Canada-China Business Council co-hosted Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President HU Jintao at a state banquet in Ottawa, June 24, 2010. Bruce Hartley and Bill Pristanski hosted a senior delegation from our client Sinopec at the dinner. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Chinese President Hu Jintao committed to forging even deeper economic ties between their two countries. Thursday and trade relations took a significant step forward with the announcement that China will resume importing Canadian beef. The agreement that allows Canada to regain access to the Chinese market was among several accords signed by the two leaders during the first full day of the Chinese president’s visit to Canada. One of those signing ceremonies featured Sinopec’s acquisition of ConocoPhillips nine percent share of Syncrude. President Hu was visiting Ottawa on his way to the G-20 summit that was being hosted by Prime Minister Harper in Toronto later that week.
June 24, 2009