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Prime Minister Harper Announces Official Visit to China

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that he will make an official visit to the People's Republic of China from November 5 to 10. From November 7 to 8, he will visit Hangzhou where he will meet with Chinese government officials and a Canadian business delegation including representatives from the clean-tech, agri-food and seafood, aerospace, energy, education, construction, forestry and wood products, and information and communication technologies sectors. From November 8 to 10, Prime Minister Harper will meet with China's President and Premier. The leaders will discuss areas of mutual interest, including science and technology and clean energy. Prime Minister Harper will also engage with business leaders taking part in the Canada-China Business Forum and on November 10 will participate in some elements of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting in Beijing.

Information summarized from:  Prime Minister's Office Press Release

Canadian Tourism Commission Hosted Showcase Canada-Asia

The Canadian Tourism Commission hosted Showcase Canada-Asia from October 19-23 in Shenyang, China to promote Canada as a tourism destination. The showcase brought together 120 regional buyers from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines to meet with 108 Canadian tourism businesses.

Information summarized from:  Canadian Tourism Commission Press Release

CCBC Hosts Leaders' Luncheon in Beijing

The Canada China Business Council (CCBC) announced a Leaders' Luncheon: Canada-China Business Forum with a senior official as the keynote speaker on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at China World Summit Wing in Beijing. Members and guests are invited to join in this gathering of business leaders active in the Canada-China business relationship. The event will run from approximately 11 AM to 2 PM. For more information, click here.

Information summarized from:  Canada China Business Council

Industrial Alliance Announces Investment in Australia

Quebec City-based financial services company Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. announced its first investment in Australia, approximately C$25 million of debt in the New Royal Adelaide Hospital project, in Adelaide, South Australia. The hospital is a public-private partnership (P3) with respect to its design, construction, financing and use over a 35-year period. The consortium put in place to deliver the hospital comprises approximately 30 members including, among others, the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, the Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (Hong Kong Branch) and the Westpac Banking Corporation.

Information summarized from:  CNW Group

APF Canada Releases Series of Papers on Canada's LNG Opportunity in Asia

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) has released three papers in its 'Canada's LNG Opportunity in Asia' series examining the opportunities and challenges of China, India and Japan as potential markets for Canadian LNG. The papers provide an overview of the factors impacting demand for LNG in each market, each country's current LNG projects and licensing processes, factors influencing the growth of each country's LNG market, and Canada's related strengths and weaknesses. The papers are written by Asia-based energy experts including Dr. Wang Tao on China, Dr. Ken Koyama on Japan and Dr. Rajrishi Singhal on India. To read the papers, click here.

Information summarized from:  Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada