Toronto sings Happy Birthday to China
When a six layer cake was cut by Chinese Consul General in Toronto Xue Bing and the former mayor of Mississauga Hazel McCallion, guests started to sing Happy Birthday song to China, which brought a roar of cheer and a burst of applause.
It was at the National Day reception celebrating the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Tuesday in Richmond Hill, where hundreds of guests gathered together to celebrate the 67th birthday.
“I’d like to extend my warmest welcome to all of you to the reception this evening to celebrate with us the birthday of China,” said the party’s host, Xue.
“Not long ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Li Keqiang successfully exchanged visits in less than a month, indicating that the China-Canada relations got back on the right track,” said Xue.
According to Xue, the two sides officially launched the annual dialogue mechanism between the Chinese and Canadian prime ministers and signed dozens of intergovernmental and commercial agreements. They also have embarked on exploratory talks for a potential free trade agreement.
“The exchange of visits has pointed out the direction for and opened a new chapter of China-Canada relations,” Xue said.
Bilateral trade between the two countries has reached C$46.2 billion from January to July. The broadened economic and trade cooperation is accompanied by the rapidly growing people-to-people exchanges.
“The more frequent people-to-people exchanges further deepen the friendship and mutual understanding between our two peoples,” Xue added.
Xue also looked back at 1949, when China’s total GDP was only $18.9 billion, and per capita GDP was $35.
In 2015, China’s GDP jumped to $10.8 trillion, with the per capita GDP rising to $7,924.
McCallion, 95, proposed a toast by saying “long live China, long live friendship between Canada and China” when she addressed the stage.