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Spotlight: Highlights of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Canada

Editor: zhenglimin 丨Xinhua

09-25-2016 10:17 BJT

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MONTREAL, Canada, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Saturday left for Cuba after wrapping up a fruitful visit to Canada with a string of promising outcomes and inspiring remarks.

The following is a summary of the achievements the two sides scored and the remarks the Chinese premier made during the visit, the first by a Chinese head of government to the North American country in 13 years.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) holds talks with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau in Ottawa, Canada, Sept. 22, 2016. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) holds talks with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau in Ottawa, Canada, Sept. 22, 2016. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

IMPORTANT AGREEMENTS

A joint statement released Friday by the two sides listed 29 important agreements.

In solidifying a new chapter in their strategic partnership, the two sides held the successful inaugural meeting of the Annual Dialogue between the Chinese premier and the Canadian prime minister.

The two sides announced the goal of doubling bilateral trade by 2025 based on 2015 statistics.

The two sides acknowledged the interconnected nature of the two economies and the untapped potential of the China-Canada economic and commercial relationship, and agreed to launch exploratory discussions for a possible China-Canada Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

The two governments also agreed to develop cooperation in third-party markets, in order to encourage and support enterprises of both countries to pursue economic development opportunities in those markets.

The two sides announced the goal of doubling two-way visits by 2025 based on 2015 statistics.

EXPERIENCE OF CANADA'S NATIONAL SPORT

On Friday, Li visited renowned Canadian ice hockey team Montreal Canadiens, and dropped the first puck for a training match.

Accompanied by his Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, Li traveled to Bell Centre, and the two leaders were briefed about the history of the club, which was founded in 1909 and has won 24 National Hockey League championships.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, drop the ceremonial first puck for a training game of young players of Chinese origin as they visit Bell Center of renowned Canadian ice hockey team Montreal Canadiens in Montreal, Canada, Sept. 23, 2016. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, drop the ceremonial first puck for a training game of young players of Chinese origin as they visit Bell Center of renowned Canadian ice hockey team Montreal Canadiens in Montreal, Canada, Sept. 23, 2016. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

In the team's locker room, Li and Trudeau were presented with Montreal Canadiens jerseys emblazoned with their respective names and the number 1.

"It fits me well," said Li, who added that with the jersey he became an honorary member of Montreal Canadiens.

Wearing the jerseys, Li and Trudeau then entered the rink, giving high fives with young players waiting for them.

Li said he was pleased to experience Canada's national sport together with Trudeau in Montreal, the cradle of ice hockey.

Then the two leaders dropped the ceremonial first puck for a training game of young players of Chinese origin and cheered from time to time the energetic moves of the children.

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