Xi: China, Canada must en­large trade

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China and Canada should ini­ti­ate ne­go­ti­a­tions on a free trade agree­ment as soon as pos­si­ble, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said on Thurs­day, while call­ing for joint ef­forts to pro­mote bi­lat­eral trade.

The two coun­tries should push for­ward co­op­er­a­tion in such ar­eas as en­ergy, re­sources, mod­ern agri­cul­ture and clean tech­nol­ogy, Xi said dur­ing his meet­ing with David John­ston, gov­er­nor gen­eral of Canada, at the Diaoyu­tai State Guest­house in Bei­jing.

The two lead­ers wit­nessed the sign­ing of two mem­o­ran­dums of un­der­stand­ing on es­tab­lish­ing the China-Canada Joint Com­mit­tee on Cul- ture and Olympic and Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games co­op­er­a­tion.

Not­ing that China and Canada both have im­por­tance in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, Xi said the two na­tions have wide com­mon in­ter­ests and huge space for co­op­er­a­tion. China would like to main­tain high-level ex­changes with Canada, make full use of di­a­logue mech­a­nisms at all lev­els and ex­pand ex­changes in gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, leg­isla­tive bod­ies and po­lit­i­cal par­ties, he said.

The pres­i­dent called on the two coun­tries to re­spect each other’s core in­ter­ests and ma­jor con­cerns, and to push for­ward the de­vel­op­ment of the China-Canada strate­gic part­ner­ship.

China and Canada should deepen co­op­er­a­tion i n ar­eas i nclud­ing trade, law en­force­ment, science and peo­ple-to-peo­ple e xchanges, Xi said, adding that the two coun­tries should make full use of each other ’s com­ple­men­tar y ad­van­tages to achieve mu­tual ben­e­fits.

John­ston started a five-day visit to China on Mon­day. He vis­ited the Chongqing Plan­ning Ex­hi­bi­tion Gallery on Tues­day in Chongqing and had a hot pot meal with Chi­nese stu­dents who will go to Canada to study in au­tumn.

Canada ad­mires China’s achieve­ments in sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, poverty re­duc­tion, en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion and sci­en­tific ar­eas, John­ston said.

Canada would like to en­hance high-level ex­changes with China; strengthen co­op­er­a­tion in trade, science and sports; and boost com­mu­ni­ca­tion in global and re­gional af­fairs, he said.

John­son re­called his first visit to China in 1980, when he worked at a Cana­dian univer­sity re-es­tab­lish­ing med­i­cal ex­changes with Chi­nese hospi­tals and uni­ver­si­ties.

“Mr Pres­i­dent, it’s won­der­ful to be back in China. I feel I’m like re­turn­ing home,” he told Xi.

Premier Li Ke­qiang also held talks with John­ston on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, dur­ing which Li called on Canada to make joint ef­forts with China to send a sig­nal sup­port­ing free trade to pro­mote global eco­nomic re­cov­ery.


Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Gov­er­nor Gen­eral David John­ston of Canada wit­ness the sign­ing of co­op­er­a­tive doc­u­ments at Diaoyu­tai State Guest­house in Bei­jing on Thurs­day, Xi said the two na­tions have wide com­mon in­ter­ests.

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