Full text: Premier Li's signed article on The Globe and Mail

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9月21日,即将访问加拿大的中国国务院总理李克强在加拿大英文媒体《环球邮报》发表《让中加友好合作结出更多硕果》的署名文章。 [中国政府网]

9月21日,即将访问加拿大的中国国务院总理李克强在加拿大英文媒体《环球邮报》发表《让中加友好合作结出更多硕果》的署名文章。 [中国政府网]
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang publishes a signed article on Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail under the title of "China-Canada relations: A time to nurture co-operation" on Sept. 21, ahead of his visit to the country. [Photo/www.gov.cn]
9月21日,即将访问加拿大的中国国务院总理李克强在加拿大英文媒体《环球邮报》发表《让中加友好合作结出更多硕果》的署名文章,全文如下:Chinese Premier Li Keqiang published a signed article on Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail under the title of "China-Canada relations: A time to nurture co-operation" on Sept. 21, ahead of his visit to the country. The full text of the article is as follows.

中华人民共和国国务院总理 李克强

China-Canada relations: A time to nurture co-operation
Li Keqiang
Premier of the People's Republic of China

我即将访问美丽的“枫叶之国”加拿大。不久前,特鲁多总理到访中国,双方就中加关系发展达成很多共识。时隔3个星期,我应邀访问加拿大,进行两国总理首次年度对话,目的是进一步增进中加相互了解,扩大互利合作,推动中加战略伙伴关系持续向前发展。I am delighted to be coming today to Canada, the beautiful land of maples. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a visit to China, during which the two sides reached extensive common understanding on the development of China-Canada relations. My visit to Canada at a short interval of three weeks is to inaugurate the new annual dialogue between our heads of government and further promote mutual understanding and mutually beneficial co-operation between our countries to secure fresh progress for the China-Canada strategic partnership.
相知无远近,万里尚为邻。中加两国虽隔着宽广的太平洋,但两国人民心理距离很近,彼此充满友好和亲切感。早在19世纪中后期,数以万计的华工参加修筑加拿大太平洋铁路,为贯通加拿大东西大动脉、促进经济社会发展作出了贡献。上世纪30年代,白求恩大夫积极投身中国人民抗日战争事业,献出了宝贵生命。70年代,两国老一辈政治家以非凡的勇气和远见卓识,冲破重重阻力,开启了中加关系的大门,加拿大成为最早同新中国建交的西方国家之一。这些都已成为两国人民口口相传的佳话。As an ancient poem goes, distance cannot divide true friends who feel close even when thousands of miles apart. Though separated by the vast Pacific Ocean, our two peoples enjoy a deep bond of amity and goodwill. As early as the latter half of the 19th century, tens of thousands of Chinese workers came to Canada to help build the Canadian Pacific Railway, which linked the country’s east and west and contributed to Canada’s economic and social development. In the 1930s, Norman Bethune, a Canadian doctor, devoted himself to the Chinese people’s struggle against Japanese aggression and made the ultimate sacrifice. In the 1970s, defying all odds, the older generation of Chinese and Canadian leaders made the bold and visionary decision to open the door of relations between our countries, making Canada one of the first Western countries to establish diplomatic ties with New China. All these episodes remain fresh in the memory of many Chinese and Canadians.
近年来,中加跨越太平洋的握手更加有力。双方建立了总理年度对话机制,政策沟通交流更加及时、高效。中国是加拿大第二大贸易伙伴。在全球贸易额大幅下降的背景下,去年两国贸易额逆势增长。双向投资蓬勃发展,去年中国企业对加投资增长126%。两国人文交流日益频繁,目前每周约有90个航班穿梭于中加之间,去年人员往来超过130万人次。Recent years have seen more such handshakes across the Pacific. We decided to set up an annual dialogue between the Premier of China and the Prime Minister of Canada, which will make policy communication between us more timely and effective. China is Canada’s second-largest trading partner. Bucking the trend of steep decline in global trade, China-Canada trade continued to rise last year. Two-way investment has been booming, evidenced by a 126-per-cent increase in the investment by Chinese companies in Canada last year. Our people-to-people exchanges are also growing. Each week, 90 or so flights crisscross between us, making possible more than 1.3 million visits between us last year.
中加关系发展具有良好的基础和光明的前景。两国既没有历史问题纠葛,也没有重大现实利害冲突。两国处于不同的发展阶段,经济互补性很强,是天然的合作伙伴。两国都奉行多边主义,主张维护文明多样性,都是国际体系的积极参与者和建设者。当前,世界经济复苏艰难曲折,两国经济发展和经贸合作都面临新的挑战,双方的共同利益在增加,相互需求也在增加。拓展中加全方为、高水平合作,符合双方的根本利益。China-Canada relations enjoy a solid foundation and bright prospects. There are neither past grievances nor foreseeable major conflicts of interests between us. Our economies, which are at different stages of development, are highly complementary, making us natural partners of co-operation. We both uphold multilateralism and cultural diversity, and are active players and contributors in the international system. In the context of the sluggish world economic recovery, our countries face greater challenges in economic development and business co-operation, yet our converging interests and mutual need have also grown stronger. It remains in the fundamental interests of both countries to expand multidimensional and high-quality co-operation.
政治互信是中加友好合作的基石。中方赞赏加拿大新政府积极致力于发展对华关系,愿同加方着眼长远,本着相互尊重、平等相待、合作共赢的精神,发展长期健康稳定的战略伙伴关系。中方愿同加方在联合国、二十国集团、亚太经合组织等框架内加强沟通协调,向国际社会发出共同维护和平与稳定的积极信号,为推动世界经济复苏贡献力量。双方应尊重彼此重大利益关切和自主选择发展道路的权利,排除各种干扰,使中加关系这艘巨轮在正确的航道上破浪前行。Mutual trust is the cornerstone of friendly relations and co-operation between China and Canada. We appreciate the pro-active approach taken by the new Canadian government toward developing relations with China. We are ready to work with Canada to cultivate a healthy, stable and future-oriented strategic partnership in the spirit of mutual respect, equality and win-win co-operation. We will step up communication and co-ordination with Canada at the UN, G20, APEC and other fora to send a positive signal of China and Canada working together to promote world peace and stability, and contribute our share to the recovery of the world economy. The two sides should respect each other’s concerns on issues of vital interests and the right to independently choose the path of development and overcome distractions to make sure that the ship of China-Canada relations power ahead on the right course.

Economic co-operation and trade is the driving force of China-Canada relations. Currently, China-Canada trade only accounts for 1.4 per cent of China’s total foreign trade and 8.1 per cent of that of Canada. Canadian investment in China takes up less than 1 per cent of all foreign investment in China, and Chinese investment in Canada is a mere 2.7 per cent of total foreign investment in Canada. This spells out a tremendous potential to develop our trade and economic co-operation.

China is willing to open its markets wider and further increase imports of high-quality agricultural and high-tech products from Canada. We hope the feasibility study on a China-Canada free-trade area can be launched expeditiously to lay the institutional foundation for liberalized trade between the two countries. We welcome Canadian companies to make investments and do business in China to share the opportunities that come with China’s economic growth. We encourage competent Chinese companies to invest in Canada to help drive the local economy and create more jobs. It is hoped that the Canadian side will view economic relations and trade with China in an objective and rational way and work to nurture a sound policy environment and favourable public opinion for such co-operation.


People-to-people exchanges are a powerful catalyst for China-Canada friendly co-operation. Amity between the people holds the key to state-to-state relations. In recent years, people-to-people and cultural exchanges have increased between our countries, deepening the bond of friendship between our peoples. Canada has become a key destination for Chinese tourists and students, with the number of Chinese students studying in Canada reaching more than 150,000. Chinese language and culture are getting popular with Canadians and more and more young Canadians take to Chinese calligraphy and kung fu. Chinese TV programs feature well-known Canadians, and the Group of Seven is popular with many Chinese.

Following the year of cultural exchange, 2015-16, our two countries have dedicated the year 2018 as the year of tourism between China and Canada. We encourage more Chinese to visit Canada and welcome more Canadian friends to come to China and see our country. I will make use of this visit to further boost people-to-people and cultural exchange, and encourage exchanges and co-operation in issues such as education, culture, tourism, sports, women, youth and local affairs to solidify popular support for China-Canada relations.



This is the season for the fiery maple in Canada, symbolizing the prosperity of China-Canada all-round co-operation. China will work with Canada to enrich our strategic partnership and tap the potential of practical co-operation to bring more benefits to the Chinese and Canadian peoples.


(Source: The Globe and Mail)


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