Published on : Monday, December 4, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on Monday, selected Sina Weibo, China’s social media giant’s flashy new headquarters as his first stopover in his trade oriented official visit. In the visit, he pumped up Canada as a prime tourist destination and later emphasized as an upcoming green tech connection between Beijing and a company in Mississauga.
Trudeau strode at the headquarters of Weibo onstage clapping from a young crowd, as he sat under a giant cylindrical plasma screen to chat with young stars of Chinese social media who entered Canada lately.
“We have to learn as a planet not to be afraid of someone who is different,” Trudeau said, waxing philosophical about the self-discovery he went through while traversing in China in the early phase of 1990s as a young man.
He said “It’s a great path forward for friendship. I hope to see you all in Canada very soon.”
On Sunday night, Trudeau came to Beijing with delegates and staffs. He was welcomed at Beijing’s airport by a ceremonial military guard and police escort.
Trudeau on later Monday was scheduled to meet with Premier Li Keqiang, one of the Chinese government’s highest-ranking officials for bilateral talks and a private dinner. It is generally hoped that Trudeau’s visit could initiate formal free trade talks with the second-largest economy of the world, after years of exploratory discussions between the two countries.