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President Hu Jintao Holds Important Talks with Prime Minister Paul Martin and Declares to Promote China-Canada Relations into Strategic Partnership
2005/09/10

On the morning of September 9, 2005, President Hu Jintao who was paying a state visit to Canada held talks in the Parliamentary Building of Canada with Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. The two leaders made positive comments on the smooth development of bilateral friendly cooperation and agreed to promote bilateral relations into strategic partnership so as to inject new vitality into bilateral traditional relations of friendship and cooperation with a bright prospect of development.

Created in 1867, the Parliamentary Building was located on a hill in central Ottawa. Hu was warmly welcomed by the leaders of the Canadian Senate and House of Commons upon his arrival. With the company of the leaders, Hu signed his name on the Guestbook of Honor.

Hu and Martin held talks subsequently. Martin first expressed his warm welcome to President Hu on behalf of the Canadian government and people. He stressed the rapid development of China-Canada relations has brought visible benefits to both peoples and is also conducive to regional peace and stability. Canada expects to continuously expand and deepen cooperation with China so as to make the two countries all-round strategic partners and benefit both peoples and future generations.

Hu pointed out to consolidate and develop China-Canada friendly and cooperative relations is an important part of China's foreign policy. Bilateral relations enjoy a sound foundation and are facing with precious opportunities of development. We believe to establish China-Canada strategic partnership is the call of the times and the aspiration of the people and conforms the common interests of both sides. We need to promote the all-round cooperation in a wide range of areas between the two countries so as to cover politics, economy, trade, science, technology, culture, education, health and environmental protection. We need to establish a long-term and stable mechanism for cooperation and optimize the use of existing mechanisms such as the China-Canada Strategic Working Group and the Joint Committee on Economy/Trade and Agriculture. We also need to enhance consultation and coordination on key international and regional issues with strategic significance.

When talking about the specific measures on developing China-Canada strategic partnership, Hu said we need to expand bilateral exchanges at all levels and enhance consultation and dialogue in various fields so as to enhance consensus and promote cooperation. We need to push forward long-term cooperation of mutual benefits, expand the areas for economic and trade cooperation, enhance cooperation in science, technology, environmental protection, telecommunications and finance and try to ensure bilateral trade volume to reach 30 billion US dollars. We need to further expand investment areas, innovate investment means and extend investment facilitation in line with our own realities and strengths. We can also establish long-term stable regional partnership in the area of energy and resources. We need to promote bilateral exchanges in culture, education, science, technology and talents. We should enhance communication and coordination on key international and regional issues and remain committed to maintaining peace, eradicating poverty and promoting development.

Martin said he fully agreed with Hu's suggestions. He stressed China is playing an increasingly important role in international affairs. China's rapid growth has brought huge opportunities for Canada. The Canadian government firmly upholds the one-China policy and will make joint efforts with China to continuously deepen bilateral cooperation in politics, economy, trade, science, technology, energy, resources, agriculture and international affairs so as to maintain world peace and realize common development.

Hu also briefed Martin and the ministers present at the talks on China's reform and opening up as well as its modernization drive at request, stressing China will uphold the concept of "scientific development", firmly pursue the path of peaceful development, actively promote social and economic development and continuously improve people's well beings.

Following the talks, Hu and Martin witnessed the signature of a number of bilateral cooperative agreements including the Agreement between the Government of the People's Republic China and the Government of Canada on Air Transportation, the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Railway of the People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Transportation of Canada on Issues of Cooperation in Railway and the Memorandum of Understanding between the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China and the Food Inspection Agency on Food Safety and the Health of Animals and Plants.

Following the signature, Hu and Martin co-hosted a press conference for Chinese, Canadian and international journalists. Martin commended President Hu's fruitful visit to Canada as an important event in bilateral relations. He stressed the establishment of Canada-China strategic partnership with enriched contents and profound influences is the most important achievement of President Hu's visit. Hu described the talks between them as productive and shared with the journalists the major consensuses they reached. He reiterated to develop China-Canada friendly cooperation constitutes an important part of China's foreign policy. China will work with Canada to enhance mutually beneficial cooperation, promoting common development and push forward bilateral cooperation in various fields for new achievements.

Hu and Martin also took questions from the journalists.

Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan and other officials attended the talks.

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