On February 9, 2012, Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Great Hall of the People.
In recent years with the joint efforts of both sides, Sino-Canadian relations have shown good growth momentum with frequent bilateral exchanges at high and other levels and new outcomes of cooperation in various fields, which has brought tangible benefits to the two peoples, Wu said. The two economies are highly complementary and the two sides have great potential for mutually beneficial cooperation. The Chinese side appreciates Prime Minister Harper for taking developing relations with China as a diplomatic priority of Canada. He hailed the important consensus and progress the two countries made during Harper's current visit, adding that these achievements will inject new vitality to the bilateral pragmatic cooperation and push forward China-Canada strategic partnership.
Wu said he regards parliamentary exchanges as an important part of the China-Canada strategic partnership, adding parliamentary exchanges are of great significance to enhancing mutual understanding and consolidating the public basis of bilateral relations. "The NPC has set up sound cooperative ties with the Canadian Senate and the House of Commons. The regular exchange mechanism between the two countries' parliaments is running smoothly and has achieved positive progress," Wu said. He hope the two sides will maintain good tradition of cooperation, keep closer multi-level friendly exchanges in all areas and constantly enhance mutual understanding and political trust so as to make a positive contribution to promoting the development of Sino-Canadian relations.
Wu Bangguo also briefed on China's democratic and legal construction.
Harper said in recent years, Canada-China cooperation in various fields has achieved encouraging results with frequent meetings between the leaders of the two countries. Bilateral cooperation on trade, tourism, education and local exchanges is in the ascendant and both sides have signed a series of important bilateral cooperation agreements and maintained good communication and coordination in international affairs. Harper said his government highly values Canada-China relations and is committed to cementing win-win cooperation in trade and other areas to further tap the cooperation potential.