Canadian Ambassador to China Guy Saint-Jacques is scheduled to speak about Canada-China trade relationship in Vancouver Feb 14.
Coinciding with the Valentine's Day, Canada China Business Council will host a luncheon in honor of keynote speaker Saint-Jacques in Vancouver, according to the Business Council.
"Ambassador Saint-Jacques will share perspectives on Canada-China bilateral relations to Canadians," announced the Canada China Council in a press release.
The Canadian ambassador, who speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently, is scheduled to explain the impact of China's leadership transition on Canada.
The talk is exclusively for the Canada China Council Members and guests.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper last December approved the takeover of $15.1 billion Nexen Inc. Oil and Gas Company by the China National Offshore Oil Company.
While giving a green signal to the multi-billion-dollar deal, the prime minister noted that such deals would only be allowed under exceptional circumstances' in the future, according to CTV News.
"When we say that Canada is open for business, we do not mean that Canada is for sale to foreign governments," CTV News quoted Harper as saying last December.
"CNOOC itself is complicit in human rights abuses in Tibet, funding China's efforts to force millions of Tibetan nomads off their land to make way for mining and oil extraction. This policy is driving Tibetans to self-immolate in protest, with 50 self-immolation in the past year alone," a Tibetan leader in Canada said at a protest following the approval of the Nexen deal.
Besides national level trade between the countries, Chinese immigrants are one of the top most immigrants to Canada and Chinese language is the third largest spoken language in Canada next to English and French.
According to China Daily, Canada is among the top destinations for Chinese to settle abroad, citing the large Chinese community in Canada as reason.
"Compared to other countries, such as those in Europe, the immigration rules (of Canada) are relaxed," the China Daily quoted a Chinese immigration consultant as saying.
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