Gouvernement du Québec, le 13 septembre 2005 – 2005/09/13
A Government of Québec press release reports that Québec premier Jean Charest will head a large delegation of over 150 business representatives from the economic, cultural, and educational sectors on a mission to China (Mission Québec/China 2005) from September 22 to 29, with a view to stepping up cooperation with the Asian country. “ The main purpose of this mission is to support the efforts by business people and representatives from the educational, cultural and tourism communities to get a foothold in the Chinese market and strengthen ties with this emerging economic powerhouse ,” stated the premier. As the Chinese Information Agency XINHUA reports, “The main focus of this mission will be the economy, but education, culture, and science and technology will also play an important part. Other topics of discussion will include construction, transportation, information technology, tourism, investment and financial services, architecture, and urban planning.
At a meeting with the president of the People’s Republic of China, Hu Jintao, on September 9 in Québec City, Premier Charest raised the question of cultural diversity, and explained the Québec government’s strong support for the UNESCO draft Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions,which will be submitted to the UNESCO General Assembly in the fall of 2005. President Jintao noted that China has always supported the draft Convention to date. He also mentioned that the main cultural diversity challenge for China is the protection of traditional cultures in the face of globalization. Minister of international relations Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, who will accompany the premier on this mission, reminded Canadian Press that “Québec is looking for China to maintain its support when UNESCO votes next month on the draft Convention on the diversity of cultural expressions.” [05-27]