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Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer
14 July 2001
Australia welcomes IOC announcement that Beijing will host 2008 Olympic Games
The Australian Government warmly welcomes the decision of the International Olympic Committee to grant Beijing the 2008 Olympic Games.
China is a major country with a population of more than 1.3 billion - about one-fifth of the world's population. It plays a significant role in the Asia-Pacific region. Since its athletes participated in the Games in 1984, China has steadily become one of the most successful participants - ranking third in the medal tally at the Sydney Games.
Australia hopes to work with China to promote a harmonious, athlete-oriented, and environmentally focused Games in 2008. As host of the recent Sydney Olympics, we wish Beijing every success in its venture.
I note China is committed to spending A$12 billion on reshaping the city and building venues. I understand that a number of Australian companies have already assisted Beijing in the lead up to its successful bid in areas such as infrastructure, construction, environment and logistics. We look forward to further cooperation with Beijing in the provision of expertise and services in such areas.
Australia congratulates Beijing on its success and wishes China well in its preparations for the 2008 Games.