New actions needed to promote China-Canada ties

13:10, May 26, 2010      

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The bilateral ties between China and Canada, which features a new era together with new opportunities and new expectations, need new actions, says Mei Ping, former Chinese ambassador to Canada.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Canada.

"In China, the fortieth year symbolizes an important turning point in one's life, because, at the age of 40, we are supposed to be mature and free from confusion. Relations between countries are the same. After 40 years, we should be mature, thoughtful and not to be swayed by emotions in our dealings with each other," Mei, also a member of the Chinese Foreign Ministry's advisory committee, said Tuesday in an interview by Xinhua.

He pointed out that economic cooperation and trade are important components of China-Canada relations. "However, the level of cooperation between us has yet to be upgraded. Our trade volume accounts merely one percent and six percent of China and Canada's total volume respectively," he said.

"Not long ago, both Canadian and Chinese experts discussed the prospect of our trade and reached consensus that there is a potential to double our current trade volume to some 60 billion U.S. dollars in the next five years," he said.

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