Chinese Consulate General in Montreal inaugurated

09:21, June 24, 2011      

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Chinese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Song Tao addresses the inauguration of Chinese consulate general in Montreal, Canada, June 22, 2011. China has inaugurated its latest consulate general in Montreal Wednesday, the fourth to be opened as part of growing ties with Canada. (Xinhua/Zhang Dacheng)

China has inaugurated its latest consulate general in Montreal Wednesday, the fourth to be opened as part of growing ties with Canada.

In his address at the inauguration ceremony, Chinese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Song Tao thanked Canadian governments at different levels and the local Chinese communities for the opening of the consulate general, which joins consulates general in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.

Song said the event clearly showed mutual beneficial achievements had been made consecutively with a pattern of cooperation in all fields and at all levels following the successful mutual visits by Chinese President Hu Jintao and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper over the past two years.

He said China was looking to promote cooperation and exchanges with Canada in the fields of economy and trade, science and technology, education and culture among others with the provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick, which is under the jurisdiction of the new consulate general.

In his response, Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, said the new consulate marked an important milestone in Canada-China relations and would benefit bilateral cooperation and realize mutual prosperity.

In her first public appearance, Zhao Jiangping, Consul General at the new post, told some 500 guests in the Montreal Conference and Exhibition Center she felt honored with her assignment to serve the Canadian as well as Chinese citizens in their increasingly close exchanges.

She invited the Chinese and Canadian officials to unveil a bronze nameplate of her consulate and an envelope specially designed by Chinese artists to mark the opening of the consulate.

Quebec, the largest province in Canada by area and the only one whose sole official language is French at the provincial level, plays a leading role in Canada's economy, especially the knowledge economy such as aerospace, information and communication technologies, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry.

New Brunswick, one of Canada's three Maritime provinces with about one third of its population speaking French, have modern, service-based economies dominated by the health care, educational, retail, finance, and insurance sectors in its urban areas, while the rural primary economy is best known for forestry, mining, mixed farming and fishing.

China established diplomatic relations with Canada in 1970 after Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau recognized the People's Republic of China, becoming one of the first Western countries to do so.

Relations have generally been stable since relations were established, and China is currently Canada's second largest trading partner after the United States. Canada is China's 13th largest.
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