Mr. Fang Wenquan(Left), Chairman of Tianda Institute and Mr. E.G.Whitlam, the former Prime Minister of Australia
On June 18th, 2010 the book “The Road to China” (both English and Chinese editions) was officially published by Tianda Institute.
“The Road to China” is a collection of articles, speeches and records of conversation written and presented by the former Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable E.G. Whitlam, regarding Australia’s relationship with China. As early as 1954 Whitlam was the first member from the Australian government to urge the recognition of the People’s Republic of China. Whitlam became the first Australian political leader to visit China in an official capacity as leader of the Labor Party in 1971. The following year, 1972, just three weeks after being elected Prime Minister, Whitlam established formal diplomatic relations between the Commonwealth of Australia and the People’s Republic of China. Tianda Institute and Mr. Whitlam began working together three years ago on the publication of the book with its foreword written by the former Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. Kevin Rudd.
Mr. Alan Fang, Chairman of Tianda Institute met with Mr. Whitlam and discussed the significance of the publication of this book. The two hope its publication can enhance the relationship between China and Australia.