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No. H 100/09
For release - July 12, 2009

OTTAWA, ON — Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, John Baird, today announced that he is travelling to China this week for a series of meetings with Chinese government officials and members of the Chinese and Canadian business community. The Minister's visit is aimed at enhancing the relationship between Canada and China, fostering cooperation in the transportation sector and seeing what lessons Canada might learn from China's ambitious infrastructure renewal and expansion programs.

"China and Canada are positioned to yield great business opportunities today and in years to come," said Baird. "And as part of Canada's plan to emerge strong from the global recession, we are taking the opportunity to strengthen our trade and transport ties with a true economic powerhouse."

Baird added that the emergence of a massive middle-class in China has boosted opportunities for travel and trade between our two countries.

Canada's commitment to improving infrastructure and reducing trade barriers is a key element of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, which is positioning Canada as a gateway of choice for facilitating global supply chains between North America and Asia.

"Canada is a major player when it comes to transportation, infrastructure development and logistics and I want to personally convey to our Chinese partners that Canada is ready to boost investment in and increase travel from China", said Baird.

While in China, the Minister will meet with senior Chinese officials and members of the business community in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Chris Day
Press Secretary
Office of Canada's Transport Minister,
John Baird, Ottawa
613–991–0700

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613–993–0055

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