Trudeau pushes ex­change with China

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By NA LI in Toronto re­nali@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau said that it’s time for Cana­di­ans to once again show the lead­er­ship that shapes the way the West en­gages with China, no mat­ter what con­cerns about val­ues and hu­man rights ex­ist on ei­ther side.

Trudeau made the com­ments at a meet­ing with Chi­nese me­dia on Oct 7.

“We’re watch­ing China change from be­ing sim­ply an ex­port econ­omy to an im­port coun­try with in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity for Canada,” said Trudeau. “Three hun­dred mil­lion mem­bers of the Chi­nese mid­dle class have to be consumers and pur­chasers of good qual­ity goods from Canada, whether it will be agri­cul­tural or man­u­fac­tur­ing, there is a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity for small- and medium-sized busi­nesses in Canada to ac­tu­ally sell on the Chi­nese mar­ket.”

Talk­ing about the eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges that Canada now faces, Trudeau en­cour­aged Cana­dian com­pa­nies to be more en­gaged with the Chi­nese econ­omy, men­tion­ing Alibaba, whose chair­man, Jack Ma, he met with dur­ing an of­fi­cial visit to China one month ago.

“It was also great to set­tle the canola is­sue be­cause our west­ern farm­ers are very pleased that they now have ac­cess to the Chi­nese mar­ket,” said Trudeau of the MOU signed dur­ing Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang’s vis­it­ing to Canada two weeks ago. The four-year $2 billion deal al­lows Cana­dian canola to con­tinue to be ex­ported to China.

Ac­cord­ing to Trudeau, Canada and China are es­tab­lish­ing reg­u­lar ro­bust con­ver­sa­tions on such dif­fi­cult is­sues as hu­man rights and the rule of law, with the pri­or­i­ties of both sides be­ing to find ways to work to­gether and en­gage with the world.

“I feel that my fa­ther was in­stru­men­tal in shap­ing the way that the West­ern world en­gaged with China as of the early ’70s,” Trudeau said. “He re­ally demon­strated how the world could work with China to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties on both sides.

“Now we’re at a point where China is in rapid trans­for­ma­tion away from be­ing solely based on man­u­fac­tur­ing and ex­port­ing into strong consumers as well,” he con­tin­ued. “So I think there is an op­por­tu­nity for Cana­di­ans to once again show the lead­er­ship that shapes the way the West can en­gage with China.”

Trudeau noted that 2018 would be the year of CanadaChina tourism and that Canada planned to dou­ble its trade with China by 2025.

“We look for­ward to welcoming many Chi­nese tourists to Canada, and I also know that many Cana­di­ans will be ex­cited about go­ing to dis­cover how beau­ti­ful China is,” he said.

“The Chi­nese and Cana­di­ans will be im­por­tant friends and al­lies as we con­tinue cre­ate pros­per­ity for our ci­ti­zens and hard­work­ing mid­dle class,” Trudeau con­cluded.

NA LI / CHINA DAILY

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau (sec­ond from left), along with Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment (from left) Arnold Chan, Shaun Chen and John McCal­lum, meet with mem­bers of the Chi­nese me­dia on Oct 7 in Markham. Justin Trudeau, Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter

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