Minister Morneau and Minister Champagne Attend Launch of Canada-China Economic and Financial Strategic Dialogue in Beijing

April 25, 2017 – Beijing, China – Department of Finance Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening its relationship with China in a manner that encourages trade, promotes investment, and deepens mutual understanding of each country's economy with the goal of supporting growth and prosperity.

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and Minister of International Trade François-Philippe Champagne are in Beijing today to co-chair the launch of the Canada-China Economic and Financial Strategic Dialogue with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang.

This high-level Dialogue was announced following official visits of the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, to China and of His Excellency Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, to Canada.

Today's Dialogue meeting will allow both countries to identify the long-term strategic objectives that will help move the economic and financial partnership to the next level. This first meeting will also serve as an opportunity to highlight priorities and areas of shared interest, including those related to trade and investment, as well as policy collaboration.

In addition to the launch of the Dialogue, Ministers Morneau and Champagne are in China to meet with government and business leaders to discuss ways to expand Canada's bilateral relationship with China, and to help forge connections between Canadian and Chinese business communities.

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"A strong economic relationship with China means more opportunities for middle class Canadians to succeed and prosper. The Government of Canada believes that working together on priorities like trade and investment, and sharing important lessons in areas like the financial sector, can help bring stronger growth to citizens in both our countries. I look forward to developing a strong Economic and Financial Strategic Dialogue in the coming months and years."

- Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

"There is tremendous potential for the Canada-China relationship and for the range of sectors that could gain from mutually beneficial trade between our countries. Canada has incredible, inspiring and innovative entrepreneurs who have already seized existing opportunities and are making them a success, creating valuable jobs for the middle class. We will continue to engage with China based on mutual respect and with our interests at heart. It is imperative we look for sustainable ways to enhance the future prosperity of our current and future generations. I am grateful for this opportunity to meet my Chinese counterparts, and to build on our shared history of collaboration, cooperation and endeavour."

- François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade

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