Australia's first statue of ancient Chinese thinker Confucius
was unveiled Saturday in Burwood, a city near Sydney.
Attendants stand in front of the statue of
Confucius in Burwood, Australia, on Dec. 1, 2007. The statue of
Confucius, great educator and philosopher in ancient China, was
unveiled in Burwood on Dec. 1, the first in Australia.
The statue was made in China and modeled on a "standardized"
image of Confucius unveiled last year by the China Confucius
Burwood Mayor John Faker said at the unveiling ceremony that the
Confucius statue showcases Burwood's government and residents'
recognition of and support for cultural diversity.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chinese Consul General in Sydney Qiu
Shaofang hailed Burwood's contributions to promoting
China-Australia relations and said the statue highlights cultural
diversity in Burwood.
(Xinhua News Agency December 3, 2007)