66th Na­tional Day toasted in Van­cou­ver

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By MAYA LIU in Van­cou­ver For China Daily

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.

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