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2016-04-11 China and Canada: Closer Bilateral Ties Expected 
   2016-04-08 16:59:38    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Ding Heng

Mr. Victor Oh, together with former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping during the 2014 APEC Meeting in Beijing. [Photo from Victor Oh]

Professor Ruth Hayhoe (R) hosting a forum on Canada-China education cooperation in Tsinghua University in 2014. [Photo: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/cidec/index.html]

 



For generations, Norman Bethune, a Canadian physician who lost his life while treating Chinese soldiers during the Second World War, has been a household name in China.

Mr. Bethune's story, however, is by no means the last example of links between Canada and China.

45 years after the establishment of diplomatic relations, China has now become Canada's second-largest trading partner. More than 40 bilateral cooperation mechanisms have been established at the governmental level. Each day, at least 3,000 people travel between the two countries.

Ni hao, you are listening to People In the Know, presenting you with insights into the headlines in China and around the world. I'm Jingnan in Beijing.

Closer ties between Canada and China would not have been possible without the dedication of many people from both sides.

One such person is Victor Oh, a Chinese-Canadian Senator from Ontario. As a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Mr. Oh travels to China on a regular basis in efforts to bring more people from the two sides together. My colleague Ding Heng caught up with him during his most recent trip to China.

That was Mr. Victor Oh, a Chinese-Canadian Senator from Ontario.

You are listening to People In the Know, I'm Jingnan in Beijing.

When it comes to people-to-people ties between China and Canada, those established through educational exchanges make up a significant proportion. At the moment, Chinese students account for around 30 percent of Canada's international students.

Now, to take a look at China-Canada education cooperation, we're joined by Ruth Hayhoe, Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Professor Hayhoe is one of the authors of an upcoming book "Canadian Universities in China's Transformation: An Untold Story".

Yes, a long-term perspective for education cooperation. This principle also rings true for cooperation in many other areas between Canada and China.

With that we wrap up today's program. Questions or comments for us can be sent to PIK@CRI.COM.CN. I'm Jingnan and on behalf of Ding Heng and the rest of the team, thanks for listening and make sure to tune in at the same time tomorrow.

 
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