02/07/2012 05:33 EST | Updated 04/08/2012 05:12 EDT

Mark Rowswell Ambassador: 'Dashan' Named Goodwill Ambassador To China

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BEIJING, China - The prime minister put some star power behind his high-level trip to China.

An immensely popular Canadian entertainer has been named as a goodwill ambassador to the country.

Mark Rowswell, known as Dashan, is a TV host who shot to stardom thanks in part to his mastery of Chinese comedy.

Rowswell has long been a public Canadian face in China and was an official representative of Canadian delegations at the 2008 Olympics and the World Expo.

He was named as a goodwill ambassador as Prime Minister Stephen Harper begins a four-day visit.

Harper's focus on the tour is strengthening personal and economic ties to the country.

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