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Li Keqiang Holds Telephone Talks with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada at Request

On the evening of June 19, 2017, Premier Li Keqiang held telephone talks with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada at request, exchanging views on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern.

Li Keqiang noted that China-Canada relations and cooperation in various fields have constantly achieved new progress. The two countries' economic and financial strategic dialogue has been initiated, and the third round of feasibility study on the establishment of a free trade zone is about to be held. China is willing to, together with Canada, respect each other, strengthen mutual trust, enhance the integration of development strategies, deeply advance cooperation in trade, investment, clean energy, environmental protection, agriculture and other fields, and actively launch cooperation in third-party markets, and make concerted efforts to promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, so as to realize greater development of China-Canada relations.

Justin Trudeau expressed that Canada-China relations enjoy robust development with cooperation in various fields being constantly deepened. The Canadian side is willing to work with China to maintain high-level exchanges, propel practical cooperation in all fields, focus efforts on promoting exploratory discussion on the Canada-China free trade zone toward achievement of substantial results at an early date, forge highlights of cooperation in tourism and other fields, and intensify communication and coordination on international and regional affairs.

When talking about the issue of climate change, Li Keqiang said that as a major developing country and signatory of the Paris Agreement, China is committed to taking the green, low carbon and sustainable development path, which is not only the intrinsic requirement of systemic transformation and upgrading of China's economic structure, but is also part of China's assumption of responsibility for building a community of shared future for mankind. China is willing to work with all parties including Canada to jointly respond to challenges and better implement the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on the basis of the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities, equity and respective capabilities.

Speaking highly of China's stance on and role in coping with climate change, Justin Trudeau said that Canada stands ready to further strengthen cooperation with China.

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