Canada Names Climate Negotiator Saint-Jacques Ambassador to China

Guy Saint-Jacques, a career diplomat fluent in Mandarin, will represent Canada in Beijing, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced here on Wednesday.

Saint-Jacques recently served as chief negotiator and ambassador for climate change at Environment Canada and will succeed David Mulroney, who served as Canada’s ambassador to the People’s Republic of China since 2009 and is credited with deepening the Sino-Canadian relationship.

Mulroney’s successor wasted no time in signaling that he intends to keep economic ties tight between the two countries at a time when the Canadian government is considering whether or not to approve the proposed 15.1-billion U.S. dollar takeover bid by China’s CNOOC Ltd. of Canadian oil-and-gas producer, Nexen Inc.

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