|Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne of Canada|
On November 23, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne of Canada on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Nagoya.
Wang Yi expressed, though China and Canada are far away, the two peoples always have friendly feelings towards each other. Norman Bethune is a household name in China. Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau's administration established diplomatic relations with China, which reflected Canada's attitude in speaking up for justice in the international arena as an independent and sovereign country. The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Canada, and both sides should cherish the interests and benefits brought about by the development of bilateral relations in the past 50 years while strive to open up more bright prospects in the next 50 years. Wang Yi stressed, the current grave difficulty in China-Canada relations lies in the arbitrary detention of a Chinese citizen on groundless charges by the Canadian side in December last year. The Chinese government's determination to protect the just and legitimate rights and interests of its citizens and enterprises is unshakable. China hopes that the new Canadian government will uphold international fairness and justice and uphold the basic norms governing international relations, make the right decision as soon as possible and take concrete measures to overcome the man-made obstacle, and bring the China-Canada relations back on track at an early date to open up new prospects for China-Canada relations.
Francois-Philippe Champagne said, the people of Canada and China have long respected each other in history and shared a profound friendship. I admire China's huge development achievements and attach great importance to developing relations with China. I hope to boost cooperation with the Chinese side in all fields so as to lift the Canada-China relations to a higher level and bring a better future for the two peoples. At the moment, the two countries have some differences and difficulties. The Canadian side cherishes the friendship and trust accumulated over the years, and is willing to make joint efforts with the Chinese side to view and deal with relevant issues from a more long-term perspective and take concrete measures to rebuild mutual trust so as to bring bilateral relations back on track as soon as possible.