Exploratory discussions for a possible Canada-China free trade agreement

On September 22, 2016, Canada and the People’s Republic of China announced the launch of exploratory discussions for a possible Canada-China FTA. Work on these exploratory discussions has been ongoing since the fall with the first set of face-to-face discussions taking place from February 20-24, 2017, in Beijing, China. These discussions served as an opportunity for both sides to exchange information on respective regulations and laws, and to explore parameters of a possible Canada-China FTA. The second set of discussions will take place from April 24-28, 2017, in Ottawa, Canada.

It is a priority for the Government of Canada to expand trade and investment with large, fast growing markets, including China. China is the world’s second largest economy, and Canada’s second largest single-country trading partner.

In parallel with the exploratory discussions, the Government of Canada is conducting public consultations on a possible Canada-China FTA between Canada and China. Public consultations seek the views of Canadians to help define Canada’s interests, and identify the best opportunities for such an agreement to create wealth, innovation and jobs for Canadians. We encourage all Canadians to have their say by visiting the Canada-China FTA Consultations Webpage to learn more about consultations and how to participate.

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If you have any questions or comments please contact Global Affairs Canada at the following address:

Chinatrade-consultations-commerceChine@international.gc.ca
Trade Policy and Negotiations - Asia (TCA)
Global Affairs Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2
Fax: 613-944-5119

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