Ambassador Lan Lijun Attended Breakfast Discussion with Fraser Institute Policy Excursion Delegation to Ottawa
At the invitation of the Fraser Institute of Canada, H.E. Ambassador Lan Lijun attended a breakfast discussion on China-Canada relations on February 10, 2009 with the Policy Excursion Delegation to Ottawa headed by Dr. Mark Mullins, Executive Director of the Institute.
Ambassador Lan briefed the delegation on China's economic situation as well as the measures taken by the Chinese Government to cope with the global financial crisis. He reviewed the history of China-Canada relations and expounded China's positions on developing friendly relations with Canada. Ambassador Lan stressed that for China and Canada, the two great nations, joining hands and working together is conducive to the fundamental interests of both countries and peoples. "History has proven that China and Canada can engage in mutually beneficial cooperation. Under present circumstances such bilateral cooperation is even more important for both sides. The Chinese side stands ready to work with the Canadian side to develop a healthy and sustainable relationship based on the principles of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, equality, mutual benefit and non-interference in each other's internal affairs. It is my strong belief that with joint efforts, China-Canada relations will have an even brighter future," said Ambassador Lan.
Ambassador Lan also answered questions from the audience on China-Canada relations, Tibet, human rights, climate change, China's energy policy and protection of intellectual property rights.
The Fraser Institute is based in Vancouver. This is the second policy excursion to Ottawa organized by the Institute since 2007. The delegation consists of approximately 30 eminent people from across Canada in the academic and business circles.