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PM Trudeau Meets With China President Xi Jinping at G20 Meeting

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CRC —Xinhua Press Agency reported from Antalya, Turkey, that Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and discussed “building a long-term, healthy and stable strategic partnership with Canada on the basis of mutual respect and win-win cooperation.”

Xinhua also reported that “Canada welcomes Chinese enterprises to invest in areas such as infrastructure in Canada.”

President Xi told the recently elected Prime Minister that “Forty-five years ago, your father showed his extraordinary political foresight by making the historic decision to establish diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China. Forty five years later, the field both China and Canada should and can cooperate in is broader.”

To which Prime Minister Trudeau responded : “I celebrate as well 45 years of strong relations between Canada and China and [am] well aware we have an opportunity to set a fresh approach in our relationship right now. I know that there are many opportunities for us to work together on economic, political and cultural ties and I look forward to a very productive engagement in the coming years. I certainly hope that this is going to be an era of greater cooperation and mutual benefit for both Canada and China in the coming years.

Prime Minister Trudeau had already signified his intention to deepen Canada’s economic relations to the Asian continent in his instructions to his new Cabinet. He had also named former deputy minister Peter Harder as head of his transition team, Harder is the president of the Canada-China Business Council. Even more significant is the fact that as early as December 2014 a foreign policy team of 14 experts came together to advice future Prime Minister Trudeau. Among them were Margaret Cornish, a Beijing-based senior adviser for the law firm Bennett Jones, who has argued against special restrictions on Canadian acquisitions that apply only to Chinese state-owned companies. The advisers also include three very senior diplomats that served as Canadian Ambassadors in strategic countries under Prime Ministers Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Jean Chrétien.

Canada is expected to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and sign a free-trade agreement with China

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has invited both Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping to come to Canada on a state visit. [GGG].