Li Keqiang Meets with Governor General David Johnston of Canada
2017/07/13

On the afternoon of July 13, 2017, Premier Li Keqiang met at Ziguangge of Zhongnanhai with Governor General David Johnston of Canada.

Li Keqiang expressed that China-Canada relations have entered into a new stage of stable and sound development at present. President Xi Jinping held a fruitful meeting with you. China is willing to, together with Canada, intensify high-level exchanges, enhance political mutual trust, deeply tap complementary potential for cooperation in the fields including energy, mineral resource, infrastructure construction, scientific and technological innovation and small and medium-sized enterprises, and actively boost free trade negotiations, so as to jointly send out positive signals of supporting free trade and advancing the recovery of the world economy. Both countries should expand communication and cooperation in education, tourism and sports, especially winter sports, in a bid to promote China-Canada relations to comprehensively move forward and better achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.

When talking about climate change, Li Keqiang pointed out that addressing climate change is a shared responsibility of the international community. China will firmly honor its commitments on the Paris Agreement, stick to the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and implement the measures to cope with climate change. It is China's responsibility as a responsible large developing country and domestic need to transform the country's economic development pattern. China is willing to deepen cooperation in clean energy and other areas with Canada.

David Johnston pleasantly recalled his experience of visiting China for several times since the country's reform and opening-up, and appreciated China's development achievements. He expressed that currently both sides conduct close high-level exchanges, continuously achieve positive results from cooperation and enjoy a broader space for future development. Canada is willing to make joint efforts with China to well inherit bilateral friendship, enhance cooperation in such areas as scientific and technological innovation, education and addressing climate change, and jointly make the Canada-China Tourism Year in 2018 a success. Canada stands ready to support China in successfully hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

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