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Ambassador Lu Shaye Visits Nova Scotia and Holds First Regular Working Dialogue with Premier Stephen McNeil

Chinese Embassy in Canada and government of Nova Scotia hold the first regular working dialogue

From November 7th to 8th, Ambassador Lu Shaye visited Nova Scotia and met with Premier Stephen McNeil and Lieutenant Governor Arthur LeBlanc respectively. Ambassador Lu and Premier McNeil co-chaired the first regular working dialogue between the Chinese Embassy and Nova Scotia. Minister Counsellor (Economic & Commercial Affairs) Xia Xiang, Minister Counsellor (Education) Yang Xinyu, Minister Counsellor and Consul General Gao Ping, and relevant officials from Political Affairs, and Press and Public Affairs of the Embassy attended the event.

Ambassador Lu introduces the results of his visit and the working dialogue to Nova Scotia reporters

During the meeting and the dialogue, Ambassador Lu introduced the main situation and significance of the 19th CPC National Congress to the Canadian attendants, and emphasized that the comprehensive promotion of the major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics and the building of a community of shared future for human beings are important components of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, which provide a new historical opportunity for the development of China-Canada relations and the cooperation in various fields, and chart the course for further cooperation between China and Nova Scotia. Speaking positively of the cooperation between Nova Scotia and China, Ambassador Lu expressed that China attaches great importance to deepening friendly exchanges and cooperation with Nova Scotia. China is willing to continue expanding practical cooperation areas, forging highlights for cooperation, and enhancing people-to-people and cultural exchanges. We will jointly promote the symbolic high-quality projects, such as the Sydney Harbour Project, maritime transport of Halifax Port, lobster trade, and e-commerce cooperation to achieve preliminary outcomes. China will further deepen exchanges and cooperation with Nova Scotia in culture, education and tourism, so as to accumulate achievements for future bilateral high-level visits, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau' upcoming visit to China in December, and to enrich the connotation of cooperation between China and Nova Scotia.

Ambassador Lu meets with Lieutenant Governor LeBlanc of Nova Scotia

Premier McNeil and Lieutenant Governor LeBlanc welcomed Ambassador Lu's visit to Nova Scotia, saying that Nova Scotia attaches great importance to developing relations with China. Nova Scotia is the first province in Canada to release cooperation strategies with China and will continue promoting practical cooperation with China for in-depth and substantial development.

During the dialogue, the two sides comprehensively reviewed and clarified the current status of bilateral cooperation on energy, resources, industry, agriculture, forestry, marine economy, infrastructure, science and technology, education, culture, tourism, consular affairs and media. They discussed and planned the future development strategy, and both agreed to take effective measures to well implement the important outcomes of the dialogue. The two sides agreed to hold the second dialogue next year.

Ambassador Lu meets with Minister Kousoulis of Labour and Advanced Education of Nova Scotia and presidents of Universities in Nova Scotia

After the meeting, Ambassador Lu gave a collective interview to CTV, CBC, the Canadian Press and major local media in Nova Scotia, and answered questions from the press concerning situations and outcomes of his visit to Nova Scotia and the working dialogue, and Chinese companies' investment in Canada.

Ambassador Lu meets with CEO of the Halifax Port Authority Karen Oldfield

During his visit, Ambassador Lu also held a panel discussion with Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education of Nova Scotia and presidents of universities in Nova Scotia. Lu also attended the business reception hosted by Laurel Broten, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc., met with Karen Oldfield, CEO of the Halifax Port Authority, visited Halifax Port, and held a group meeting with representatives of Chinese-funded enterprises, overseas Chinese and overseas students in Nova Scotia.

Ambassador Lu attends the business reception held by Laurel Broten, President of Nova Scotia Business Inc.

On September 8th, 2016, Chinese Embassy in Canada signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Establishing a Regular Working Dialogue Mechanism with Nova Scotia, confirming that the Chinese Ambassador to Canada and the Premier of Nova Scotia hold the working dialogue once a year. This is the first regular working dialogue mechanism set up by the Chinese Embassy with a provincial government in Canada.

Ambassador Lu meets with representatives of Chinese-funded enterprises, overseas Chinese and overseas students in Nova Scotia

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