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31 Aug 2011

Mission to Chine: Québec consolidates relations with Shandong

<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/Charest_mgt_chine_entente_2.jpg')">Click to enlarge</div> <span style="font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/">The Premier and Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, with the representatives of Université du Québec à Rimouski and the Ocean University of China.</span>

After a three-day stopover in Beijing, Québec Premier Jean Charest arrived in Jinan, the capital of Shandong and the third largest economic powerhouse in China.

Québec-Shandong cooperation

In Jinan, Mr. Charest was received by Jiang Yikang, the Secretary of the CPC Shandong provincial committee, and Jiang Daming, the Governor of Shandong, the main political leaders of this province. The meeting with Governor Jiang was an occasion to renew a science and technology cooperation agreement. Reached in 2006 between the Government of Québec and the Government of Shandong, the agreement was aimed at providing support for exchanges between institutes of higher learning, research institutes, public and private organizations, and companies.

The Premier also witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement between Université du Québec à Rimouski, through its maritime sciences institute (ISMER), and the Ocean University of China that will facilitate the development of joint research projects and PhD student exchange programs in the maritime sciences sector.

Québec’s mining potential presented to a Chinese audience

Mr. Charest gave a warmly received speech on the attractiveness of the Plan Nord for major investors, researchers, and companies in Shandong. The seminar was organized at the request of Shandong political and economic leaders.

The visit by the Premier of Québec to Jinan was also the occasion for a meeting of the Québec-Shandong Working Group. This meeting between governmental partners was aimed at stimulating and supporting the creation of partnerships between Québec and Shandong in the following sectors:

  • Economy
  • Trade
  • Culture
  • Tourism
  • Education
  • Science and technology.

Lastly, in the presence of the Governor of Shandong, the Premier unveiled a work of art by Montréal artist Linda Covit in a city park. This gift from Québec to the people of Shandong underlines the deep ties that have developed since 2002 through the multilateral forum of the Partner Regions and the bilateral cooperation between Québec and Shandong in a wide range of areas such as the economy, science and technology, education, training, and tourism. In 2008, Shandong presented Québec with a bronze statue of Confucius as an expression of the friendship the people of Shandong feel toward the people of Québec.
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