges and close cooperation in various sectors, bringing tangible benefits to our peoples and making a positive contribution to the development, prosperity and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. In recent years, with the joint efforts of both countries, law enforcement cooperation between the two police forces has enjoyed good momentum and achieved rich results in areas such as combating transnational crimes. 

Healthy and stable development of China-Australia relations serves the fundamental interests and common aspirations of the two peoples. China has always attached great importance to China-Australia relations and is willing to actively develop friendship and cooperation with Australia. Taking the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between our two countries as an opportunity, China is willing to work with Australia to meet each other halfway, review the past and look into the future, adhere to the principle of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, and make joint efforts to push forward China-Australia relations along the right track.

Thank you all!

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