BEIJING, Sept. 14, 2012 /CNW/ -The Premiers of Nova Scotia, New
Brunswick, Manitoba, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island,
Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northwest Territories and Yukon met with senior
Chinese political leaders and senior business leaders in Beijing as
part of the Council of the Federation mission to China, taking place
September 10 to 20, 2012.
Premiers met with Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Qishan who serves under
Premier Wen Jiabao in the State Council of the People's Republic of
China. During the meeting, Premiers discussed their ambitious trade and
investment agendas in which Chinese markets play a key role.
Premiers also met with Chen Deming, China's Minister of Commerce.
During the meeting, Premiers discussed Canada's relationship with China
with $65 billion worth of trade in 2010 and $15.4 billion worth of
two-way investment. Canada's provinces and territories play an
important role in developing and maintaining this economic
relationship. Premiers also discussed numerous opportunities to expand
investment, given the conclusion of the Canada-China Foreign Investment
and Protection Agreement negotiations.
In addition, Premiers met with Li Fanrong, CEO of China National
Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and Fang Zhi, President, CNOOC
International Ltd. The meeting focussed on the leadership role of
Canadian provinces and territories in natural resources trade and
Premiers also had productive meetings with Huang Danhua, Vice-Chairwoman
of the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Committee
(SASAC) and Zhang Xiaoqiang, Vice-Minister and Deputy Chairman of the
National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
"These meetings with senior Chinese leaders were extremely useful and
key to the Premiers' goal of building and deepening productive
relationships between provincial/territorial governments and
counterparts in China," said Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter, Chair
of the Council of the Federation.
While in Beijing, Premiers also participated in events organized by the
Canada China Business Council, the Canadian Tourism Commission and the
Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.
Premiers are leading a delegation of 110 business and institutional
leaders on the mission. Premiers and delegates will proceed to
Shanghai on September 15 and to Hong Kong on September 19. The Council
of the Federation mission ends on September 20.
The Council of the Federation comprises all thirteen provincial and
territorial Premiers. It enables Premiers to work collaboratively to
strengthen the Canadian federation by fostering a constructive
relationship among the provinces and territories and with the federal
Image with caption: "Official Photo: 2012 Council of the Federation Mission to China. (CNW Group/Council of the Federation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120914_C6607_PHOTO_EN_17877.jpg
SOURCE: Council of the Federation
For further information:
Office of the Premier of Nova Scotia
Lindsay de Leeuw
Council of the Federation Secretariat