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Ambassador Lu Shaye Holds Reception Marking the 69th National Day

On September 25th, 2018, despite the rainy weather, Ottawa was soaking up the rich festive atmosphere. Ambassador Lu Shaye and his wife Mme. Wang Liwen held a grand reception to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) at the Embassy. More than 600 people from all walks of life were present at the reception, including Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government of Canada, Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Timothy Sargent, Deputy Minister of International Trade Diversification, Donald Bobiash, Assistant Deputy Minister of Global Affairs Canada, and Senator Victor Oh, Vice-Chair of the Canada-China Legislative Association, as well as other officials of the Canadian Federal government, Canadian Senators and Members of Parliament, friends, foreign diplomats to Canada, overseas Chinese, Chinese-funded institutions, and representatives of overseas students.

In his remark, Ambassador Lu said that the year of 2018 was the first year for China to implement the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). It also marks the 40th anniversary of reform and opening up. The Chinese government and people are making solid progress in the implementation of the strategic deployment laid out at the 19th CPC National Congress, unswervingly deepening reform and expanding opening up, and striving to achieve Chinese economic and social development goals. Ambassador Lu also pointed out that, facing the turbulent world in 2018, China firmly safeguards the post-war international order with the United Nations at its core and the multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organization at its core; China has actively contributed to improving global governance, building an open world economy, and fostering a new type of international relations. As international cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative makes new headway, the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind has won increasing support around the world.

Ambassador Lu emphasized that the year of 2018, the “China-Canada Year of Tourism”, witnessed the continuous and steady development of China-Canada relations. The two countries have enjoyed frequent exchanges at all levels and in various fields. Cooperation at sub-national levels has produced fruitful results and broad consensus is reached on international affairs. China is willing to work together with Canada to promote greater development of bilateral relations and cooperation in all areas.

Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Federal Government of Canada, expressed warm congratulations on the 69th anniversary of the Chinese National Day. In his speech, he spoke highly of the development of relations between the two countries in recent years. He said that there were frequent high-level exchanges between Canada and China, and rapid development could be seen in cooperation in economic and trade investment, people-to-people and cultural engagement and other areas. With a closer bilateral relationship, he looks forward to more fruitful results achieved from Canada-China cooperation in all fields.

The reception proceeded in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Ambassador Lu and his wife had a warm conversation with the guests who highly praised the economic and social development achievements of China and expressed their confidence in the future of Canada-China relations.

At the reception, students of the Embassy’s Sunshine School and Chinese-Canadian children together sang the national anthems of China and Canada, which won warm applause of the guests. The guests, with great interest, also watched the photo exhibition themed with "The Fifth Anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative: People-to-people Bond" and art performances with Chinese characteristics. Books about China’s economic and social development and Chinese culture presented in the Embassy were popular and attracted many guests.

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