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Wang Yi and Stéphane Dion Hold the 1st Annual Meeting Between Chinese and Canadian Foreign Ministers

On June 1, 2016 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion of Canada held in Ottawa, capital of Canada, the 1st annual meeting between Chinese and Canadian Foreign Ministers.

Wang Yi expressed that there is no historic entanglement, geographical conflicts or real interest disputes between China and Canada. Doctor Norman Bethune offered selfless assistance to the Chinese people in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression, building an important social foundation for China-Canada friendship. At present, China has become the second largest trade partner of Canada while Canada has become one of important destinations for Chinese citizens in traveling, studying abroad and investing, presenting important development opportunities to China-Canada relations. The Liberal Party of Canada has the tradition of attaching importance to relations with China, and it has made historic contributions to the development of China-Canada relations. China is willing to seize opportunities with the new Canadian government, so as to jointly initiate a new golden era of China-Canada relations.

Wang Yi noted that China stands ready to carry out high-level exchanges with Canada, and lead China-Canada strategic partnership. Both countries should expand trade scale, and advance negotiations on the construction of China-Canada Free Trade Area. The two countries need to enhance the docking of development strategies and forge new cooperation highlights. China and Canada should expand a batch of landmark cooperation projects of mutual benefit in energy, resources, infrastructure, connectivity, energy conservation and environment protection, modern agriculture, innovation and other areas, enhance personnel exchanges, expand the scale of exchange students, strengthen local exchanges and launch cooperation in justice and law enforcement as well as anti-corruption, fugitive repatriation and asset recovery. China and Canada should also deepen coordination in UN affairs, give play to the leading role of the UN in maintaining world peace and security, and strengthen cooperation within the G20 framework, so as to push for robust, balanced and sustainable development of world economy.

Stéphane Dion said that the Asia-Pacific region is the most dynamic area in the world today, and China is a prominent representative of it. Canada highly values its cooperation with China. The Liberal Party of Canada has once strongly developed relations with China in previous administrations of Pierre Trudeau, Jean Chretien and Martin Brian Mulroney. The new Liberal government is willing to inherit the tradition and open a new chapter of Canada-China relations with China. He fully agrees with the propositions on developing bilateral relations put forward by Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The Canadian side is ready to deepen cooperation with China in such fields as trade, energy, agriculture, innovation and people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and enhance coordination in international affairs, so as to push for greater development in Canada-China relations.

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