Published: Wed, October 05, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

The relationship between Canada and China, by the numbers

The relationship between Canada and China, by the numbers

In a news conference marking his return to parliamentary business two days after Parliament resumed, Trudeau defended negotiations that have begun with China, just hours before he was to greet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in the nation's capital.

Havana, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) The leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and China " s Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, have agreed on the need to preserve human life and peace in a fraternal meeting.

Fidel and Li Keqiang expressed confidence that the visit would strengthen cooperation and friendship between the parties, governments and peoples.

After landing in Ottawa, the Chinese premier was to have a private dinner with Trudeau.

The Associated Press reported the welcoming ceremony Castro held for Li.

OTTAWA-Canada and China have agreed to launch exploratory talks on a possible free-trade agreement, the leaders of both countries said Thursday.

Li is the first Chinese premier to visit Cuba. "China and Canada must have win-win co-operation".

Only on China did Trudeau forcefully stake out a position.

Hailing the progress made in the past 56 years since the two countries set up diplomatic ties, Li said China has firmly adhered to the policy of China-Cuba friendship, supported Cuba in following a socialist path and promoted bilateral pragmatic cooperation.

Li said this reflected, "China's commitment to, and China's goodwill to, farmers and producers in Canada".

Others, including a handful of representatives of the Falun Gong religious group, were there to highlight human rights concerns in China that they are hopeful Li will resolve.

Beijing and Washington have no extradition treaty. Harsh interrogation, even torture, are common, according to Amnesty International, and the country executes more people every year than all others combined - including many for non-violent economic offences.

"China and Cuba have withstood severe tests in the past 50 years during the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba", Wang Youming, president of the Institute of Developing Countries, told the Global Times on Sunday. The Chinese premier said experts from both sides will work towards solutions but in the interim "we will continue to apply the previous practice".

Trudeau shot back at critics and ruled out extraditions to countries where those convicted would face the death penalty.

Li also said that while the death penalty was needed in China, Chinese law provides for the humanitarian treatment of accused persons. Canada and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding on trade in canola.

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