On April 11, 2014, H.E. Zhang Junsai, Ambassador of China to Canada and his wife, Madame Yin Guomei paid a farewell call on Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston at Rideau Hall.
Ambassador Zhang conveyed to the Governor General warm greetings from President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang of China, and highly appreciated the contributions the Governor General has made to China-Canada relations, the people-to-people exchanges between the two countries in particular. Ambassador Zhang highlighted the progress that China-Canada relations have witnessed over recent years, and said that deepening the China-Canada Strategic Partnership is a political consensus reached by the two countries' leadership, and serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples. He also thanked the Governor General for rendering great support to the Chinese Embassy and to the Ambassador himself.
The Governor General conveyed his best wishes to the Chinese leaders, and thanked Ambassador Zhang for promoting Canada-China relations during his tenure in Canada. He echoed the positive remarks of Ambassador Zhang on the current Canada-China relations, and stated that the Canadian side attaches great importance to the development of Canada-China relations and is committed to expanding practical cooperation in various fields with China, especially to strengthening educational and youth exchanges and cooperation between the two sides.
Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, Ambassador Zhang and Madame Yin also recalled with pleasure the Governor General's state visit to China in October 2013.
Minister Counsellor Mr. Liu Jin of the Chinese Embassy, Mrs. Patricia Jaton, Deputy Secretary to the Governor General and Mr. Graham Shantz, Director General of North Asia Bureau of DFATD, were also present at the meeting.