On June 11, Premier Jean Charest participated in the unveiling of a statue of Confucius presented to Québec by the Province of Shandong, represented for the occasion by Vice Governor Suilian Wang and the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Lijun Lan. The statue is a token of the lasting friendship between Québec and Shandong, the Chinese province where the famous philosopher was born.
The Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec has installed the imposing bronze statue at the corner of rue George-V Est and the Grande-Allée, close to the National Assembly and one of the capital city’s busiest streets.
In the words of Premier Charest, “The Government of Québec is pleased to accept this statue of Confucius from the Governor of Shandong. It is a beautiful addition to our capital city and highlights our ties with Shandong, a high-priority partner with which we enjoy increasing cooperation.”
Vice Governor Suilian Wang’s official visit flows from the signing of an agreement between Québec and Shandong by the Governor of Shandong and the Premier of Québec during the latter’s August 2008 mission to China. On the heels of this agreement, the members of a Québec Shandong work group held their initial meeting in Québec City on the same day as the statue unveiling, in order to study and approve activities and projects for deployment under a two-year cooperation program in the education, science and technology, research and culture sectors.
During her stay in Québec, the Vice Governor met with Premier Charest and Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations, to discuss areas of interest for development within the framework of Québec-Shandong relations.
Québec’s International Policy recognizes China as a high-priority, emerging market. China is one of Québec’s most promising partners, especially in the fields of science and research, the economy and education.
Relations between Québec and China