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12 May 2011

China’s new Consul General visits Québec City

<div id="agrandir" style="cursor:hand;font-size:0.7em;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/" onclick="popup.open('http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/PDF/actualites/Zhao_PM.jpg')">Click to enlarge</div> <span style="font-size:0.7em;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/">Québec’s Premier with China’s Consul General.</span>

Québec’s Premier, Jean Charest, hosted the new Consul General of the People's Republic of China, Jiangping Zhao, on May 10 during her official visit to Québec City.

During her visit, the first-ever Chinese Consul General in Québec also spoke to the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Clément Gignac, the Minister of Tourism, Nicole Ménard and the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Line Beauchamp.

This visit followed the announcement in December 2009 that a consulate general would be opened in Montréal in order to increase the consular services offered by China in eastern Canada. This news was met with great enthusiasm, as Québec has enjoyed sustained relations with China for several decades, particularly in the areas of commerce, investment, education, research and innovation, culture and more recently, tourism.

These discussions allowed Québec’s Premier and ministers to inquire about the objectives and priorities of the Consul General, as well as the scope of her mission. On the topic of economics, Premier Charest personally presented the outline of Québec’s northern plan, known as the Plan nord, to Consul General Zhao. Innovation and investment were at the centre of discussions, mainly because Chinese government corporations have made known their intentions to invest abroad, especially in natural resources and mines.

China is the 5th destination for Québec’s exports. Exports rose from $328 million in 2000 to $1.127 million in 2009, which is an average annual growth rate of 14.7%.

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