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Ambassador Zhang Junsai meets Premier of Quebec

On February 17, His Excellency Zhang Junsai, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Canada, met with Honorable Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec in the Quebec City.

Ambassador Zhang briefed the Premier about China's recent economic developments, saying that China effectively consolidated and built on its response to the international financial crisis in 2010. The Chinese national economy is in a good shape. Initial statistics showed that China's GDP amounted to over 3.9 trillion US dollars last year, a 10.3 percent increase from 2009. China's import and export grew fast, with import growth rate slightly higher than that of export. China has laid out the Twelfth Five Year Plan, which aims to make development a top priority, speed up the transformation of economic growth model, deepen reform and opening up, protect and improve people's livelihood and work for sound and fast economic and social development.

On China's bilateral ties with Canada, Ambassador Zhang noted that China-Canada relations enjoy a good momentum in recent years. With Prime Minster Harper's visit to China in 2009 and President Hu Jintao's visit to China in June last year, China's cooperation with Canada on the political, economic, trade, investment, education and tourism fronts have grown in strength. The two sides' mutual understanding and trust are deepening. China-Canada relations are in a new stage.

Ambassador Zhang spoke highly of Quebec's cooperation with China and said that Quebec has a long history of friendship with China. The two sides have had frequent high-level mutual visits. For years, Quebec and China have been conducting fruitful cooperation in education, science and technology, trade, commerce and culture. The two sides' cooperation has huge potential. The Chinese side highly values its friendly relations with Quebec and is ready to work with the Quebec Government and people to advance the mutually beneficial cooperation to a new level.

The Premier said that Quebec attaches great importance to its relations with China and is ready to further strengthen and expand its cooperation with China in various fields. The Premier welcomes more Chinese companies to invest in Quebec and looks forwards to seeing more Chinese students study in Quebec. The Premier is willing to work with the Chinese side to deepen mutual understanding and friendship and enhance mutually beneficial cooperation, in order to keep the two sides' relationship on a sound and steady track.

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