Waterloo, Canada – October 10, 2012 – The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) invites media to cover an exclusive address by His Excellency Zhang Junsai, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Canada.

Ambassador Zhang will speak at an invitation-only event, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2012, at the CIGI Campus in Waterloo. Mr. Zhang will discuss his views on the history of the development of China-Canada relations in the past 42 years and China’s desired trajectory of this important bilateral relationship. He will elaborate on his views to build more robust political, economic and social relations in a time of a profoundly changing international situation.

Media wishing to cover this invitation-only address are asked to register in advance with CIGI Communications Specialist Declan Kelly, at 519-885-2444, ext. 7356 or [email protected]. Please note: CIGI is awaiting confirmation from the Chinese Embassy on Ambassador Zhang’s media availability.

The event will be live webcast from 5 pm. Media who wish to watch the free webcast are asked to register at http://ambzhanglecture.eventbrite.ca/#.

WHO: His Excellency Zhang Junsai, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Canada

WHAT: Address on Canada-China relations

WHERE: CIGI Campus Auditorium, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON N2L 6C2

WHEN: 5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 11, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT:                                                              
Declan Kelly, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7356, Email: [email protected]

ABOUT HIS EXCELLENCY ZHANG JUNSAI:                
Ambassador Zhang has held many posts, most recently as the 2010 - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Canada; 2007-2010 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of Australia; 2003-2007 Deputy Director General, North American and Oceanian Affairs Dept, MFA; and 2000-2003 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of the Fiji Islands.

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