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23 Feb 2011

Chinese Ambassador visits Québec City

Meeting between China’s Ambassador to Canada and Minister Gagnon-Tremblay Photo : Catherine Mercier

Québec Premier Jean Charest welcomed the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Canada, Zhang Junsai, on February 17.

In addition to Premier Charest, the Chinese Ambassador met with Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Clément Gignac, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, and Nicole Ménard, Minister of Tourism.

The meetings were a chance for the Premier and ministers to ask the Ambassador, who was appointed in December, about his goals and priorities. The People’s Republic of China will soon be opening a consulate general in Montréal.

Under the heading of the economy, the areas of innovation and investments were at the heart of the discussions, especially given Chinese government corporations’ clear intention to invest abroad in areas such as natural resources and mining.

The visit was also an opportunity to tell the Chinese Ambassador that Québec hopes to boost its relations with China in a number of areas, including:

  • trade
  • investments
  • science and technology
  • tourism
  • education and training
  • culture.

China is Québec’s number-two international trade partner. The proportion of Québec’s trade with the country rose from 2% in 2001 to 6% in 2009.

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