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Ambassador Lan Lijun addresses MCFR luncheon

On April 2nd, upon the invitation of the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations (MCFR), H.E. Lan lijun, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Canada, delivered a keynote speech on China's impact on the global economic landscape, China's expectations for the G20 London Summit, prospects for China-Canada trade and the role of Hong Kong in China-Canada relations at a diplomatic series luncheon organized by MCFR in Montreal. Also present at the luncheon were Mr. Pierre Lemonde, president and CEO of CORIM, the Honorable Martin Cauchon, former Minister of Justice of Canada, the Honorable Pierre Marc Johnson, former Premier of Québec Province, Mr. Jacques Daoust, president and CEO of Investment Québec, Mr. Peter Kruyt, Board Chair of Canada China Business Council and around 300 representatives from government of Québec and Montreal, local companies, universities, cultural organizations and media.

Ambassador Lan briefed the audience on China's current economic outlook and the measures and strategies of the Chinese Government to respond to the global financial crisis, saying that the ripple effect from the crisis is spreading and the world economic outlook is grim. He stressed that countries should restore confidence, strengthen cooperation and search for lessons. Meanwhile, countries should also act in a responsible attitude, keep their markets open and oppose trade protectionism. China remains an advocate of trade liberalization and acts on equality, mutual benefit and win-win result, as evidenced by several major government procurements overseas in the past few months. Ambassador Lan reiterated that China has taken a series of measures to expand domestic demand as the pillar of economic growth, resolutely implemented a proactive fiscal policy and moderately loose monetary policy and formulated a comprehensive economy stimulus package, all of which benefit not only China, but also the world economy at large. 

On China's trade with Canada, Ambassador Lan pointed out that as major countries in the Asia-Pacific region, China and Canada's economy has a lot to offer each other and the vast potential in trade between China and Canada is yet to be explored. The two countries need to expand and focus on, apart from sales of wood, minerals and machine parts, developing markets for retail trade and services sector, including science and technology, hydropower, engineering, IT, human resources, renewable energy, financing and export credit. Ambassador Lan commended the role of Hong Kong as an international financial center and Mainland's gateway for financial services and technology updates, and that Hong Kong is one of the best entry points into China for Canadian companies. It is in the interest of China, Hong Kong and Canada to rise above the crisis and enhance the tri-partnership.  

Ambassador Lan also briefed the audience on the G20 Summit in London that was in session and China's expectations.  

Ambassador later took questions from the audience on foreign investment in China, workers' rights and human rights protection. He also held respective meetings with CCBC members in Montreal as well as president of Montreal International and local companies and universities on the same day.  

The luncheon was covered by La Presse, The Gazette and several other Canadian and Chinese media in Montreal. 


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