Con­sul gen­eral joins UBCM re­cep­tion

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

More than 600 guests at­tended a re­cep­tion in down­town Van­cou­ver hosted by Liu Fei, the Chi­nese con­sulgen­eral in Van­cou­ver, and the Union of Bri­tish Columbia Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties (UBCM).

Guests at the re­cep­tion at the Fair­mont Wa­ter­front ho­tel on Wed­nes­day in­cluded Teresa Wat, Bri­tish Columbia’s min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional Trade and min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for Asi­aPa­cific Strat­egy and Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, city coun­cilors, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials from Bri­tish Columbia’s pro­vin­cial and mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ments, and other UBCM del­e­gates.

Sav Dhali­wal, UBCM pres­i­dent opened the re­cep­tion by thank­ing Liu for co-host­ing the fourth re­cep­tion to­gether. He also wel­comed and in­tro­duced the ad­di­tion of booths by Chi­nese en­ter­prises at the re­cep­tion this year.

“I hope the an­nual re­cep­tion can pro­vide a great plat­form for BC gov­ern­ments and Chi­nese busi­nesses to com­mu­ni­cate and ex­change ideas with each other,” said Dhali­wal. Liu pre­sented him with a gift of Chi­nese art ware.

UBCM is the ad­vo­cate for lo­cal gov­ern­ment in Bri­tish Columbia in pol­icy de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion, gov­ern­ment re­la­tions, com­mu­ni­ca­tion ex­ter­nally and is a li­ai­son with other groups.

Liu said the friend­ship be­tween China and Bri­tish Columbia has be­come stronger than ever, and there is con­tin­u­ous growth in the in­ter­na­tional trade be­tween the two coun­tries.

“In 2014, BC’s trade with China in­creased 1 per­cent to CAD 17.01 bil­lion, ac­count­ing for 20.6 per­cent of BC’s for­eign trade and 21.8 per­cent of the to­tal trade be­tween Canada and China,” she said. “China also re­mains BC’s sec­ond-largest trad­ing part­ner, sec­ond-largest source of im­ports as well as sec­ond-largest ex­port des­ti­na­tion.”

Liu said that Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s re­cent visit to the United States is a very im­por­tant step for greater diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween China and North Amer­ica.

“This year marks the 45th an­niver­sary of diplo­matic ties and the 10th an­niver­sary of strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween China and Canada,” said Liu. “I for­mally welcome Bri­tish Columbia Premier Christy Clark and Van­cou­ver Mayor Gre­gor Robert­son to visit China next month.”

Liu said she be­lieves the vis­its would boost co­op­er­a­tion in trade, in­vest­ment, agri­cul­ture, IT, the auto in­dus­try and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.

The re­cep­tion ended with the screen­ing of the doc­u­men­tary film China, and a per­for­mance of Shan­dong by Ni­co­las Angiers. Angiers lived in China and is an en­thu­si­ast of Chi­nese lan­guage and art.

NATE YU / CHINA DAILY

Liu Fei, China’s con­sul gen­eral in Van­cou­ver, gives a talk at the 2015 UBCM re­cep­tion on Sept 23.

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