Consul General TONG Xiaoling Attends CCBC Networking Reception
2020/01/15

On January 14, Consul General TONG Xiaoling attended 2020 Canada-China Business Outlook & Lunar New Year Networking Reception, hosted by Canada China Business Council (CCBC) .

After extending lunar new year’s greetings to the guests, Consul General TONG pointed out that, the passed year 2019 was a year of great significance in the history of China. We celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Over the past 70 years, the Chinese people have achieved a great leap from standing up to becoming affluent and getting strong. China has also contributed about 30% of world economic growth, ranking first for 13 years ,which was more than the US, the EU and Japan combined.

Consul General TONG emphasized that in 2019, in the face of a new round of downward pressure on the world economy and changes of international landscape, China has overcome various difficulties, maintained steady upward trend of economy, gained remarkable achievements in scientific and technological innovation, and significantly improved the people's livelihood. It has achieved new and significant progress in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects. China’s foreign trade reached 31.54 trillion RMB yuan, up 3.4% over 2018. China’s GDP is expected to edge close to 100 trillion RMB yuan with per capita figure reaching 10,000 US dollars.

Consul General TONG said 2020 will also be a landmark year for the relationship between China and Canada as well as between China and the Province of British Columbia (BC). 50 years ago, China and Canada formally established diplomatic relations; 40 years ago, Suzhou and Victoria became sister cities; 35 years ago, Guangzhou and Vancouver became sister cities; 25 years ago, Guangdong and BC established twinning relationships. She wishes all these lucky numbers will help to bring our bilateral relations back to normal in 2020.

Consul General TONG emphasized that business ties are important components of bilateral relations. As China opens wider to the world, more business opportunities are provided for all countries including Canada.

Consul General TONG speaks highly of the CCBC's long-term contribution to China-Canada economic and trade development, and expects CCBC to play an important role in bringing the bilateral relations back to normal.

CCBC Vice Chair Mr. David Fung, in his speech, praises the brilliant achievements of the People's Republic of China in the past 70 years as well as of the friendly cooperation between Canada and China over the 50 years of diplomatic relationship. He calls on the governments and businesses on both sides to make greater efforts to ease the current tensions between the two nations, and expects that 2020 will bring improved opportunities to the bilateral trade and investment cooperation.

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