July 9, 2012 - Hong Kong - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today met with the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, C.Y. Leung. This was the first meeting between Baird and the newly appointed chief executive. Their discussion was particularly positive and the two reinforced the unique and strong ties that exist between Canada and Hong Kong.
Pointing to the fact that Hong Kong boasts one of the largest Canadian communities abroad, estimated at close to 300,000, Minister Baird emphasized that “Canada and Hong Kong enjoy a long-standing partnership based on strong people-to-people and commercial ties as well as a shared Commonwealth heritage. It is our intention to work closely with Mr. Leung’s administration to further this strong collaboration.”
Baird also highlighted Canada’s strong interest in and commitment to expanding Canada’s economic relationships with emerging markets in Asia, and leveraging Hong Kong’s position as an effective platform for Canadian companies looking to expand in China and elsewhere in Asia.
“The Chief Executive and I agreed that deepening our trade and investment ties would bring prosperity-generating benefits to both Canadians and residents of Hong Kong. To achieve this, Canada seeks to build on our existing relationship by capitalizing on our shared heritage and strong commitment to good governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights.”
This meeting is part of Baird’s Southeast Asia tour, which aims to enhance bilateral relations and advance Canada’s prosperity agenda.