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Xi Jinping Meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada

On December 5, 2017, President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.

Xi Jinping welcomed Justin Trudeau to visit China again. Xi Jinping pointed out that the maintenance of close exchanges between Chinese and Canadian leaders has played an important leading role in the development of bilateral relations. China and Canada share high complementarity with respective advantages, and enjoy great cooperation potential. It is hoped that both sides will expand their way of thinking, and take active measures to push bilateral relations for more tangible results.

Xi Jinping stressed that enhancing political mutual trust is the prerequisite to the stable development of state-to-state relations. A country's development path could only be decided by its own people. China and Canada, though having different political systems, could respect each other, seek common ground while reserving differences, strengthen cooperation and expand exchanges to bring greater benefits to the people of both countries.

Xi Jinping noted that China and Canada should expand practical cooperation, fully tap cooperation potential and create more cooperation highlights in such areas as energy resources, scientific and technological innovation, aviation transportation, financial service, modern agriculture and clean technology. China is willing to continue supporting capable Chinese enterprises in investing in Canada and also welcomes Canadian enterprises to take an active part in the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative. The two peoples share a profound traditional friendship. Both sides should cement exchanges and cooperation in the fields of education, culture, tourism and sports, so that China-Canada friendship will be better rooted in the hearts of the two peoples. The two countries need to well hold the China-Canada Year of Tourism in 2018, and China is willing to learn from Canada's advanced experience during the preparation process of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Both sides should also strengthen coordination and cooperation in climate change and other key areas as well as within multilateral frameworks so as to constantly enrich the connotation of China-Canada strategic partnership.

Justin Trudeau said he agrees with President Xi Jinping's comments on Canada-China relations. Canada and China enjoy a long-standing friendship. In recent years, bilateral cooperation has maintained a robust development momentum, bringing practical benefits to both peoples and also sending positive signals to the international community. Canada is committed to deepening its relations with China on the basis of mutual respect and mutual trust, boosting exchanges and cooperation in various fields such as economy, trade and people-to-people and cultural engagement between the two countries as well as intensifying communication and coordination on major global and regional issues.

Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee Ding Xuexiang, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and State Councilor Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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