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Beijing, Ottawa trigger annual Premier-PM dialogue mechanism

Updated: Sep 24,2016 7:28 AM

In Canada, Premier Li Keqiang has held talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other Canadian senior officials.

The two countries have agreed to initiate an annual dialogue mechanism between the Premier and Canadian Prime Minister, starting this year.

Premier Li said China is willing to strengthen exchanges with Canada at all levels. Premier Li also said both countries can benefit from closer trade relations.

Trudeau welcomes Premier Li’s visit and the new dialogue mechanism. He said his country is willing to further expand its cooperation with China.

It was a meeting of familiar faces. Premier Li Keqiang saw Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in China just last month. And as they did then, the two got down to business.

Specifically, the issue of trade. China is Canada’s second biggest trading partner, worth around $50 billion. Trudeau said he and Premier Li agreed on Sept 22 to try to double that number by 2025.

Trudeau said, “We are pleased to have witnessed the commercial signings today that will help achieve this goal. We know that there’s a huge amount of untapped potential in our commercial relationship.”

“This new trade target will benefit Canadian workers and business owners, while creating new, well-paying jobs.”