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Ambassador Zhang Junsai addresses the Deputy Ministers' Council of Ontario

On June 17, His Excellency Zhang Junsai, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Canada, addressed the Deputy Ministers' Council of Ontario on China-Canada, China-Ontario relationship upon invitation. Present at the Council were Secretary of the Cabinet Honorable Shelly Jamieson, Deputy Ministers of the government of Ontario, Mr. Chen Ligang and Mme Zhang Meifang, Consul General and Deputy Consul General of the People's Republic of China to Toronto.

Ambassador Zhang spoke highly of China-Canada and China-Ontario ties, saying that over the past four decades since the inauguration of China-Canada diplomatic relations, the two countries' relationship achieved huge progress. At present, China and Canada enjoy warm political ties, solid commercial and trade partnership and frequent mutual visits. As a leading economic, trade, educational and cultural power, Ontario has been the frontrunner in the long-term growth of China-Canada relations.

Ambassador Zhang pointed out that according to the Twelfth Five Year Plan, China will focus on strategic new industries and modern service industries by developing a green and ecological economy in the next five years. Ambassador Zhang hoped that Ontario will give full play to its comparative advantage in the above fields, expand and deepen its mutually beneficial cooperation with its Chinese counterparts to seize more business opportunities, generate more profits and take more market share. Ambassador Zhang believed that Ontario will continue to pioneer Canada's practical cooperation with China and play a unique and significant role in the future growth of China-Canada ties.

Ambassador Zhang also briefed the participants about China's peaceful development path and open strategy of mutual benefit and win-win before taking questions on China's political reform as well as China's partnership with Ontario in commerce, trade and technology.

Prior to the Council meeting, Ambassador Zhang had a brief meeting with Mme Jamieson. The two sides exchanged views on China-Ontario ties and cooperation in clean energy and education.

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