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IN-DEPTH: Nova Scotia's growing ties with China takes root in Annapolis Valley

Five Grade 7 students and their chaperone arrived at the Trojan Sports Centre in Bridgetown at suppertime on Feb. 8. They were tired after almost 24 hours travelling from China, but after they ate some Canadian food they still had enough energy to tour the sports centre and spend an hour at the Bridgetown Regional Community School.
Five Grade 7 students and their chaperone arrived at the Trojan Sports Centre in Bridgetown at suppertime on Feb. 8. They were tired after almost 24 hours travelling from China, but after they ate some Canadian food they still had enough energy to tour the sports centre and spend an hour at the Bridgetown Regional Community School. - Lawrence Powell
Five Grade 7 students and their chaperone arrived at the Trojan Sports Centre in Bridgetown at suppertime on Feb. 8. This science lab at Bridgetown Regional Community School was one of the classrooms the students visited Feb. 8 during their first day in Canada. Teacher Terry Saunders showed them around.

Meet the new kids on the block: Nova Scotia's growing ties with China bringing students to Annapolis County

Five middle school students from the Suqian Suzhou Foreign Language School in China woke up in Bridgetown Feb. 9. They’re here to learn all things Canadian - and started things out with bacon and eggs.

Before Annapolis County Warden Timothy Habinski left on his first visit to China on Jan. 12, 2017, he had already received a gift from one of the host cities he was visiting – a long tapestry on a wooden spool. Since then, he’s signed friendship agreements with two Chinese cities and Annapolis County has hosted two visits from Chinese students. He said that’s just the beginning.

Annapolis County steps outside conventional municipal jurisdiction, mounts own trade mission to China

When Annapolis County Warden Timothy Habinski goes to China, they greet him as 'Han Boya' – meaning the Warrior Poet. He was overwhelmed when the Chinese gave him the name - and it’s the name by which he must introduce himself when he visits. When he does go, he's revered. In 2017, he signed friendship agreements with the cities of Suqian and Quzhou.

West Nova Member of Parliament Colin Fraser sees substantial economic benefits for agriculture and fisheries by strengthening ties with the Chinese and their emerging economy. Breaking down barriers, forging relationships, and building trust are keys to both countries helping each other.

Building trade ties: MP Colin Fraser sees major economic, cultural benefits between West Nova and China

When West Nova Member of Parliament Colin Fraser talks about China, it’s with some measure of excitement. It’s all about culture, tourism, friendships, trust, and economic benefit on both sides.

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