Canadian PM Justin Trudeau leaves for China visit, G20 summit

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:38 GMT, Aug 30, 2016 |

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left Ottawa early Monday for China for an eight-day visit to strengthen relations between the two countries, and for attending the Group of 20 (G20) summit.

This is the first time for Trudeau to visit China after he became prime minister last November, and the visit comes 43 years after his father Pierre Trudeau became the first Canadian prime minister to visit China in 1973.

The visit will take him to such places as Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Hong Kong. He is expected to meet with Chinese government leaders, businesspersons and members of the general public.

According to the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, Trudeau will arrive in Beijing at about 12:30 Tuesday (Beijing time).

Many Canadian media have recently reported on the visit, and most of them hope that Trudeau will take the opportunity to improve Canada-China relations, especially in trade. Previously, Conference Board of Canada, a well-known Canadian think tank, said in a report that the United States is still the main trade partner of Canada, but China has become the country’s most potential trade partner.