Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly and Minister of Culture of the People's Republic of China Luo Shugang co-chaired the inaugural meeting of the Canada-China Joint Committee on Culture during Minister Luo's visit to Ottawa February 1 and 2. During the two-day event, each minister led a delegation of senior officials from major cultural institutions and representatives of various creative industries. The committee aims to strengthen co-operation between the two countries in the areas of culture, creative industries, heritage, and the arts. Last July, both countries signed an agreement to formally establish the Committee. Canada aims to open new markets in China for creators and creative entrepreneurs through the joint committee. Canada's first creative industries trade mission to China will be led by Minister Joly from April 9 to 13, 2018. China will host the next meeting of the Joint Committee in 2020.