China-Canada re­port re­leased at con­fer­ence

Global Times - Weekend - - NATION - By Shan Jie in Kun­ming

The Blue Book of Canada was re­leased at a con­fer­ence held in Kun­ming, cap­i­tal of South­west China’s Yun­nan Prov­ince on Fri­day, urg­ing the two coun­tries to seek break­throughs on free trade and ex­tra­di­tion is­sues.

With the theme “Si­noCana­dian strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion the Belt and Road ini­tia­tive,” the 17th Bian­nual Con­fer­ence of the As­so­ci­a­tion for Cana­dian Stud­ies in China pro­duced the book en­ti­tled An An­nual Re­port on the De­vel­op­ment of Canada (2017).

Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau sent a con­grat­u­la­tory let­ter to the con­fer­ence.

The re­port, pub­lished by the Cen­ter for Cana­dian Stud­ies at Guang­dong Univer­sity of For­eign Stud­ies, As­so­ci­a­tion for Cana­dian Stud­ies in China and So­cial Sciences Aca­demic Press (China), noted new heights in Sino-Cana­dian re­la­tions marked by meet­ings be­tween Chinese Premier Li Ke­qiang and Trudeau in 2016.

In Au­gust 2016 dur­ing his visit to Bei­jing, Trudeau said he was “ready to keep and strengthen the strong friend­ship” be­tween Canada and China, the Xin­hua News Agency re­ported on Fri­day.

Canada has mean­while ap­plied to join the Asian In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Bank and started ex­ploratory ne­go­ti­a­tions on freer trade with China.

In re­sponse, China has urged Canada to open up chan­nels to out­side in­vest­ment and be pre­pared to sign an ex­tra­di­tion agree­ment.

Canada’s at­ti­tude to­ward China has evolved with wors­en­ing US-Canada ties un­der US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, the re­port’s au­thors be­lieved.

“The shared in­ter­ests be­tween China and Canada re­quires us to deepen the re­la­tion­ship, which calls for the lead­ers from the two coun­tries to find a firmer ba­sis to strengthen the trust,” it read.

The re­port also sug­gested meth­ods by which Canada might play a lead­ing role in global gov­er­nance and im­prove its re­la­tions with the United Na­tions.

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