Bei­jing and Ot­tawa build co­op­er­a­tion Both na­tions hope to work to­ward jointly fight­ing in­ter­na­tional crime

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By WANG QINGYUN wangqingyun@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

China hopes to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion with Canada in the ar­eas of anti-cor­rup­tion and law en­force­ment with the aim of jointly com­bat­ing in­ter­na­tional crimes, For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi said when meeting Canadian For­eign Min­is­ter Chrys­tia Free­land in Bei­jing on Wed­nes­day.

Mak­ing the re­mark dur­ing the sec­ond an­nual China-Canada for­eign min­is­ters meeting, Wang also said China hopes to work with Canada to cre­ate “a new golden time” of bi­lat­eral ties.

The fact that Canadian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and Premier Li Ke­qiang ex­changed vis­its within a month showed the two coun­tries’ “ur­gent wish” to deepen co­op­er­a­tion, Wang said.

Free­land said the ties are “a pri­or­ity re­la­tion­ship for Canada”, and that “Cana­di­ans in gen­eral are proud of our long his­tory of an in­de­pen­dent and par­tic­u­lar re­la­tion­ship with China”.

Wang said, among other things, that China and Canada should main­tain high-level ex­changes and ex­changes at other var­i­ous lev­els, pro­mote the con­struc­tion of a Chi­naCanada free trade zone and ex­pand anti-cor­rup­tion and law en­force­ment co­op­er­a­tion.

Free­land said Canada hopes to ac­tively discuss the launch of ne­go­ti­a­tion of the free trade agree­ment be­tween the two coun­tries and that Canada sticks to the one-China pol­icy and un­der­stands China’s po­si­tion and concerns on is­sues re­gard­ing Taiwan and Ti­bet.

Wang held the first Chi­naCanada for­eign min­is­ters meeting in June 2016 with for­mer Canadian for­eign min­is­ter Stephane Dion in Ot­tawa.

The visit start­ing in Au­gust last year by Trudeau, son of for­mer Canadian prime min­is­ter Pierre Trudeau, who es­tab­lished Canada’s di­plo­matic re­la­tions with China in 1970, was re­garded as im­por­tant in terms of turn­ing a new page for bi­lat­eral ties.

Trudeau’s visit was fol­lowed by Li’s visit to Canada in Septem­ber.

Dur­ing Li’s visit, the two coun­tries is­sued a joint state­ment say­ing they agreed to ex­pand bi­lat­eral trade and strengthen co­op­er­a­tion in fields in­clud­ing agri­cul­ture and en­ergy.

The two sides also signed a num­ber of co­op­er­a­tion doc­u­ments, in­clud­ing one on shar­ing and re­turn of for­feited as­sets.

Li Haidong, pro­fes­sor of the In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions at the China For­eign Af­fairs Univer­sity, said the two coun­tries have great po­ten­tial in co­op­er­a­tion in fields in­clud­ing trade, en­ergy and fugi­tive repa­tri­a­tion and as­set re­cov­ery

he mech­a­nism of the two coun­tries for­eign min­is­ters meeting is “an im­por­tant chan­nel” for them to com­mu­ni­cate, im­prove trust, and co­or­di­nate and co­op­er­ate to ad­dress is­sues they care about, the pro­fes­sor said.

The Trudeau gov­ern­ment has shifted Canada’s pri­or­ity of for­eign re­la­tions from North Amer­ica to the Asi­aPa­cific and China, and the two coun­tries need each other more ur­gently than ever, the pro­fes­sor said.

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