Strengthening Canada-China Relationship Through People-to-People Ties

April 17, 2013 - Tianjin, China - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), receive kites presented by students from Yinghua Bond International College, which is offering a Canadian curriculum program for students who wish to prepare for study overseas. Of the school’s 54 graduates, 53 will travel to Canada this fall to attend Canadian universities or colleges.

Attracting international students is a priority for the Government of Canada. As of December, 2012, there were 81,646 Chinese students in Canada. China is now by far Canada’s largest source of international students. Canada and China have set an objective of 100,000 students studying in each other’s country by 2017.  

Canada provides a safe, welcoming and cost-effective environment for international students seeking a high-quality education. Attracting the best and brightest students is key to Canada’s long-term prosperity.

For more details about cooperation in education between Canada and China, please visit More Success for Canadian Schools in China.

Minister Fast is on a two-week visit to Asia that includes stops in the cities of Tokyo, Yokohama, Hong Kong, Beijing, Harbin and Tianjin before he attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Ministers Responsible for Trade meeting in Indonesia.

For more information, please consult Deepening Trade with Asia.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
613-992-7332

Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-996-2000
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