Con­sul gen­eral in Van­cou­ver sees bright fu­ture with Canada

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICAS -

“I wit­nessed 12 of the sign­ings in the sec­tors of cul­ture, econ­omy and travel,” said Liu, who said she was de­lighted to see Poly Cul­ture Group, China’s largest art and cul­tural com­pany, had signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing to es­tab­lish its North Amer­i­can head of­fice in Van­cou­ver.

“Not only will Poly Cul­ture’s ex­pan­sion into North Amer­ica cre­ate jobs for Bri­tish Columbians, it will bring added rich­ness to our prov­ince’s mul­ti­cul­tural arts scene,” Clark said in an in­ter­view about her trip. “The fact that Poly Cul­ture Group has cho­sen Van­cou­ver shows con­fi­dence that our prov­ince, which has the sec­ond-largest Chi­ne­seCana­dian com­mu­nity in Canada, is per­fectly sit­u­ated as a strate­gic base to pro­mote Chi­nese cul­tural in­dus­try in North Amer­ica.”

Dur­ing the trade mis­sion to China, Liu and Clark also vis­ited the mayor of Zhang Ji­akou in Beijing to dis­cuss the 2022 Win­ter Olympics in China. Van­cou­ver hosted the 2010 Win­ter Olympics, and more co­op­er­a­tion can be ex­pected be­tween both coun­tries. Liu said China wel­comes more Cana­dian ex­perts to Beijing to share their ex­pe­ri­ences of or­ga­niz­ing a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional sport­ing event.

“Van­cou­ver Film School has also signed part­ner­ship agree­ments with the Beijing Film Acad­emy and the Guangzhou Acad­emy of Fine Arts to work on movies to­gether,” said Liu. “It is a joy to see cul­tures and ideas are ex­changed be­tween the two coun­tries.” Van­cou­ver Film School is a world-rec­og­nized en­ter­tain­ment arts school lo­cated in down­town Van­cou­ver.

Liu told China Daily how ed­u­ca­tion also plays a big role in re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

“There’s a grow­ing num­ber of Chi­nese stu­dents study­ing in Canada th­ese re­cent years,” Liu said. “Canada is one of the world’s most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, be­cause it has a great en­vi­ron­ment for ed­u­ca­tion.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Cana­dian Bureau for In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion, Canada de­rives $8 bil­lion an­nu­ally from in­ter­na­tional stu­dent ex­pen­di­tures, and those stu­dents com­prise 8 per­cent of the post-sec­ondary stu­dent pop­u­la­tion in Canada.

“We also wel­come more Cana­dian stu­dents to study in China,” Liu said. “Since 2015, we’ve given out 15 schol­ar­ships ev­ery year. We hope more schools in Canada can cre­ate funds and pro­grams to sup­port lo­cal stu­dents in learn­ing and ex­chang­ing with stu­dents in China.”

Each year, China’s Ed­u­ca­tion Con­sulate of­fice in Van­cou­ver or­ga­nizes the Bri­tish Columbia Chi­nese Bridge Man­darin Singing Con­test with Pa­cific Ed­u­ca­tional Ac­cess for Kids, the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute at the Bri­tish Columbia In­stitue of Tech­nol­ogy and the Cana­dian Teach­ing Chi­nese as a Sec­ond Lan­guage As­so­ci­a­tion.

WEIYUAN LI / FOR CHINA DAILY

Con­sul Gen­eral Liu Fei takes ques­tions from the me­dia at the Chi­nese Con­sulate Gen­eral in Van­cou­ver on Nov 25.

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