Toronto sings Happy Birth­day to China

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By NA LI in Toronto re­nali@chi­nadai­

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.

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