On February 19, 2013, Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang met with Pierre Beaudoin, president and chief executive officer of Bombardier Inc. in Ziguangge, Zhongnanhai.
Recalling his meeting with Pierre Beaudoin's father, also former president of Bombardier Inc. years ago, Li said China and Canada are both important countries in the Asia-Pacific and in recent years, the area of bilateral cooperation is growing ever wider, with more and more common interests between the two countries. Both sides have made breakthrough on cooperation in large projects and enjoy a more solid foundation for the development of bilateral strategic partnership, exerting a positive impact on prosperity and stability of the region and the world at large.
Li said China's industrial transformation and upgrade, as well as Canada's developed manufacturing, high-technology and service sectors hold great business opportunities for cooperation. Li said any insightful entrepreneur can see the opportunities and will not ignore them. The Chinese side is ready to make joint efforts with the Canadian side to create favorable environments for fair competition and facilitation for investment. It also encourages enterprises from both countries to boost long-term cooperation in accordance with business principles for mutually-beneficial development and to open up markets beyond the two countries.
Beaudoin said Bombardier, which has witnessed and benefited from the development of the economic relationship between Canada and China, has confidence in the prospects of the Chinese market and hopes to enhance cooperation with its Chinese partners on the research and development, manufacturing and management of transportation equipment.
Chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Wan Jifei, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun and China International Trade Representative and Vice Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng attended the meeting.