"The Chinese people share a common belief that it is never allowed and it is absolutely impossible to separate any inch of our great country's territory from China," Xi added.
During the year, the two sides will host about 100 activities, including investment promotion meetings, exhibitions on trade, industry and agriculture, seminars, art festivals and mutual delegation visits, he said.
China's unprecedented focus on environmental protection and its pledge to prevent foreign garbage from crossing its borders are industry game changers, according to two environmental observers in the United States.
Institutional obstacles must be removed to facilitate private enterprises' participation in the defense sectors as well as State-owned defense companies' transfer of technologies to private companies, the meeting also decided. Advances in legislation for civil-military integration are also called for.
China will stay on the path of peaceful development, and continue to pursue a mutually beneficial strategy of opening up, Xi said.
Xi said he believed the two sides will make joint efforts to build the Year of China-Russia Local Cooperation and Exchange into a new spotlight for China-Russia relations.
Canada Minister Bill Morneau, who attended the ABLAC 2018 discussion, said that the Liberal government has targeted engagement with China on trade. The 2018 budget tabled last Tuesday in the House of Commons dedicated $75 million over the next five years to "establish a stronger Canadian diplomatic and trade support presence in China and Asia."
Friday's session reviewed and approved a set of guidelines on civil-military integration, a task list for the Central Commission for Integrated Military and Civilian Development in 2018, a list for the first civil-military integration demonstration zones, and a road map for the development of these zones.
In addition to dozens of cities being selected by the government to test mandatory garbage sorting, Turner said, it is good to see that many others have been voluntarily experimenting with sorting and recycling to address the public's growing concerns about incinerators.