PM announces Governor General State visits to China and Mongolia

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will travel to China, from October 16 to 24, and to Mongolia, from October 24 to 26.

During his visit, the Governor General will meet with heads of state, senior government officials and members of civil society in both countries, with a view to strengthening bilateral relations, engaging the countries’ new leaders and deepening commercial, educational and innovation ties. He will bring with him a delegation of prominent Canadians to reinforce the Government of Canada’s priorities in Asia.

Asia is a major international economic player and one of Canada’s priority markets.

Canada and China have a broad, multi-faceted relationship with deep historical links, strong people-to-people connections and rapidly expanding economic ties. In 2010, the two countries celebrated 40 years of diplomatic relations. China is Canada’s second largest two-way trading partner.

Bilateral relations between Canada and Mongolia are strong and long-standing. In 2013, the two countries marked the 40th year of diplomatic relations, as well as the fifth year since the establishment of a Canadian embassy in Ulaanbaatar. While the Canada-Mongolia relationship was founded on commerce and mining investments, the relationship has grown to include a wide spectrum of shared interests and activities, such as peacekeeping, security and good governance.

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