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28 Jun 2011

Premier Charest participates in the opening of the Consulate General of China

<div id="agrandir" style="cursor:hand;font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/" onclick="popup.open('http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/PDF/actualites/Charest_Consulat_Chine_3.jpg')">Click to enlarge</div> <span style="font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/">Left to right: The Consul General of the People's Republic of China, the Premier of Québec, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of China and the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China.</span>

Premier Jean Charest delivered a speech at the official opening of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Montréal on June 22. He took the opportunity to speak with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, SONG Tao.

Also attending the ceremony were the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China, ZHANG Junsai, the Consul General of the People's Republic of China, ZHAO Jiangping, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Deepak Obhrai, and the Mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay.

The opening of the Consulate General of China in Montréal demonstrates the vitality of relations between Québec and China and is intended to increase consular services offered by China in the eastern part of the country. Québec has maintained ongoing relations with China for over thirty years, especially in the areas of trade, investment, education, research and innovation, culture and, more recently, tourism.

Québec is seeking to derive greater benefits from China’s economic growth. An economic mission led by Premier Charest is also scheduled for next fall. China currently represents Québec’s second largest trading partner worldwide.

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