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Ambassador Lu Shaye Attends Opening Ceremony of Beijing Week

On October4th, in the night of Mid-Autumn Festival, Beijing Week which was co-hosted by Beijing Municipal Government and the Chinese Embassy in Canada curtained up at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, capital of Canada. Hundreds of guests at home and abroad including Ambassador Lu Shaye, Cheng Hong, Vice Mayor of Beijing, Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, Sheila Copps, former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Minister of the Department of Canadian Heritage and Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of the National Arts Center attended the opening ceremony and relevant performances and exhibitions. The media from China and Canada covered the event.

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau specially delivered a Mid-Autumn Festival congratulatory message to the Asian community in Canada. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism specifically sent congratulatory videos for Beijing Week. They unanimously appreciated the fruitful results achieved in China-Canada cultural exchanges and the contributions to enriching Canada’s diverse cultures.

At the opening ceremony, Ambassador Lu Shaye, Vice Mayor Cheng Hong and Mayor Jim Watson delivered their speeches respectively, and fully recognized the positive role of the exchanges between Chinese and Canadian cultures and between the two sister cities in improving bilateral relations. Ambassador Lu pointed out that people-to-people and cultural exchanges are an important foundation and an integral part of China-Canada friendly cooperation, which injects an inexhaustible driving force into bilateral relations. He highlighted that Beijing Week is not only a new starting point for the cooperation between Beijing and Ottawa, the two sister cities, but also an epitome of deepening all-round cooperation between China and Canada.

Before the opening ceremony, Ambassador Lu, Vice Mayor Cheng Hong and Mayor Jim Watson witnessed the signing of agreements on culture, economy and trade and other fields between the two cities, and the unveiling of the mascot and other activities. Minister-Counselor (Culture) Zhao Haisheng was present at relevant events.

Beijing Week is an important part of the celebration activities of “2017 Ottawa Welcomes the World” and the best wishes to Ottawa and all Canadian people from Beijing for the 150th confederation of Canada. Themed with “Greeting from Sister City --- Beijing and Ottawa”, the Beijing Week brings Canada and its people a variety of shows, cultural temple fairs, the “Charming Beijing” photo exhibition, the promotional events on Beijing and children’s interactive experience and other activities.

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