Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began a visit to China yesterday with a stop at Sina, the Chinese social media giant, where he talked up the advantages of travel.
Accompanied by four Cabinet ministers, Trudeau also met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People. He meets President Xi Jinping today.
"It's rare to have such a close, intimate relationship where we have mutual exchanges of visits along with such dialogues," Li told Trudeau in remarks at the start of their meeting. "China-Canada relations are indeed headed toward a golden stage."
Trudeau responded that the opportunities for deepening ties between the countries' economies and people are "tremendous."
The two leaders oversaw the signing of three documents related to trade in food products, energy cooperation and education.
At Sina, owner of the popular Twitter-like Weibo microblogging service, Trudeau took part in a panel discussion that touched on Canadian tourism draws, and the nation's beer and wine industry.
Next year marks the China-Canada year of tourism and Canada is hoping to double the number of Chinese tourist arrivals.
The two are also in exploratory talks on a framework for a trade agreement. From Canada, China largely imports wood and agricultural products, ore, fuels and seafood. To Canada it sells machinery, furniture, sporting goods and textiles.