B.C. commits to cultural exchange with China

VICTORIA - British Columbia is working with the Chinese government to 
promote cultural exchange with China as part of the 2015-16 China-
Canada Year of People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges.
 
Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for Asia 
Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism Teresa Wat met with China's Vice 
Minister of Culture Ding Wei on April 14, 2015, to build the 
relationship.
 
Wat used the meeting with the high profile Chinese official to propel 
cultural exchange opportunities and highlight the work the British 
Columbia government is doing to create a legacy to honour the apology 
for historical wrongs committed against British Columbia's Chinese-
Canadian community.
 
Wat also encouraged China's co-operation on the potential partnership 
between the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark (TRGG) with the Yanqing 
Geopark in China, which lies north of Beijing and includes a section of 
the Great Wall.
 
The Year of People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges was announced by 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper as part of his third trade mission to 
China in November 2014.
 
Cultural exchange and co-operation plays a key role in enhancing mutual 
understanding between people and in promoting the value of B.C.'s 
relationship with the People's Republic of China. The meeting with Vice 
Minister Wei and his delegation provided an opportunity to enhance 
cross-cultural activities which is often a building block for later 
trade and investment.
 
British Columbia is home to the second-largest Chinese community in 
Canada. More than 460,000 British Columbians, 11% of B.C.'s population, 
identify as being Chinese, and China was the top source country for 
immigrants settling in British Columbia in 2013, with 8,600 immigrants.
 
Many of the Chinese immigrants came from mainland China in the last 
decade, and understand the business and government culture in China. 
These connections can help strengthen our trade relationships, attract 
new investment, and create and protect jobs for British Columbians.