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    Canada Appoints Former Immigration Minister McCallum as Ambassador to China

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    The government of Canada announced that John McCallum had been appointed the country’s new ambassador to China.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland appointed John McCallum the country’s new ambassador to China, the government of Canada announced in a press release on Friday.

    "The appointment of Mr. McCallum underscores the significance of the Canada-China bilateral relationship, which will be enhanced by Mr. McCallum’s exceptional experience gained in the public and private sectors during a long career in service to Canada," the release stated.

    McCallum replaces former Canadian envoy to China Guy Saint-Jacques and will lead the embassy’s efforts to deepen Canada’s relationship with China.

    Canada and China share a long-standing relationship on political, commercial, scientific and cultural levels. The government said renewing the bilateral relationship will help to grow the economy and strengthen the middle class.

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