Minister Freeland to co-chair Foreign Affairs Ministers Dialogue in Beijing

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August 8, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canada’s ties with China are built on strong people-to-people connections, educational exchanges, trade and investment, governance, culture and a commitment to tackle climate change. Recognizing China’s increasingly active role in global affairs and its growing economy, the Government of Canada has made it a priority to deepen and broaden its relationship with China.

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will co-chair the second annual Canada-China Foreign Affairs Ministers Dialogue with Wang Yi, China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Beijing, China, on August 9, 2017. During her first visit to China as minister of foreign affairs, she will explore ways to further consolidate Canada-China ties and promote discussion in which the two countries’ shared—and individual—interests and concerns can be addressed, including human rights. The Minister will also meet with ambassadors from like-minded countries to discuss goals and challenges in the region.


“Canada will continue to work with China to deepen and broaden our relationship. As part of these efforts, a constructive engagement on sensitive issues, such as human rights, will—and must—be at the forefront of our discussions.”

- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick Facts

  • In fall 2016, the Prime Minister visited China and Premier Li Keqiang came to Canada. During these visits, the leaders announced 46 new bilateral initiatives in areas such as trade and investment, as well as environmental protection and climate change. 

  • Launched in June 2016, the Canada-China Foreign Affairs Ministers Dialogue is a venue for Canada to discuss current and future bilateral foreign policy issues, such as human rights, regional and global security, environment and climate change, the rule of law and legal cooperation. The dialogue, importantly, allows the two ministers to exchange views on sensitive issues, including consular cases and human rights.

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

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

  • Canadians of Chinese descent make up approximately 4.5 percent of Canada’s population.

  • Chinese students are the largest group of international students on Canadian campuses, totalling approximately 132,000 in 2016.

  • China is an important tourism market, as Canada’s third-largest source of tourists. In 2016, more than 620,000 Chinese tourists visited Canada.

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