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