Minister Yelich Highlights Deepening Commercial Ties with China

February 27, 2014 - The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), today concluded a four-day visit to Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Beijing, China, where she engaged with government and business leaders to help position Canada as a partner of choice for trade and investment and to highlight the strong and growing ties between Canada and China. The visit—the Minister’s first to China—took place from February 23 to 27, 2014.

“Deepening Canada’s trade and investment with China is key—even more so now that China is our second-largest trading partner and Hong Kong our sixth-largest,” said Minister Yelich. “Whether we are talking about business, education, culture or innovation, with over 1.5 million Canadians of Chinese descent, we value the strong people-to-people ties Canada enjoys with China and Hong Kong.”

During her visit, Minister Yelich:

Minister Yelich also met with Canadians who are living and working in Hong Kong and China to discuss their role in increasing trade, improving educational services and enhancing people-to-people ties. She reiterated the Government of Canada’s commitment to offering Canadian citizens in China a full range of effective and efficient consular services through the embassy in Beijing and consulates general in Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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