Canadian agriculture minister Laurence MacAulay will leading a trade mission to China in hopes of expanding bilateral trade between the two countries.

This fall, MacAulay will be joined by a group of industry representatives from the Canadian agricultural, agri-food and seafood sectors to work with Chinese officials and businesses to promote Canadian food products in key Chinese markets and strengthen relationships between the two countries.

According to a press release from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, MacAulay is expected to attend the Food and Hospitality China even in Shanghai and the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo in Qingdao. Between the two expos, about 120 Canadian exhibitors are expected to participate.

"The Government of Canada continues to work with our global partners to expand market access across the globe. Expanding these markets will help put more money in the pockets of Canadian farmers while helping to grow the middle class. We are pleased to work with the Chinese government in an effort to grow our Agricultural, Agri-Food and Fish and Seafood sectors through bilateral trade," MacAulay stated.

Earlier trade talks

MacAulay’s trade mission will follow an August visit to China made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. During that visit, 56 deals worth more than CA$1.2 billion (US$918 million) were signed between Chinese and Canadian firms. The two countries also reached an agreement on the continuation of canola trade.

Presently, China is Canada’s second largest trading partner for food and agriculture products.