Minister Fast and Party Secretary of Liaoning Province Discuss Successes and Future Potential in the Canada-China Commercial Relationship
Photo (from left to right): Zhang Jianwei, President, Bombardier China; Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada’s Ambassador to China; Minister Fast; Wang Min, Party Secretary, Liaoning Province, and Chairman, Liaoning People’s Congress; Chen Chaoying, Secretary General, Liaoning Province; Sun Dagang, Director General, Liaoning Province’s Foreign Affairs Office; Yuan Li, General Manager, AVIC Shenyang Aircraft Corp.
October 11, 2013 - Shenyang, China - The Honourable Ed Fast, International Trade Minister, meets with Wang Min, Liaoning Province Party Secretary and Chairman of the Liaoning People’s Congress, to discuss the growing commercial relationship between the province and Canada. During the meeting, Minister Fast highlighted some of the successes of Canadian companies in Liaoning that are creating jobs and prosperity in both Canada and China.
Recognizing the importance of Liaoning, the Government of Canada opened a trade office in Shenyang in 2009 to facilitate bilateral commercial cooperation. Currently, 50-some Canadian companies are active in the province in sectors such as aerospace, rail transportation, automotive and software development. The companies include Bombardier, which has supply contracts with two Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) subsidiaries—AVIC Shenyang Aircraft Corp. and AVIC SAC Commercial Aircraft Co. Ltd.—to produce fuselages for the CSeries airliner and the Q400 NextGen aircraft. Earlier today, Minister Fast visited the AVIC facilities to witness the unloading of the first CSeries airliner forward fuselage produced in China. Minister Fast’s visit with the Chinese party secretary is an example of the government’s frequent and high-level engagement in China. This is Minister Fast’s fourth visit to China since becoming trade minister and his second this year. Governor General David Johnston and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird are also visiting China this month.
China is now Canada’s second-largest two-way trading partner with the value of merchandise trade between the countries reaching $70 billion in 2012, accounting for 7.6 percent of Canada’s trade.
Minister Fast is on a week-long visit to Asia, where he participated in the APEC and TPP Ministerial Meetings and APEC Leaders and CEO Summits in Bali, and launched the Canada-ASEAN Business Forum in Singapore. This is the Minister’s 13th visit to Asia since becoming international trade minister.
For more information, see Minister Fast Visits Asia.
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Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade
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