Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl said the establishment of the consulate is not a "coincidence", as Chengdu and Austria share a long history of cooperation.
She added that the new consulate will be devoted to promoting Austria's ties with Sichuan and China as well, in the fields of diplomacy, economy, science and culture, and especially people-to-people exchanges.
"The opening of the consulate is the most important agenda for our trip in Chengdu," President van der Bellen said, adding that he hopes the establishment can further contribute to Sino-Austrian exchanges.
Chancellor Kurz said that the consulate will be a strong start for cooperation in the fields of economy, culture, science and technology.
To date, 17 countries have been approved to set up their consulates general in Chengdu, which tops China's central and western regions in this aspect.