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Reception for the Friends of Canada - Guangzhou

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Reception for the Friends of Canada

Guangzhou, Saturday, July 3, 2010

I would like, along with the very dynamic delegation accompanying me, to thank you for your warm welcome, as I complete my visit to Guangzhou, the south gate of China.

We are delighted to be in this region of South China where so many Canadians have family ties.

Guangdong is clearly an area of tremendous growth—a pioneer in economic development, the “factory of the world”, as you are known—for you are the world’s largest manufacturer, and the source of over 30 percent of total exports by the People’s Republic of China.

Your contribution to the prosperity of your country is phenomenal. Indeed, a number of Canadian businesses in the region have launched projects in fields as varied as environmental technology, financial services and transportation.

Since our arrival in Guangdong, I have had the privilege of meeting with physicians at the Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Centre as well as factory workers, members of the Foshan Women’s Federation, and migrant women at Guangda Garment Company.

Our rich conversations have given us a deeper understanding of the ways in which Canadians and Chinese are collaborating to improve the quality of health care, to secure basic human and labour rights for workers, to combat human trafficking, and to promote gender equality in China.

These projects show us that the ties between Guangdong Province and Canada are strong, and we hope to have more opportunities for cooperation, partnership and meetings.

We are delighted to have this opportunity to visit during this special year that marks the 40th anniversary of Canada’s diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China.

Because our two countries are strong allies, strategic partners, and excellent friends, we eagerly look forward to continuing to work with you to build the world of tomorrow!

Let us say it loud and clear: long live the friendship between Canada and the People’s Republic of China!