Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of International Trade to attend Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing

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May 12, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Expanding trade with large, fast-growing markets like China is important for Canadians and to help grow the middle class. As the world’s second-largest economy, China presents many new opportunities for increased trade in goods and services. This will create new opportunities for Canadian businesses and lead to more good-paying jobs for Canada’s middle class.

Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, today announced that she will be in Beijing, China, May 14 and 15, to represent Canada at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. This forum provides Canada an opportunity to discuss cooperation in key areas such as infrastructure connectivity, trade, investment, financial support and people-to-people exchanges throughout the Asia-Pacific region. On the sidelines of the conference she will seek to identify opportunities for Canadian businesses to take part in infrastructure investments in the region.

Education is a key pillar of Canada-China bilateral relationship. While in Beijing, the Parliamentary Secretary will visit the Canadian International School of Beijing, to speak with students about international education experience and promote Canada as a destination of choice for Chinese students. She will also participate in a round table with education sector stakeholders in Beijing to highlight the value of long-term Canada-China education programs.

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“Canada is a strong and valuable trading partner We are well positioned to leverage global opportunities that will lead to jobs and growth for Canada’s middle class..”

- Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade

Quick Facts

  • Canada’s bilateral trade with China reached a value of $85 billion in 2016, and Canada and China’s two-way foreign direct investment reached $34.7 billion at the end of 2016.

  • Canada’s merchandise exports to China in 2016 were worth $21 billion, up 4% since 2015, with the top exports being forest products, agricultural products, ores and motor vehicles.

  • People of Chinese descent make up approximately 4.5% of Canada’s population.

  • China is an important source of international students: approximately 120,000 Chinese students currently study in Canada, more than the number of international students from any other country.

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