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Ambassador Zhang's official visit to Ontario

Ambassador Zhang meeting with Lieutenant Governor Honorable David C. Onley

February 22-24, His Excellency Zhang Junsai, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Canada and Mme Yin Guomei paid an official visit to Ontario at the invitation of Honorable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario.


Ambassador Zhang meeting with Speaker of the Ontario Legislative Assembly Honorable Steve Peters

Ambassador Zhang met with Lieutenant Governor Honorable David C. Onley, Premier Dalton McGuinty, Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada Honorable Peter Milliken, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs of Ontario Honorable Monique Smith, Ontario's Leader Opposition Tim Hudak, Mayor of Toronto His Worship Bob Ford, Chair of the Torstar Group Mr. John A. Honderich, Toronto Star Editor in Chief Mr. Michael Cooke and press members from the Greater Toronto region.

Ambassador Zhang meeting with Ontario's Leader Opposition Tim Hudak

During his visit, Ambassador Zhang took a tour to Manulife Financial Head Office and met the corporation’s President and CEO Mr. Donald A. Guloien. The Ambassador then addressed respectively at the welcoming dinner hosted by the Confederation of Metropolitan Toronto Chinese Canadian Organization and the joint business luncheon held by Hong Kong-Canada Business Association and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Ambassador Zhang ended his trip by visiting and addressing the University of Waterloo.

Ambassador Zhang meeting with Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs of Ontario Honorable Monique Smith

Ambassador Zhang and Mme Yin’s visit was highly anticipated. They were warmly received by an introduction by Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario Honorable Steve Peters to all Assembly members.

Ambassador Zhang meeting with Mayor of Toronto His Worship Bob Ford and the other officials

During his meetings with local government officials, Ambassador Zhang said that Ontario has a long history with China. Norman Bethune, a Canadian doctor well known among the Chinese people was an Ontario citizen. As Canada’s largest province, Ontario has rich resources and a vibrant economy. Ontario leads Canada in vehicle manufacturing, nuclear power, transportation, steel, electronics, communication and mining. Ontario provides 40 percent of jobs in Canada. The Province plays a vital role in Canada’s economy. Moreover, the Greater Toronto region is home to over 600,000 overseas Chinese. Among the 70,000 Chinese students in Canada, 36,000 are studying in Ontario. Ontario’s cooperation with China has huge potential.

Ambassador Zhang meeting with President and CEO of Manulife Mr. Donald A. Guloien

Ambassador Zhang expressed his hope that the two sides will continue to advance mutually beneficial cooperation in all fields and enhance China’s friendly relations with Ontario and other parts of Canada.

Ambassador Zhang meeting with Chair of the Torstar Group Mr. John A. Honderich and Editor in Chief Mr. Michael Cooke

Officials from local government said that the Ontario Government highly values its relations with China. The two sides have had fruitful exchange and cooperation in various fields. China is Ontario’s second largest trade partner, fifth largest export market and second biggest source of import. Ontario’s trade with China took up 53.7 percent of Canada’s trade with China in 2009. The Ontario Government is positive towards expanding its partnership with China and is ready to work with the Chinese side in strengthening cooperation in education, science and technology, trade, commerce, energy, tourism, culture and environment.

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