66th National Day toasted in Vancouver
China’s consulate-general in Vancouver held a celebration for the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver on Sept 16.
Besides China’s Consul General in Vancouver Liu Fei, who hosted the event, the distinguished guests in attendance included Christy Clark, BC premier; Alice Wong, Canada’s minister of state for seniors; Suzanne Anton, BC minister of justice; Teresa Wat, BC minister of international trade; and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.
About 300 local community leaders, business and media representatives were also invited to the celebration.
The celebration began with a lion dance performed by members of Ken Low’s Shaolin Kung Fu Institute to welcome guests and the national anthems of both nations were played.
The year 2015 marks the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and Canada, as well as the 20th anniversary of the sister province partnership between China’s Guangdong Province and British Columbia and the 30th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Guangzhou and Vancouver.
“China has achieved a lot over the past 66 years and impressed the world with its economic miracle,” said Liu in her speech, “and hopes that more countries will benefit from China’s development, as we believe that win-win cooperation should be the core value constructing new international relations.”
Liu pointed to achievements that the two countries have made recently, including China Fiber Optic setting up its North American head offices in Canada, as well as the two nations’ reciprocal agreement on 10-year multiple-entry visas.
Liu said that China is working with BC to deepen cooperation in trade, culture, education, technology and people-to-people exchanges.
“In British Columbia, we have incredible opportunities to share with China, and for China to share with BC,” said Premier Clark.