Chinese president visits Canadian aircraft manufacturer

10:39, June 27, 2010      

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Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao (L, front) visits the cabin of an aircraft during a tour of the aircraft factory of Bombardier Aerospace in Toronto, Canada, June 26, 2010. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

Chinese President Hu Jintao visited an aircraft manufacturing facility on Saturday morning, in a gesture to show that China attaches importance to expanding mutually beneficial cooperation with Canada.

Bombardier, a Canada-based global manufacturer of planes and trains, has cooperation projects with China in the areas of civil aviation and rail transportation.

It has been working with the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) of China to jointly develop and manufacture the innovative C series of airplanes.

Hu toured the factory to have a close look at the components of the Q400 aircraft, which was partly manufactured in Shenyang. He took a photo with Pierre Beaudoin, president and chief executive officer of Bombardier Inc., in front of the components made in China.

The president also went aboard a Q400 aircraft and a Global 5000 jet on display in the factory. He expressed the hope that the cooperation between Chinese companies and Bombardier would have an even better future.

Bombardier has developed a strong strategic partnership of mutual trust and mutual benefit with China, Beaudoin said.

President Hu's visit is of great significance for advancing cooperation between Bombardier and its Chinese partners, he said.

Bombardier is ready to work with its clients and cooperative partners in China to create a better future, he added.

He also expressed the hope that Canada and China would develop an even stronger, constructive and sustainable relationship.

Bombardier has set up three joint ventures and six wholly owned enterprises in China, all in the rail transportation industry.

In recent years, Bombardier has identified China as an emerging market for its commercial aircraft and enlisted several local subcontractors for making aircraft components. The Canadian company now has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

Hu arrived in Toronto on Friday afternoon after spending three days in Ottawa, where he and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper witnessed the signing of a number of documents on cooperation between the two countries.

Hu is to attend a summit of the Group of 20 countries in Toronto at the weekend.

Source: Xinhua
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