Consul general in Vancouver sees bright future with Canada
“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.
Consul General Liu Fei takes questions from the media at the Chinese Consulate General in Vancouver on Nov 25.