The new consulate general in Chengdu will help us strengthen Austria’s diplomatic network in China,
declared Austrian Foreign Minister, Karin Kneissl, on the occasion of the ceremonial opening of the new Austrian Embassy in the presence of the Federal President of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, and President of the Chamber of Commerce, Christoph Leitl.
Along with Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, the consulate general in Chengdu is the fourth Chinese city of millions to have an Austrian diplomatic presence. Just as in numerous other locations, the placement and running of the new consulate general can only take place in close cooperation with the equally new Advantage Austria Chengdu office of the foreign trade organisation from the Austrian Economic Chamber.
“We want to be present right here in western China’s vibrant financial hub, mainly to support Austria’s economy but also, of course, to strengthen cultural and interpersonal relations“, said Karin Kneissl. Roughly 14 million people live in the greater area of Chengdu, the capital city of the rapidly-growing province of Sichuan.
“Even in the age of digitalisation, there is hardly a better alternative to a closely-connected network of Austrian embassies, consulates general and cultural forums. They are not only Austria’s eyes and ears all over the world, but are also important hubs of support for Austrian businesses, artists and travellers around the globe“, said the foreign minister in conclusion.