IT may be one of the world’s oldest civilisations but modern China celebrates its 65th anniversary today.
On October 1, 1949 — after the Communist Party of China declared victory from a civil war against the nationalist Kuomintang — Chairman Mao declared the People’s Republic of China.
Today, it has a population of 1.35 billion, has become Australia’s largest trading partner and provides Tasmania with more than 20,000 visitors each year.
With a visit to the state by Chinese President Xi Jinping looming, Australia Chinese Friendship Society Tasmania president Jan Everett said it time to reflect on the development of a more inclusive Tasmania.
Hingor Chung, who teaches Chinese to Hobart students Telisha Roland, 15, and Meghan Hilton, 10, says there are many different faces of Tasmanians.
Events will be held around the state this week to celebrate Chinese National Day, including a dinner at Har Wee Yee restaurant in Hobart tonight.