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Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao has met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor-General Michaelle Jean in Ottawa. It's part of his state visit to Canada in the lead-up to this weekend's G20 summit. The two sides pledged to strengthen cooperation, enhance mutual trust and further develop strategic partnerships.
Speaking at a banquet hosted in his honor by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, President Hu Jintao said the growing China-Canada relationship has brought concrete benefits to the people of both countries, and contributed significantly to peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
During his talks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, President Hu Jintao put forward proposals for further advancing Sino-Canadian relations.
He hopes the two countries will increase contact at all levels and expand practical cooperation, including raising their trade volume, and encouraging reciprocal investment.
He said the two sides should deepen co-operation on energy and resources by establishing a long-term, stable partnership to facilitate investment by companies from both countries.
He also called on both countries to promote exchanges in the areas of culture, education, sports and youth so as to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.
Harper said bilateral relations have great potential for further growth. He promised to push for new progress in the two countries' strategic work panel.
The two leaders also exchanged views on the upcoming G20 summit. After the talks, they witnessed the signing of cooperation documents, including an agreement to designate Canada as an overseas travel destination for Chinese citizens.
Before his meeting with the Canadian prime minister, President Hu Jintao attended a welcoming ceremony held in his honor by the Canadian Governor-General Michaelle Jean.
After the ceremony, the two leaders met to discuss the development of relations between the two countries.
Hu Jintao said China will work with Canada to expand cooperation in a wide range of areas, including economy, trade, energy, natural resources, science, technology, education, culture and health.
Governor-General Jean said President Hu Jintao's Canadian tour is meaningful as this year marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Canada regards China as a friend and important partner.
She also expressed excitement about attending the Canada's Pavilion Day event at the Shanghai World Expo next month. It will be the first time for the Governor-General and her family to visit China.