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Li Keqiang Holds Talks with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, Stressing to Enhance Dialogue, Open up Cooperation and Initiate a New Development Era of China-Canada Relations
2016/08/31

On the morning of August 31, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang held talks at the Great Hall of the People with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, who was in China for an official visit and attendance at the G20 Hangzhou Summit.

Li Keqiang expressed that as countries with important influence in the Asia-Pacific region and even the world, both China and Canada are each other's important cooperation partner as well. China appreciates the new Canadian government's dedication to developing relations with China, and is willing to, together with Canada, expand exchanges and dialogues at all levels and in various fields, enhance political mutual trust, develop practical cooperation, and intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges in the spirit of mutual respect and equal treatment and from a long-term perspective, so as to initiate a new development era of China-Canada relations.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China-Canada practical cooperation enjoys sound foundation, broad space and huge potential. It is hoped that Canada can ease the export of high-tech products to China, which is conducive to giving full play to the complementary advantages in areas including science, technology and manufacturing between the two countries, providing products with high technological quality and cost performance for the international market, creating vast opportunities to third-party market cooperation and better realizing win-win results for multiple parties. China hopes that both sides can further step up people-to-people and cultural exchanges in various fields, and create more favorable conditions for increasing understanding and advancing cooperation.

Li Keqiang stressed that the development of China-Canada relations is not only beneficial to the two countries, but also helpful to coping with global challenges and promoting world peace and development. China is willing to enhance communication and coordination within the UN, the G20 and other multilateral frameworks with Canada, and send the positive signal of jointly maintaining peace and stability to the international community, so as to contribute to world economic recovery and growth.

Justin Trudeau noted that Canada-China relations and cooperation enjoy fruitful results and broad prospect, exerting important influence to both countries and the international community. China is a significant economy in the world. Its social and economic achievements are admirable. Canada is willing to, together with China, consolidate cooperation foundation, give play to respective advantages, and strengthen communication and coordination in international affairs, so as to forge a stronger, more vibrant and multi-level cooperation partnership. The two countries should jointly explore the international market, discuss the launch of negotiations on a free trade agreement, and boost the sustainable growth of Canada-China trade and international trade through deepening trade and cooperation in high-tech and other areas.

Before the talks, Premier Li Keqiang held a welcoming ceremony at the square outside the East Gate of the Great Hall of the People for Justin Trudeau. Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Qi Xuchun and others were present.

After the talks, Li Keqiang and Justin Trudeau jointly witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents in culture, environmental protection as well as other areas.

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