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24 Jun 2013

Beijing: A festive atmosphere fosters continued development of Québec-China relations

Organizing committee for the National Holiday in Beijing: Catherine Zhang, Liya Ducharme, Romy Vaugeois, Mikael Charette, François Gaudreau (Director, Québec Government Office in Beijing) and Gladys Feng.

The Québec community in Beijing celebrated Québec’s National Holiday on Saturday, June 23 in the garden of the Westside Cafe and Bar located in the Chaoyang district in the heart of Beijing.

Some 200 people gathered for the event thanks to the Québec-China Network, one of the organization’s major partners. It provided an excellent opportunity for Quebecers and Chinese to network in a highly congenial atmosphere.

The celebration was also supported by collaborators that included the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, the Royal Bank, Desjardins and M0851, a Montréal-based leather bag and garment manufacturer.

François Gaudreau, Acting Director of the Québec Government Office in Beijing, kicked off the celebrations and introduced singer Marie-Claude Lebel and her musicians, who gave a distinctly Québécois performance.

The activity was an opportunity to strengthen the ties and friendship that exist between Quebecers in Beijing and the Chinese representatives who attended the event.

Closer ties since the Premier’s visit

Relations between Québec and China have progressed considerably since Premier Charest’s first mission to China in 2005. As a result, a number of exchanges have materialized in education, culture, research, the environment, tourism and technology.

Over the past seven years, Premier Charest has taken part in three missions to China that have led to several high-level visits between Québec and China. These exchanges have resulted in the signing or renewal of major agreements, particularly with the Government of China.

Québec’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Pierre Corbeil, and Minister of Tourism, Nicole Ménard, also carried out missions to China at the beginning of the year. Both events helped stimulate trade, primarily in consumer goods and agri-foods sectors. Chinese tourism in Québec also appears to be a high-potential niche.

We can only hope that Québec-China relations will continue to grow in the coming years.
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