Deputy con­sul in Van­cou­ver gets send­off

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By JUSTINE HUANG in Van­cou­ver For China Daily

In a chang­ing of the guard, China’s Con­sul Gen­eral in Van­cou­ver Liu Fei held a send­off party for Mao Run­long, the out­go­ing deputy con­sul gen­eral, and wel­comed Fan Xiaodong, the newly ap­pointed deputy at the con­sulate on Feb 4.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of sev­eral lo­cal Chi­nese-Canadian en­ter­prises and me­dia at­tended the oc­ca­sion.

At an ear­lier press con­fer­ence, Liu dis­cussed the prospects for China-Canada re­la­tions in 2015, and of­fi­cially in­tro­duced the new deputy con­sul gen­eral.

Liu ex­pressed her grat­i­tude to Mao Run­long for his three years of ser­vice and ded­i­ca­tion to es­tab­lish­ing a deeper re­la­tion­ship be­tween China and Canada.

“Ev­ery­one here at the con­sulate gen­eral of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China in Van­cou­ver will miss Mr Mao, and I hope we can all warmly sup­port the new deputy con­sul gen­eral Mr Fan, he is a great se­nior diplo­mat,” said Liu.

Over his ten­ure, Mao ac­tively par­tic­i­pated in and sup­ported nu­mer­ous projects that pro­moted cul­tural ex­change be­tween China and Canada, Liu said.

His pres­ence could be seen in mem­o­rable events like the Canada-China Ti­betan Cul­tural Week, the First Canada Chi­nese Arts Bridge ex­hi­bi­tion, the 2013 Bri­tish Columbia “Chi­nese Bridge” Man­darin Speech con­test, the Golden Panda North Amer­ica In­ter­na­tional Short Film fes­ti­val and the un­veil­ing of the Year of the Ram stamps cer­e­mony held by the Canadian postal ser­vice.

“Mr Mao served ev­ery­one with sin­cer­ity and great en­thu­si­asm,” said Zhu Zhan­lun, chair­man of the Chi­nese Benev­o­lent As­so­ci­a­tion of Van­cou­ver. “He cared about the Chi­nese com­mu­nity and made great con­tri­bu­tions to the pro­mo­tion of China-Canada friend­ship and cul­tural ex­change.”

Prior to his po­si­tion as the deputy con­sul gen­eral of China for Van­cou­ver, Mao worked for the Bei­jing Ser­vice Bureau for Diplo­matic Mis­sions, the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs in the Hong Kong Visa of­fice and the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China for more than 32 years.

Mao will re­turn to Bei­jing for re­tire­ment this month.

As for the new deputy con­sul gen­eral, Fan Xiaodong said he was ex­cited to serve the Chi­nese com­mu­nity of Van­cou­ver and he hoped that the con­sulate could bet­ter serve Chi­nese-Canadian cit­i­zens.

DAN­WEI BU / FOR CHINA DAILY

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