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Ambassador Lu Shaye and His Wife Hold Reception for the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

It was a clear and refreshing autumn day in Ottawa in September 26th, and the Chinese Embassy in Canada was beautifully decorated with hanging red lanterns and bright-colored maple leaves. Ambassador Lu Shaye and his wife Wang Liwen held a reception for the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on the lawn of the Embassy. Nearly 800 people attended the reception, including Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food of Canada, Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship of Canada, Canadian Senates and MPs, government officials, friends from all walks of life, as well as foreign diplomatic envoys to Canada, overseas Chinese, Chinese-funded institutions and representatives of Chinese students in Canada. Minister Han Tao and Minister-Counselor Heng Xiaojun of the Chinese Embassy in Canada, as well as other diplomats from the Embassy also attended the reception.

Ambassador Lu introduced the brilliant development achievements China has made in economy, society and other aspects to the guests in his speech. He pointed out that since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core has led the Chinese people to promote a “Five-Pronged Overall Plan” that consists of economic, political, cultural, social, and ecological development; and formed a comprehensive strategy that consists of comprehensively building a moderately prosperous society, comprehensively deepening reform, comprehensively advancing the rule of law, and comprehensively governing the Party with strict discipline, and deeply implement the concept of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development, dashing forward along the socialist path with Chinese characteristics. Therefore, the state governance and administration have presented a brand-new situation and China has advanced into a new stage with stronger comprehensive national strength and greater international influence.

Speaking highly of China-Canada relations, Ambassador Lu stressed that the current bilateral relations maintain a sound development momentum, with continuous high-level exchanges between both sides, sustainable development in economic and trade cooperation, vigorous people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and intensified cooperation in series of global and regional issues. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will convene in October 18th, which will open up a new chapter for China’s development. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit China again this year and a new page will be written in China-Canada relations. We are full of confidence in the bright prospects of China as well as in the development of China-Canada relations.

Minister Lawrence MacAulay delivered a speech on behalf of the Canadian federal government. He said that Canada and China have witnessed the in-depth development in practical cooperation across all fields in recent years. China has become the second largest trading partner of Canada. Over the past for years, bilateral agricultural trade volume has increased 30%. Both sides are making joint efforts to promote the relevant discussion on free trade negotiations, and commit to realizing the goal of doubling the bilateral trade by the year of 2025 based on 2015 statistics. The robust development of Canada-China relations should be included into the bright future of Canada. And Canada is full of expectations about bilateral relations.

The reception boasted a warm atmosphere, during which Ambassador Lu had sincere communication with the guests. Later on, Ambassador Lu received a group interview of Chinese media in Canada. All guests spoke highly of the achievements of China's development and expressed their confidence in China-Canada relations.

The Embassy set up “2017 China Story” photo exhibition at the reception site, attracting all the guests. Accompanying children of the Embassy staff and Canadian-Chinese children sang the national anthems of the two countries, and artists from China and Canada performed Chinese folk music, Canadian folk songs and other splendid programs.

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