Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a visit to China next week. During the trip, the Prime Minister will meet with Chinese government and business leaders to build on the progress made since Trudeau’s first official visit to China in September 2016.
Trudeau will promote a progressive trade agenda and tourism initiatives that will create good, middle class jobs and more opportunities for people in both countries.
“A closer relationship also means more opportunity to hold regular, frank dialogue on human rights issues like good governance, freedom of speech, and the rule of law” Trudeau said. He will also highlight the considerable potential for Canada and China to strengthen their cooperation on climate action, and lead the global effort to combat climate change.
Prime Minister Trudeau will begin his visit in Beijing where he will be officially welcomed at the Great Hall of the People and meet with His Excellency Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. He will also meet with His Excellency, Chairman Zhang Dejiang of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, and His Excellency, President Xi Jinping of China.
The visit is considered by some to be a potential precursor to talks on a Canada-China free-trade deal. Canadian merchandise exports to China were valued at $21 billion in 2016.