Harper visits China
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been visiting China between 7th and 11th February. Apart from a number of meetings between the two sides, both countries have concluded a range of agreements. These were published in today’s People’s Daily and are reproduced below:
1. The two sides announced the conclusion of the substantive negotiations on the bilateral Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement. Both sides signed a declaration of intent and will work to finalize the text within their respective domestic processes.
2. The leaders agreed that the joint study being done in the China-Canada Economic Partnership Working Group on areas where the two economies are complementary will be completed by May 2012, after which Canada and China will proceed to exploratory discussions on deepening trade and economic relations.
3. With a view to strengthening bilateral cooperation in uranium trade and development, both sides held fruitful discussions and reached agreement in principle on a legal instrument to further implement the bilateral Nuclear Co-operation Agreement, which will facilitate exports of Canadian uranium to China. Both sides will work to finalize the text within their respective domestic processes.
4. The two sides renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Concerning Cooperation in the Field of Energy Cooperation between China’ s National Energy Administration and Natural Resources Canada.
5. The two sides announced their intent to conclude the substantive negotiations for an updated China-Canada Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation. Both sides will work together to finalize the text within their respective domestic processes.
6. The two sides announced the conclusion of the substantive negotiations on the amendment to the China-Canada Air Transport Agreement. Both sides will work to finalize the text within their respective domestic processes.
7. The two sides signed the Protocol between the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on quarantine and health requirements for industrial beef tallow to be exported from Canada to China.
8. The two sides signed a Cooperative Arrangement on Inspection and Quarantine Access Issues between the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
9. The two sides signed the MOU between the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on a Cooperative Plan for Leptosphaeria Maculans Risk Mitigation (Joint Canola Research).
10. The two sides agree to sign the MOU between the Ministry of Agriculture of China and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans of Canada on Fisheries Cooperation at an early date.
11. The two sides signed the statement of intent for cooperation in the area of science, technology and innovation, and announced the third batch of China-Canada science and technology cooperation projects.
12. The two sides signed the MOU on Cooperation between the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Natural Resources Canada in the Sustainable Development of Natural Resources.
13. The two sides reaffirmed their intention to strengthen cooperation in combating transnational crime and repatriating fugitives in accordance with their respective laws, and to enhance judicial and law enforcement cooperation, and agreed to launch negotiations on an agreement on the sharing of the proceeds of crime.
14. The two sides renewed the MOU between the Ministry of Education of China and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada on the China-Canada Scholars’ Exchange Program, and agreed to explore additional means to expand the two-way academic exchange, aspiring to reach the goal of 100,000 students studying in each other’s countries within five years. The two sides recognize that there is a particular need to encourage more Canadian students to study in China.
15. The two sides highlighted the complementary nature of their respective civil aviation industries and the important role they play in contributing to growth and prosperity in both Canada and China, and undertook to strengthen collaboration in this area.
16. The two sides plan on holding a series of cultural activities in each other’ s countries in 2013 and 2014.
17. Following agreement by China and Canada, the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens will sign an agreement with the Toronto and Calgary zoos to provide a pair of giant pandas for 10 years of collaborative research on conservation.
18. The two sides signed the MOU between the State Forestry Administration of China and the Parks Canada Agency for cooperation on matters related to protected areas.
19. Both sides applauded the upgrading of Canada’ s Consulate in Chongqing to Consulate-General.
20. The Chinese side welcomed the availability of multiple entry Canadian visas for Chinese citizens valid for a period of up to ten years. The relevant authorities will undertake bilateral consultations on further simplifying visa procedures.
21. The two sides reaffirmed that China and Canada have important shared interests in promoting peace, security and sustainable development regionally and globally, and agreed to enhance coordination and cooperation in the UN, G20, APEC and other multilateral institutions as well as on major international and regional issues. The two sides agreed that China and Canada are ready to work constructively with other countries in the region to enhance peace, security and stability in Asia-Pacific.
22. During the visit, more than 20 commercial agreements were signed between enterprises of the two countries.