In recent years, China and Canada have maintained high-level exchanges, and the relations between the two countries have been rapidly developing. The bilateral trade volume and the total investment continued to grow increasingly, closer exchanges in cultural, educational, scientific and technological fields, the countries’ coordination and cooperation in international and regional issues have been expanded and deepened.
On February 8th, Premier Wen Jiabao held a welcome ceremony for Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper's visit to China at the People’s Congress Hall in Beijing. President Hu Jintao met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the afternoon of February 9th.
President Hu said that since the establishment of diplomatic relations in the 1970s, China and Canada’s relationship keeps moving forward. Especially in the new century, the two countries decided to establish and develop the strategic partnership for further promoting the current relationship. It has been proved that China and Canada’s friendship serves the fundamental interests of the people in both countries. There are great potentials and broad prospects for both countries and the people.
He continued that China and Canada shall be keep the principles and directions of the China and Canada Joint Statement to further strengthen political dialogue and exchanges system and enhance mutual understanding and consensus.
Harper said that in recent years, the cooperation between China and Canada is constantly expanding in various fields, which effectively promoted the bilateral relations developing in many positive aspects. The consensus between the two countries on many major issues is getting more and more united, and the common interest is in expansion. Canada is committed to develop Canada-China strategic partnership based on the mutual respect and common interests. We hope to keep high-level exchanges and political dialogue with China to deepen mutual understanding and expand cooperation in economic activities and bilateral trade in energy, investment and other sectors as well as encourage cultural exchanges in civil level. Canada is also willing to strengthen consultation and cooperation with China on global and regional issues and jointly protect and maintain world peace and stability to promote better global economic governance.
Chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress Mr. Wu Bangguo and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper respectively. After the meetings, the two premiers attended the signing ceremony together for a few bilateral cooperative documents.
Prime Minister Harper attended the Canada-China Business Forum and the signing ceremony in Beijing on the 9th, and then he visited Guangzhou and Chongqing respectively on 10th and 11th to meet with Guangdong provincial minister Mr. Wang Yang and Chongqing Municipal Secretary General Mr. Bo Xilai.
Mr. Wang Yang extended a warm welcome to Prime Minister Harper's visit to Guangdong on behalf of Guangdong Provincial Party Committee and Provincial Government. He also expressed sincerely gratitude to the Canadian government attaches great importance to development of exchanges and cooperation with Guangdong province.
Mr. Bo Xilai welcomed the Prime Minister Harper to visit Chongqing and expressed his willingness to cooperate with Canada. He said that we would seriously consider the proposals to invest in Canada. In Chongqing Wolong Panda Nature Reserve, Harper also announced the news that two panda bears as the "Chinese Friendship Envoys" will be brought and lived in Toronto Zoo.
Currently, the Canada-China strategic partnership relations have a strong momentum for development. Excellent cooperation and collaboration in various fields continue to strengthen the bilateral relationships. Canada and China’s relationship is built on the basis of mutual respect, and it is a long-term and strategic relationship, also has a promising future ahead.