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2 Sep 2011

Québec makes significant progress in China

<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_shanghai_2.jpg')">Click to enlarge</div> <span style="font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/">During his mission to China, the Premier addressed the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.</span>

Now that his mission to China has come to a close, Québec Premier Jean Charest considers that major progress was made as a result of the partnerships and contacts established within the past few days.

Québec-Shanghai cooperation

Mr. Charest and his Chinese counterpart, Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng, signed a comprehensive Québec-Shanghai cooperation agreement to facilitate interaction with this key partner. The agreement will provide a framework for existing and future agreements between Québec and the city of Shanghai in various areas of collaboration. Another outcome of the meeting was the renewal of the existing cooperation agreement between Québec and the Shanghai Science and Technology Commission (STC).

Stemming from the Québec Research and Innovation Strategy (2010-2013), which designates China as a priority location, the agreements primarily target the following cooperation sectors:

  • health
  • genomics
  • biotechnologies
  • information and communication technologies
  • the environment and sustainable development
  • renewable energies and marine science.

A productive mission for Québec businesses

Premier Charest, who was accompanied by the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Clément Gignac, and the Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, also took part in agreement signings and partnership announcements between the following six Québec-based companies and organizations and their Chinese partners:

  • Norduyn
  • Elasto Proxy
  • ICAM Technologies
  • IFCS
  • Polytechnique
  • Bar of Montréal.

Several of the approximately 50 companies and institutions accompanying the Premier closed deals with their Chinese partners. For many others, discussions held during the mission could yield results in the coming months.

A relationship that should be further strengthened

On the political front, the Premier had an opportunity to meet with Chinese decision-makers to forge institutional ties in sectors of common interest and facilitate the access of Québec companies to the immense Chinese market. The Premier met with a number of officials, including:

  • the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yang Jiechi
  • the Minister of Science and Technology, Wan Gang
  • the Vice Minister of Commerce, Wang Chao
  • the Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Shandong, Jiang Yikang
  • the Governor of Shandong, Jiang Daming.

“Québec signed its first agreement with the Central Government of China over thirty years ago. Since then, our relations have steadily grown and strengthened. The equation is simple: Québec, with its abundant natural resources and knowledge-based economy, is turning to China, whose astounding economic growth has resulted in a strong demand for resources, expertise and partnerships. These agreements will help facilitate our interaction and create the partnerships needed to establish lasting relations that benefit both our nations,” said Mr. Charest.
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