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27 Dec 2011

Minister Gagnon-Tremblay meets with the Consul General of 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/Zhao_recadre_500.jpg')">Click to enlarge</div> <span style="font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/">Minister Monique Gagnon-Tremblay with the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, Jiangping Zhao.</span>

Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie Monique Gagnon-Tremblay recently met with Jiangping Zhao, the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China posted in Montréal.

The meeting centered primarily on what should be done in terms of follow-ups to Québec Premier Jean Charest’s recent mission to China. As a result of the discussions, it was decided that a planning committee would be formed to ensure the effectiveness of Québec’s follow-up visits and missions to China. Minister Gagnon-Tremblay also reiterated her wish to see concrete outcomes from the various cooperation agreements between Québec and China.

Concerning cultural exchanges, Ms. Zhao took the opportunity to invite the Minister to a performance by a troupe of Chinese artists who will be making their first-ever appearance at Québec City’s Grand Théâtre on February 1, 2012 to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Premier Charest led a major trade mission to China from August 28 to September 2, 2011. The mission’s highlights include:

  • Signing a Québec-Shanghai comprehensive cooperation agreement
  • Renewing the cooperation agreement between Québec and the Shanghai Science and Technology Commission (STC)
  • Renewing scientific and technological research cooperation agreements with the Chinese central government as well as with Shandong Province
  • 16 agreement announcements and signings between businesses and institutions in Québec and China.

One of the priorities of Québec’s International Policy is to strengthen and increase trade and diversify it in certain growth markets, including China.

Québec Government Office in Beijing
Québec Government Office in Shanghai
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