This week I welcomed hundreds of delegates to Sydney Town Hall for the 2013 Sydney-China Business Forum, an annual gathering of government and business leaders from Australia and China.
Each year, the forum brings together many of the Asia-Pacific region's top decision makers, including representatives from the Australian & NSW Governments, City of Sydney and business organisations from both countries.
It's an important opportunity to showcase Sydney as Australia's global city, with the capacity to strengthen the NSW economy through tourism, investment and business opportunities.
It's also part of our strong and growing relationship with China. People of Chinese ancestry make up almost 10 per cent of the City's population and Chinese is now the most common language spoken at home after English.
China's trade with the Sydney metro area is estimated at around $A10 billion a year.
The forum focused on 'Building a Sustainable Future Together', and reinforced the importance of cities, which are increasingly at the forefront of the drive to sustainability, learning from one another and sharing our knowledge.
I am looking forward to continuing to strengthen Sydney's ties with China over the coming years.