Trade mission to China reveals strong interest

Canada’s western premiers are moving on to Japan, confident their trade mission to China has paid off.

Canada’s western premiers are moving on to Japan, confident their trade mission to China has paid off.

Premiers Gordon Campbell, Ed Stelmach and Brad Wall wrapped up a five day visit to China with a gala dinner in Beijing.

Alberta’s Stelmach says it’s clear the New West has “caught the attention of investors, businesses and government officials” in China.

The three leaders say they highlighted their province’s industries and sectors that are in high demand in China, including clean energy, natural resources and agriculture.

B.C.’s Campbell says Western Canada is the continent’s Pacific Gateway and he says it’s important that the three provinces work together to promote a united front to Chinese investors.

The joint mission to China and Japan, the first since last month’s signing of the New West Partnership, concludes on Saturday.