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Li Keqiang Holds Talks with Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, Stressing to Deepen Political Mutual Trust, Tap Potential for Cooperation and Uplift China-Canada Relations and Cooperation to Higher Level

In the afternoon of November 8, 2014, Premier Li Keqiang held talks with Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada at the Great Hall of the People.

Le Keqiang first extended sympathy for the terrorist attack last month in Canada which caused death of the Canadian soldier. Stephen Harper expressed his gratitude for the sympathy extended by Li Keqiang.

Li Keqiang expressed that China-Canada relations have made substantial progress in recent years. During Stephen Harper's visit this time, China and Canada decided to strengthen communication and exchanges between the leaders of the two countries, and establish mechanisms of annual dialogue between foreign ministers and dialogue on economic and financial strategy, an indication of the strategic significance and high-level of China-Canada relations. China is willing to, together with Canada, deepen political mutual trust, explore cooperation potentials and properly resolve disputes to continuously raise the level of bilateral relations and cooperation.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China welcomes Canada's completion of the ratification process of the China-Canada Investment Protection Agreement and hopes that the two sides could expand trade and investment volume, make efforts to achieve the goal of increasing bilateral trade volume to 100 billion USD by 2020, and create a favorable environment for the enterprises to enter each other's market. The two sides should also deepen cooperation in energy and resources, expand cooperation in the financial field, push forward the establishment of the offshore RMB trading center in Toronto and support banks of the two countries to develop business in each other's country on the basis of the currency swap agreement signed by both sides this time and the 50 billion yuan of Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (QFII) investment quota granted by China to Canada. The two countries should also expand cooperation in high-tech and high-end manufacturing fields such as bio-pharmaceutical, new material and modern agricultural sectors, intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges and make the China-Canada culture exchange year in 2015 and 2016 a success. China hopes that Canada could provide more convenience in granting visas to Chinese people and other areas.

Stephen Harper expressed that China is an important cooperative partner of Canada and a sound development of bilateral relationship will bring benefits to both sides. Canada is committed itself to deepening the all-round friendly Canada-China relationship, and stands ready to expand mutually beneficial cooperation in such fields as trade, investment, science and technology, energy, finance, education and tourism. He expressed his belief that under the joint efforts of China and all other parties attending the meeting, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Beijing will surely yield fruitful results and promote the development and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional topics of common interest.

Prior to the talks, Li Keqiang held a welcoming ceremony at the North Hall of the Great Hall of the People to greet Stephen Harper for his visit to China. Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Wang Qinmin and others were present.

After the talks, the Chinese Premier and Canadian Prime Minister jointly witnessed the signing of China-Canada cooperative documents covering economy, trade, energy, finance, aviation and other fields.

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