Li Changchun, a senior Chinese Communist Party (CPC), arrived Wednesday in Ottawa, Canada, for an official goodwill visit to promote bilateral relations and cultural exchanges.
Li, a member of the Standing Committee of Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee, said in a written statement issued upon his arrival that he wanted to exchange views with Canadian leaders on bilateral relations and on other important issues of common interest, and meet Canadians from all backgrounds.
Li said China and Canada enjoyed a long friendship, recalling the name of Norman Bethune, a Canadian doctor, was known in China, thanks to his efforts and sacrifices to save the lives of Chinese soldiers during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression in 1930 and 1940.
For over four decades since the establishment of diplomatic relations, Sino-Canadian ties have developed continuously, Li said
Since both parties have raised their level relationships of strategic partnership in 2005, they have considerably intensified exchanges of high level visits, achieved substantial results in cooperation in culture, economy, commerce and science and technologies, and maintained good communication and coordination in major international and regional affairs, he added.
"The promotion of China-Canada relations has not only brought tangible benefits to both peoples, but also gave a strong impetus to peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and world at large "noted Li, adding that both countries still had a huge potential for cooperation.
"The world today is undergoing complex and profound changes. For China and Canada, the development of one partner will necessarily translate into new opportunities for the other," Li said "With the increase in our common interests, it is a huge potential for cooperation that emerges in all areas."
During this visit, which lasts until Saturday, Mr. Li is expected to meet several Canadian leaders such as Governor General David Johnston, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. It should also attend the opening ceremony of a Confucius Institute in Canada.
Li arrived in Canada, the second leg of his four-nation tour, after a four-day visit to Britain.
After his stay in Canada, he will visit Colombia and Indonesia.