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Xi Jinping Meets with Governor General David Johnston of Canada

On July 13, 2017, President Xi Jinping met at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse with Governor General David Johnston of Canada.

Xi Jinping pointed out that both as important countries in the Asia-Pacific region, China and Canada enjoy important common interests and broad cooperation prospects in achieving respective national development and coping with global challenges. In recent years, China-Canada relations have maintained a sound development momentum in general, bringing tangible benefits to the two peoples and promoting the peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large. China is willing to, together with Canada, maintain high-level exchanges, make good use of dialogue mechanisms at various levels, and expand exchanges between government departments, legislative bodies, political parties and people from all walks of life. Both sides should respect each other's core interests and major concerns and make joint efforts from a strategic height and long-term perspective all the time to push forward the constant development of China-Canada strategic partnership.

Xi Jinping stressed that both countries should exploit potential, deepen communication and cooperation in such areas as economy, trade, law enforcement, science, technology as well as people-to-people and cultural engagement, expand advantage complementarity and facilitate mutual benefit and win-win results. The two sides should start Free Trade Agreement negotiations at an early date, upgrade bilateral trade level, and steadily promote practical cooperation in energy resources, modern agriculture, clean technology and other areas. China stands ready to, together with Canada, expand exchanges and cooperation in such fields as education, culture, youth, tourism and winter sports, and consolidate the social and public opinion foundation of bilateral relations. Both sides should enhance coordination and cooperation in multilateral affairs, jointly safeguard the authority of the United Nations and actively address global issues including climate change.

David Johnston stated that Canada and China enjoy a time-honored friendship, and friendly exchanges between the two peoples have become increasingly close. Speaking highly of China's great achievements in such areas as sustainable development, poverty reduction, environmental protection, science and technology, the Canadian side expressed the willingness to cement high-level exchanges, strengthen communication and cooperation in economy, trade, science, technology and sports as well as intensify exchanges and coordination in global and regional affairs with China.

After the meeting, Xi Jinping and David Johnston jointly witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents on culture, sports and other fields.

Yang Jiechi and others were present at the meeting.

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