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17 August 2008

The Governor-General will attend the Beijing Olympics Games at the personal invitation of the President of


Prior to attending the Games the Governor-General will visit Zhejiang Province to meet with a range of

Australian business interests active in the Australia/China business relationship and a number of educational

institutions with links to Australia.

In Hangzhou, the Governor-General will meet representatives from the Commonwealth Bank which has a

significant investment in the Bank of Hangzhou. He will also meet Australian architectural firm Hassell and

Australian financial services firm Paymate, both of whom are supplying services to one of China's leading e-commerce companies, Alibaba. In Ningbo, the Governor-General will visit the Australian-invested Leisure

Boating Club and cruise along the river on an Australian-built Sunrunner boat.

The Governor-General will be in China between 18 and 25 August and will attend a number of engagements

in the Games program in support of Australia’s athletes including Athletics, Diving, Synchronised Swimming,

Water Polo and the Closing Ceremony.

His Excellency Dr Ken Michael, AC, Governor of Western Australia, will perform the duties of Administrator of

the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia during the Governor-General’s absence

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