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Full Text: Joint List of Outcomes of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Visit to China
2012/02/13

China and Canada here on Thursday released a joint listof outcomes of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit to China.

Following is the full text:

Joint List of Outcomes of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Visit to China.

At the invitation of Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council of the People' s Republicof China, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid an official visit to China fromFebruary 7 to 11. During the visit, President Hu Jintao, Chairman of the StandingCommittee of the National People' s Congress Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabaoheld meetings with Prime Minister Harper. Vice Premier Li Keqiang met Prime MinisterHarper and both attended and addressed the 5th China-Canada Business Forum.

The leaders reaffirmed the guiding principles outlined in the China-Canada JointStatement of 2009 and their commitment to strengthen the China-Canada strategicpartnership. Both sides agreed to maintain frequent high-level exchanges, reinforcepolitical trust, expand practical cooperation, increase people-to-people exchanges andstrengthen consultation and cooperation on international and regional issues in thespirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. The leaders also agreed to bringthe economic partnership to the next level by improving the bilateral investmentregime. At the same time, the two sides agreed to deepen economic and tradecooperation and step up cooperation in the areas of energy and other naturalresources including oil and gas, nuclear energy, renewable energy, forest productsand minerals. These developments will be strengthened by expanded cooperation inthe fields of agriculture, high technology, clean technology, environmental protection,life-sciences, bio-pharmacy, civil aviation and financial services, and among small andmedium-sized enterprises, so as to cultivate new growth points of mutually-beneficialcooperation. Both sides agreed to elevate education as a new strategic priority of thebilateral relationship. Both sides also agreed to increase dialogue and exchanges onhuman rights, on the basis of equality and mutual respect, to promote and protecthuman rights consistent with the Charter of the United Nations and internationalhuman rights instruments.

Having reached consensus, the two sides announced a series of importantdevelopments and signed relevant agreements. These include the following:

1. The two sides announced the conclusion of the substantive negotiations on thebilateral Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement. Both sides signed adeclaration of intent and will work to finalize the text within their respective domesticprocesses.

2. The leaders agreed that the joint study being done in the China-Canada EconomicPartnership Working Group on areas where the two economies are complementarywill be completed by May 2012, after which Canada and China will proceed toexploratory discussions on deepening trade and economic relations.

3. With a view to strengthening bilateral cooperation in uranium trade anddevelopment, both sides held fruitful discussions and reached agreement in principleon a legal instrument to further implement the bilateral Nuclear Co-operationAgreement, which will facilitate exports of Canadian uranium to China. Both sides willwork to finalize the text within their respective domestic processes.

4. The two sides renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) ConcerningCooperation in the Field of Energy Cooperation between China' s National EnergyAdministration and Natural Resources Canada.

5. The two sides announced their intent to conclude the substantive negotiations foran updated China-Canada Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation. Both sideswill work together to finalize the text within their respective domestic processes.

6. The two sides announced the conclusion of the substantive negotiations on theamendment to the China-Canada Air Transport Agreement. Both sides will work tofinalize the text within their respective domestic processes.

7. The two sides signed the Protocol between the General Administration of QualitySupervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China and the Canadian Food InspectionAgency on quarantine and health requirements for industrial beef tallow to be exportedfrom Canada to China.

8. The two sides signed a Cooperative Arrangement on Inspection and QuarantineAccess Issues between the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspectionand Quarantine of China and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

9. The two sides signed the MOU between the General Administration of QualitySupervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China and the Canadian Food InspectionAgency on a Cooperative Plan for Leptosphaeria Maculans Risk Mitigation (JointCanola Research).

10. The two sides agree to sign the MOU between the Ministry of Agriculture of Chinaand the Department of Fisheries and Oceans of Canada on Fisheries Cooperation atan early date.

11. The two sides signed the statement of intent for cooperation in the area ofscience, technology and innovation, and announced the third batch of China-Canadascience and technology cooperation projects.

12. The two sides signed the MOU on Cooperation between the Chinese Academy ofSciences and Natural Resources Canada in the Sustainable Development of NaturalResources.

13. The two sides reaffirmed their intention to strengthen cooperation in combatingtransnational crime and repatriating fugitives in accordance with their respective laws,and to enhance judicial and law enforcement cooperation, and agreed to launchnegotiations on an agreement on the sharing of the proceeds of crime.

14. The two sides renewed the MOU between the Ministry of Education of China andthe Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada on the China-Canada Scholars' Exchange Program, and agreed to explore additional means toexpand the two-way academic exchange, aspiring to reach the goal of 100,000students studying in each other' s countries within five years. The two sides recognizethat there is a particular need to encourage more Canadian students to study in China.

15. The two sides highlighted the complementary nature of their respective civilaviation industries and the important role they play in contributing to growth andprosperity in both Canada and China, and undertook to strengthen collaboration in thisarea.

16. The two sides plan on holding a series of cultural activities in each other' scountries in 2013 and 2014.

17. Following agreement by China and Canada, the Chinese Association of ZoologicalGardens will sign an agreement with the Toronto and Calgary zoos to provide a pair ofgiant pandas for 10 years of collaborative research on conservation.

18. The two sides signed the MOU between the State Forestry Administration of Chinaand the Parks Canada Agency for cooperation on matters related to protected areas.

19. Both sides applauded the upgrading of Canada' s Consulate in Chongqing toConsulate-General.

20. The Chinese side welcomed the availability of multiple entry Canadian visas forChinese citizens valid for a period of up to ten years. The relevant authorities willundertake bilateral consultations on further simplifying visa procedures.

21. The two sides reaffirmed that China and Canada have important shared interestsin promoting peace, security and sustainable development regionally and globally, andagreed to enhance coordination and cooperation in the UN, G20, APEC and othermultilateral institutions as well as on major international and regional issues. The twosides agreed that China and Canada are ready to work constructively with othercountries in the region to enhance peace, security and stability in Asia-Pacific.

22. During the visit, more than 20 commercial agreements were signed betweenenterprises of the two countries.

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