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Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister visits China

July 8, 2013

July 3, 2013 - Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird visited China last week as part of Asia-Pacific tour designed to expand Canadian ties in the region and “diversify Canadian trade relations”. 

 

According to reports issued by the Government of China and the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, Minister Baird held a three hour meeting with his counterpart, recently-appointed Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.  The two are said to have discussed their “trade and investment relationship, human rights and governance.” Chinese media reported that during the meeting Minister Baird re-affirmed Canada’s commitment to a “one-China policy”.

While in China, Minister Baird also met with Gao Xiqing, Vice-Chairman and President of China Investment Corporation, members of the Canada-China Business Council, and with Wang Yilin, Chairman of China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC).

 

The Minister’s visit ended abruptly leaving China several days ahead of schedule.  No official explanation was given for the change of plans but observers cite a Cabinet shuffle announcement expected this week.  The Wall Street Journal reported that Minister Baird denied his departure had anything to do with a problem in the Canada-China relationship. 

 

 

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