Mission to China: Day 2, Beijing
<div id="agrandir" style="cursor:hand;font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/" onclick="popup.open('http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/PDF/actualites/Mission_Chine_charest_Wan_2.jpg')">Click to enlarge</div> <span style="font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/">Québec Premier Jean Charest with the Minister of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China at the signing of the renewed science and technology agreement.</span>
On the second day of his mission to China, Québec Premier Jean Charest was in Beijing where he had a series of political meetings.
Premier Charest met with WAN Gang, the Minister of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China, with whom he signed the renewed science and technology agreement between China and Québec.
Under this agreement, a Québec-MOST working group has launched two requests for proposals since 2006. Of the approximately one hundred projects presented, fifteen were selected in the following areas:
- Life sciences
- Marine sciences
- Information technology
- Renewal energy
- Transportation (land and air).
The renewal of this agreement is of special significance given that it partners Québec with the central government of China in a field of strategic importance to Québec for positioning itself as an innovative society on the world scene.
Plan Nord: additional investments
Accompanied by Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade Clément Gignac and President and Chief Executive Officer of Investissement Québec Jacques Daoust, the Premier also met with the directors of the Chinese mining company, Jilin Jien Nickel Industry, one of the largest nickel producers in China, which acquired Canadian Royalties Inc. in January 2010 to exploit a nickel deposit in Northern Québec. At the end of the meeting, WU Shu, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the company confirmed that the company will invest an additional $400 million in its mining project in Nunavik.
Mr. Charest then gave a speech on the benefits of investing in the development of Northern Québec before an audience of some 300 business, finance, investment, and political leaders. This initiative to promote the Plan Nord was organized in collaboration with the Canada China Business Council.
Lastly, the Premier met with WANG Chao, the Vice Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, and LU Wei, the Vice Mayor of Beijing and Member of the Beijing Municipal Committee. The purpose of these meetings was essentially to express Québec’s keen interest in China and to raise the awareness of central government authorities concerning the enormous investment potential of Québec’s natural resource sector.