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Li Keqiang Meets with Former Prime Minister Jean Chretien of Canada
2016/04/19

On the afternoon of April 19, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang met at Ziguangge of Zhongnanhai with former Prime Minister Jean Chretien of Canada.

Li Keqiang expressed that the development of China-Canada relations was regarded as "golden decade" during Mr. Jean Chretien's tenure as Prime Minister of Canada. China appreciates your long-time contributions to promoting the development of China-Canada relations. China and Canada, both as important countries in the Asia-Pacific region, are complementary in their economies and share a profound traditional friendship between both peoples. There is great potential for the further in-depth development of bilateral relations. China attaches great importance to developing relations with Canada and appreciates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's efforts to actively develop relations with China since taking office. China stands ready to, in the principle of mutual respect, equality, mutual benefit and win-win results, continuously strengthen high-level visits with Canada, improve level of cooperation in trade and investment, mainly synchronize development strategies in infrastructure construction and innovation, actively expand the third-party market cooperation in nuclear power and other fields, and conduct closer friendly communication at all levels and in various fields, so as to make China-Canada strategic partnership better benefit the two peoples.

Jean Chretien recalled with delight his several visits to China, and said that Canada-China relations enjoy a good development, and are highly complementary in their economies. Both countries are natural cooperative partners. There are still great potentials waiting to be tapped in bilateral cooperation in such areas as nuclear energy and infrastructure construction. It is believed that Canada-China relations will open a new "golden period", and the Canadian side is willing to continuously make unremitting efforts with China in this regard.

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