Jiangsu, On­tario build closer ties

China Daily (Canada) - - TORONTO -

Trade flour­ishes when there is a fa­vor­able en­vi­ron­ment for it be­tween two coun­tries and this en­vi­ron­ment can be en­hanced when gov­ern­ments give it a lit­tle push.

The best proof of this was the re­cent On­tario trade mis­sion to China led by Premier Kath­leen Wynne.

With 2015 mark­ing the 30th An­niver­sary of the On­tario-Jiangsu Friend­ship Ac­cord, Jiangsu In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada (JSIBAC) and seven of its mem­bers took part in the mis­sion to China in early Novem­ber.

The mem­bers worked on de­vel­op­ing their busi­ness con­tacts in China.

In Nan­jing, the cap­i­tal city of Jiangsu prov­ince, On­tario’s sis­ter prov­ince, the mis­sion’s cor­po­rate mem­ber, Men­ergy Cor­po­ra­tion, signed four ma­jor deals with Chi­nese com­pa­nies in the ar­eas of clean tech­nol­ogy and re­new­able en­ergy, with a to­tal in­vest­ment of $1.1 bil­lion that will cre­ate 80 jobs in On­tario.

On be­half of Canada St. Michael’s Hos­pi­tal, vice pres­i­dent of JSIBAC Gu Yu signed two deals on joint can­cer and psy­chother­a­peu­tic re­search with Jiangsu Prov­ince Hos­pi­tal of TCM; and Canada TVO along with CBS Con­sult­ing Inc was able to nail down an agree­ment with Wuxi Ed­u­ca­tion TV sta­tion by pro­vid­ing on­line ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram.

Lead by its pres­i­dent Howard Shen, JSIBAC played an in­stru­men­tal role in bring­ing the city of Wuxi, Jiangsu prov­ince, and Durham, On­tario, to­gether on a com­mit­ment to de­velop strong ties by sign­ing a friend­ship-city mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing on Nov 9 in Wuxi dur­ing the mis­sion.

“We be­lieve that in the fu­ture, trade re­la­tions be­tween the two prov­inces of On­tario and Jiangsu will flour­ish even more, es­pe­cially when Canada and China get a free trade agree­ment in place,” said Shen.

— WUXI

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Michael Chan (sixth from left), On­tario min­is­ter of Cit­i­zen­ship, Im­mi­gra­tion and In­ter­na­tional Trade, was joined by Howard Shen (sec­ond from left), pres­i­dent of Jiangsu In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada, and the del­e­gates of On­tario trade mis­sion to China, to wit­ness the sign­ing cer­e­mony of Let­ter of In­tent on es­tab­lish­ment of Friend­ship City and Co­op­er­a­tion Project be­tween Wuxi, China and Durham, Canada on Nov 9 in Wuxi.

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