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Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Meets with Noel A. Kinsella, Speaker of Canada's Senate

On June 22, 2009, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, who is on an official visit to Canada, met with Noel A. Kinsella, Speaker of Canada's Senate in Ottawa.

Yang spoke highly of the substantial progress made in bilateral ties since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1970. The successful meeting between Chinese President Hu Jintao and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in July 2008 on the sidelines of the outreach session of the Group of Eight (G8) summit added more vigor in the improvement and enhancement of Sino-Canadian relations, Yang added.

Yang said China and Canada, being important nations of the Asia-Pacific region, share great potential of bilateral cooperation in every field. Both governments therefore should devote more efforts to furthering their friendly relationship so as to better tap on this potential for the interests of both peoples. China would work with Canada to handle bilateral relationship from a strategic height and long-term perspective, continuously strengthen bilateral dialogue and communications, accommodate each other's benefits and concerns and properly handle sensitive bilateral issues so as to guarantee a healthy and stable development of ties in the future, Yang said.

Kinsella agreed with Yang's comments on bilateral relations and shared Yang's calling for stronger ties while reiterating his understanding and support for the "One-China policy." He also pledged support for developing strong ties between Canada and China. He vowed to advance the good relations between the legislatures of both countries, while stressing the importance of closer communications between young people of the two countries. He also hoped that both sides will actively expand exchanges and cooperation on economy, trade, sea transport and humanities, promote personnel contacts and diversify forms of exchanges. The speaker appreciated the constructive role that China has been playing in seeking diplomatic solution of regional conflicts and praised China for deploying navy forces to the waters off the Somali coast to ensure the safe passage of ships.

Yang Jiechi arrived in Ottawa on June 21 for a two-day official visit. Following the visit, he will leave for New York, the United States, to attend the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development from June 24 to 26.

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