OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to travel to China for an official visit at the end of the month.
During the Aug. 30-Sept. 6 trip, Trudeau will also take part in the G20 leaders' summit in Hangzhou Sept. 4-5.
The Prime Minister's Office says the visit comes at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses with the Toronto Zoo's panda cubs, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue, in April 2016. (Photo: Twitter)
The tour includes stops in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong.
The PMO says the trip will provide an opportunity for Trudeau to connect with Chinese leaders in government, business and the public at large.
At the Hangzhou Summit, G20 leaders will consider measures to lift global economic growth and investment, create jobs, strengthen the middle class, reinforce the resilience of the global financial system and increase trade and investment.
'Closer, more balanced relationship'
Trudeau says a stronger relationship with China will create new opportunities for Canadian business and the economy.
"On this trip, I will strive for a closer, more balanced relationship between Canada and China, one that unlocks the untapped potential in our two countries' commercial ties, and advances important issues like good governance, the rule of law and the environment," he said in a statement.
He said Canada views the work of G20 as an key factor in promoting global growth and prosperity.
"We place great importance on working with our G20 partners to help address some of the world's most pressing challenges, like climate change, migration, and sustainable development."