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January 10, 2007
No. 3
The Honourable David Emerson, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the
Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics will lead two business
delegations to China from January 14 to 19, 2007. The visit will include stops in Hong 
Kong, Beijing and Shanghai.
Minister Emerson, accompanied by James Moore, Parliamentary Secretary for the
Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, will meet with Chinese officials
with a view to strengthening Canada’s overall bilateral commercial relationship with
China, signing a Science and Technology (S&T) Agreement, showcasing Canadian
expertise in certain strategic sectors and promoting Canada as the best gateway
between Asia and North America.
“Canada and China enjoy a unique relationship grounded in history, geography and
commerce,” said Minister Emerson. “As China’s remarkable economic growth and
expanding consumer base continue to change the global landscape, Canada must act
now to ensure it remains one of China’s top choices for trade and investment.”
Minister Emerson and the S&T business delegation will highlight Canadian green
energy technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells and biogas. In Hong Kong and
Shanghai, the Minister, accompanied by a delegation of Canadian businesses from the
transportation and logistical services sector, will promote the Asia-Pacific Gateway and
Corridor Initiative.
“Canada is uniquely positioned at the crossroads of the North American marketplace
and the rapidly growing economies of Asia,” said Minister Emerson. “This trip is an
opportunity to promote the Gateway to Chinese exporters and shippers, and to sell
Canada as having the best commercial routes into North America.”
During the trip, the Minister will visit the site of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic and
Paralympic Games.
He will also meet with his ministerial counterparts from the Chinese government,
including Bo Xilai, Minister of Commerce, Xu Guanhua, Minister of Science and
Technology, Li Zhao Xing, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liu Peng, Minister of Sports and
President of the Chinese Olympic Committee, Li Shenling, Minister of Communications,
Ma Kai, Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, and Wang
Xudong, Minister of Information Industry.
In Hong Kong, Minister Emerson will meet with Joseph Wong, Secretary of Commerce,
Industry and Technology, and Frederick Lam, Executive Director of the Hong Kong
Trade Development Council.
For more information, please visit the following websites:
Minister’s visit to China: www.international.gc.ca/commerce/china/menu-en.asp
Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative: www.tc.gc.ca/majorissues/apgci
Canada 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games: www.canada2010.gc.ca
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For further information, media representatives may contact:
Jennifer Chiu
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and
the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics
613-371-1557
Trade Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-996-2000
http://www.international.gc.ca

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