By: Trevor Loudon
Cross posted from KeyWiki Blog.
From the Communist Party of China, International Department website:
Beijing, July 5— Minister Wang Jiarui of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee met today with a delegation of the Liberal Party of Canada led by its leader Michael Ignatieff.
Wang said that the establishment of formal relations between the two parties has enriched the channels of communication and dialogue between the two countries. He pointed out that looking back at the past 40 years of bilateral relations, the most important experience is that political parties and politicians of the two countries should always grasp the development of relations from a strategic height and long-term perspective and view and solve sensitive issues properly in a friendly spirit.
Ignatieff said that the Liberal Party of Canada took great pride in establishing diplomatic relations with China and in forging a strategic partnership with China when it was in office. He hoped his party will continue to make efforts for the comprehensive, long-term and stable development of Canada-China relations in various levels through the regular exchange mechanism of the two parties.
The Liberal Party of Canada is the largest opposition party in Canada. Ignatieff’s delegation arrived in Beijing on July 3 and began its goodwill visit in China at the invitation of the Communist Party of China.