"On October 13, 1970 Canada and People's Republic of China established diplomatic relations. The fortieth anniversary of the establishment of relations between these two states will be marked by a national conference, co-sponsored by the China Institute, at the University of Alberta, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. The Conference will be held at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, October 13-14, 2010 Attending the conference will be Parliamentarians, former Ambassadors, senior officials, academics and others with an interest in Canada-China relations.
With the exception of Canada-US relations, the Canada-China relationship is likely to be the most significant foreign connection for Canada in the 21st century. With the steady rise over three decades of China's economic, political and cultural influence, the conduct of our relations with China will be a key component of Canadian diplomacy. The maintenance of a stable and strong trade and investment relationship with the PRC also promises to be an indispensable element of Canadian prosperity in coming decades.
The two-day conference will focus on the development of the diplomatic relationship, the current state of Canada-China relations, and the prospects for the future conduct of Canada-China relations. Attendance at the conference is by invitation only."
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