Minister Fast Leads Trade Mission to China

Ten-day, five-city trade mission to boost Canada’s exports in the Asia-Pacific region to create jobs and opportunities for hard-working Canadians

May 16, 2014 - Qingdao, China - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today kicked off his visit to China in Qingdao, where he will advance Canada’s economic interests during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers Responsible for Trade meeting on May 17 and 18.

Minister Fast will then lead a trade mission to Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The mission will focus on sustainable technologies, a priority sector under Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, and support representatives from Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises looking to export to China.

Quick Facts

  • China is Canada’s second-largest merchandise trading partner, with two-way merchandise trade totalling $73.2 billion in 2013, an increase of 4.5 percent over 2012.
  • Merchandise trade exports to China reached nearly $20.5 billion in 2013, nearly doubling over the past five years.
  • In 2011, the sustainable technologies sector supported 52,600 direct jobs and contributed $10.6 billion to the Canadian economy.
  • This will be Minister Fast’s fifth visit to China since becoming trade minister.


“Sector-focused trade missions are part of our government’s plan to support Canadian workers and businesses and help our small and medium-sized enterprises explore new opportunities to export. Deepening Canada’s trade and investment ties in large, dynamic and fast-growing economies in the Asia-Pacific region will lead to job creation and opportunities, growth and long-term prosperity here at home.”

Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade

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