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Australian office in Taiwan renamed

2012/05/28 22:38:26

Taipei, May 28 (CNA) The Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei has renamed itself the Australian Office to better reflect its functions, Kevin Magee, the representative of the office, said Monday.

"In 2012 the time has come to change our name to something that better reflects our work," Magee was quoted as telling senior government officials and cultural and business leaders in a statement.

The Australian Commerce and Industry Office was established in 1981 to serve as the de facto Australian representative office in Taiwan.

At Monday's event to announce the name change, renowned Taiwanese calligrapher Ho Chuan-hsin wrote the five Chinese characters for "Australian Office" in calligraphy, the office said.

"When it came time to look for a new symbol and logo for our renamed office, which serves as a bridge between Australia and Taiwan and Australian and Chinese culture, it was natural we thought of featuring calligraphy as the center point and heart of our new image and public face," Magee said.

At the event, Taiwanese indigenous musician Amour played the didgeridoo, an Australian indigenous instrument used in rituals, to emphasize a dialogue of cultures, the office said.
(By Emmanuelle Tzeng and Christie Chen) ENDITEM/ls