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Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada Hold 2nd China-Canada Prime Ministers' Annual Dialogue Chinese Premier and Canadian Prime Minister Jointly Meet the Press
2017/12/05

On the afternoon of December 4, 2017, Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada held the 2nd China-Canada Prime Ministers' Annual Dialogue at the Great Hall of the People.

Li Keqiang welcomed Justin Trudeau to visit China again. Speaking positively of the development of China-Canada relations over the past year, Li Keqiang fully affirmed the positive roles played by such mechanisms as the annual dialogue between the two prime ministers, the annual meeting of the two foreign ministers, bilateral economic and financial strategic dialogue, and bilateral high-level national security and rule of law dialogue. The two sides agreed to issue China-Canada Joint Statement on Climate Change and Clean Growth, and establish two ministerial-level dialogues between respective departments of environment and clean energy.

Li Keqiang expressed that at present, the economic globalization continues moving forward. In order to ensure sustained, sound and stable development of China-Canada relations, both sides must conform to the trend of the times, stick to mutual respect, equal treatment, mutual benefit and win-win results, and constantly expand common interests. The Chinese side is willing to, together with the Canadian side, enhance contacts, pool consensus, focus on cooperation, and properly handle differences, so as to push forward China-Canada strategic partnership for constant and new achievements.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China-Canada practical cooperation enjoys complementary advantages, foundation for mutual benefit and prospects for win-win results. China stands ready to, together with Canada, expand cooperation in two-way trade and investment, and encourage enterprises of the two countries to, on the basis of respective advantages, invest in each other and jointly explore third-party markets with cooperation. Both sides should tap cooperation potential in innovation, expand cooperation in emerging fields including clean technology, aviation and aerospace, civilian nuclear energy and agricultural science, intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and well hold China-Canada Year of Tourism in 2018. Both sides should also strengthen communication and coordination in international and regional affairs, and jointly tackle climate change and other global challenges.

Li Keqiang stressed that both as important countries in the Asia-Pacific region and major trading countries in the world, China and Canada should send out positive signals on promoting trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, which conforms to the common interests of both sides. The Chinese side is willing to make joint efforts with various countries including Canada to jointly create development opportunities and share development outcomes. China will open its door even wider to the outside world. China's business environment will get better and better, and China will continue to be a hot destination for international investments.

Justin Trudeau expressed that China's economic development achievements are admirable, and China has played an important role in international affairs. As Canada and China enjoy great potentials for exchanges and cooperation, the Canadian side stands ready to, together with China, maintain high-level exchanges, enhance economic and trade cooperation, and expand non-governmental exchanges in the spirit of mutual benefit, so as to continue bilateral friendship and achieve mutual benefit and win-win results. Canada supports free trade and actively participates in the globalization process. The country stands ready to work with China to intensify communication and coordination, and jointly advance globalization and free trade, in a bid to make contributions to global sustainable development.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

After their talks, Chinese Premier and Canadian Prime Minister jointly witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents covering education, food safety, energy and other fields.

Afterwards, Li Keqiang and Justin Trudeau jointly met the press.

Li Keqiang introduced outcomes of the dialogue, and expressed that both China and Canada agreed to advance globalization process, safeguard trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, and jointly discuss the feasibility of a China-Canada free trade agreement with a pragmatic and open attitude. Both sides will strengthen cooperation in tourism, aviation and other fields, and intensify bilateral people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China-Canada cooperation enjoys strong complementarities, great potentials and broad prospects. It is hoped that both sides could widen ways of thinking, enhance cooperation, focus on actions, share opportunities and jointly embrace challenges, so as to push China-Canada relations for constant and shiny lights in the golden era.

Justin Trudeau expressed that the Canadian side stands ready to, together with China, make good use of relevant regular mechanism dialogues, continue the exploratory discussion on bilateral comprehensive economic and trade cooperation as well as bilateral practical cooperation in various fields, and conduct closer cooperation in tackling climate change and other global challenges. Both sides should promote cooperation in tourism, education and culture, expand non-governmental exchanges, and dedicate to facilitating common development and prosperity, in a bid to foster long-term, stable and vigorous Canada-China relations.

Before the talks, Li Keqiang held a welcome ceremony for Justin Trudeau at the North Hall of the Great Hall of the People. Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Liu Xiaofeng and others were present.

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