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Xi Jinping Visits Chinese and Australian Antarctic Scientific Researchers and Inspects Chinese Research Vessel "Snow Dragon"

On November 18 local time, President Xi Jinping, when paying a visit to Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, Australia, visited the Antarctic scientific research projects and scientific researchers of the two countries in the company of Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia.

Hobart serves as the home port for Australian Antarctic scientific research operations. The sea breeze caresses cheeks and the surface of the sea ripples. Research vessel Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, which was undertaking China's 31st Antarctic expedition, berthed at Hobart port for replenishment.

Xi Jinping and Abbott came to Hobart port, visited the Australian Antarctic expedition exhibition and spoke via live video with Chinese and Australian scientists of research base stationed at the South Pole. Directors of China's Zhongshan Station and Australia's Davis Station respectively reported work.

Xi Jinping expressed greetings to the scientific researchers of both countries. Xi Jinping pointed out that the Antarctic scientific expedition is of great significance and is a noble cause that benefits the human race. China's Antarctic expeditions have contributed to the peaceful utilization of the Antarctic for the human race. Chinese and Australian scientific researchers have conducted comprehensive and in-depth collaboration for three decades. The Chinese side stands ready to continuously work with Australia and the international community to better understand, protect and exploit the Antarctic.

Abbott sent his regards to the scientific researchers of both countries, expressing that Antarctic expedition is of great significance to the human race and hoping that scientific researchers of both countries enhance cooperation.

Xi Jinping and Abbott jointly witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on China-Australia Antarctic Cooperation.

Afterwards, Xi Jinping headed for the port and boarded China's research vessel Snow Dragon, where he visited the photo exhibition marking the 30th anniversary of China's polar expeditions. An array of photos depicted the course of struggle and glorious achievements of China's polar expeditions. For three decades, China's polar personnel have established Changcheng Station, Zhongshan Station, Kunlun Station and Taishan Station in succession in the Antarctic and successfully organized 30 Antarctic expeditions, yielding multiple significant results. One of the photos in display is a group photo taken in 1985 when the party and government leaders met with personnel who rendered meritorious service on China's first Antarctic expedition and received awards. Wang Hailang and Wu Lin, who received awards back then, are now deputy director and boatswain of Snow Dragon respectively. Xi Jinping talked with them kindly and encouraged them to score new results.

Xi Jinping came to the biological laboratory and asked about crew members' work and life at length, hoping them accomplish tasks in great success.

When Xi Jinping was leaving the Snow Dragon, the crew members and scientific researchers gathered and lined on the deck to send him off. Xi Jinping waved goodbye to them, wishing them every success and victorious return.

Mme. Peng Liyuan, Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the above events.

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