Wang Yi meets Canadian Foreign Minister Shang Pengfei
Xinhua News Agency, Nagoya, Japan, 23 Nov (Reporter Guo Dan) on 23 November local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Canadian Foreign Minister Shang Pengfei during the G20 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Nagoya, Japan.
Wang Yi said that China and Canada are far apart, but the people of the two countries have always cherished friendly feelings. At that time, Dr. Bethune was a household name in China, and the old Trudeau government resolutely made the decision to establish diplomatic relations with China, reflecting Canada's attitude of presiding over international justice as an independent and sovereign state. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Canada. The two sides should cherish the benefits and well-being brought to the two peoples by the development of China-Canada relations in the past 50 years and strive to open up broader prospects for the next 50 years. Wang Yi stressed that the crux of the current serious difficulties in Sino-Canadian relations lies in the arbitrary detention of Chinese citizens on "trumped-up" charges in December last year. The Chinese Government is unswervingly determined to safeguard the legitimate and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens and enterprises. It is hoped that the new Canadian government, proceeding from safeguarding international fairness and justice and safeguarding the basic norms of international relations, will make correct decisions as soon as possible, take practical measures to overcome this man-made obstacle, and promote Sino-Canadian relations to return to the normal development track as soon as possible. To open up a new future for China-Canada relations.
Shang Pengfei said that the peoples of Canada and China have respected each other in history and have a profound friendship. I admire China's great achievements in development, attach great importance to the development of relations with China, and hope to strengthen cooperation with China in various fields so as to raise Canada-China relations to a higher level so that the people of the two countries can have a better future. At present, there are differences and difficulties between the two countries. Canada cherishes the friendship and trust established by the two sides over the years, and is willing to make joint efforts with the Chinese side to look at and handle relevant issues from a longer-term perspective, take practical measures to rebuild mutual trust, and push Canada-China relations back on track as soon as possible.