Spring Fes­ti­val re­cep­tion held in Van­cou­ver

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

The Con­sulate Gen­eral of China in Van­cou­ver hosted a grand Spring Fes­ti­val re­cep­tion at the Hy­att Ho­tel in down­town Van­cou­ver on Feb 6.

Nearly 1,000 guests at­tended, in­clud­ing Alice Wong, min­is­ter of state for se­niors; Teresa Wat, BC min­is­ter of in­ter­na­tional trade, and min­is­ter for the Asia Pa­cific strat­egy and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism; Suzanne An­ton, min­is­ter of jus­tice and at­tor­ney gen­eral of Bri­tish Columbia; Rich­mond Mayor Mal­colm Brodie; Richard T. Lee and Jenny Wai Ching Kwan, mem­bers of the BC Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly; Van­cou­ver coun­cilors Ray­mond Louie and An­drea Reimer; James Z. Wang, Burn­aby coun­cilor; Chak Kwong Au, Rich­mond coun­cilor and other dig­ni­taries and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Chi­ne­se­funded in­sti­tu­tions, Chi­nese as­so­ci­a­tions and in­ter­na­tional stu­dent com­mu­ni­ties.

A tra­di­tional Chi­nese lion dance and the beat­ing of gongs and drums pro­vided a pre­lude to the event. Alice Wong and Teresa Wat gave speeches.

Liu Fei gave a speech af­firm­ing the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Canada.

In 2014, the Chi­nese and Canadian gov­ern­ment re­leased a joint list of out­comes that cov­ered co­op­er­a­tion agree­ments val­ued at more than $2.5 bil­lion. The Bank of China and HSBC were au­tho­rized to sell RMB 3 bil­lion in off­shore bonds by the gov­ern­ment of Bri­tish Columbia. The Bank of China set up an In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Cen­ter in Van­cou­ver and GF se­cu­ri­ties opened a branch in Van­cou­ver.

The num­ber of Chi­nese tourists vis­it­ing Canada in­creased by 20 per­cent. Simon Fraser Uni­ver­sity and Chi­nese Zhe­jiang Uni­ver­sity es­tab­lished dou­ble bach­e­lor’s de­grees in com­puter en­gi­neer­ing. Simon Fraser and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Uni­ver­sity of China co­op­er­ated on a dual mas­ter’s de­gree pro­gram in global com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Bei­jing Tong Ren Tang (Canada) es­tab­lished a third branch.

Liu said that “in 2014, the strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween China and Canada was fur­ther de­vel­oped”.

DAN­WEI BU / FOR CHINA DAILY

Tra­di­tional Chi­nese lion

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