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Justin Trudeau takes Chinese Premier to Bell Centre

Canadian Prime Minister shows off Montreal Canadiens to foreign leader

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

When Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, wants to impress a foreign leader, he takes them to see his favorite hockey team, of course.

Trudeau hosted Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Canada this week for trade talks, and brought him to the Bell Centre in Montreal on Friday.

Tweet from @JustinTrudeau: In my unbiased opinion, this is a great hockey team to show off to a visiting leader. Thanks @CanadiensMTL #GoHabsGo

Trudeau and Li met with Canadiens alumni Yvan Cournoyer, Guy Carbonneau, Francis Bouillon, Mathieu Dandenault, Patrice Brisebois and Gaston Gingras, and took a tour of the Canadiens dressing room.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: �������� #GoHabsGo

After the tour, Li and Trudeau watched Montreal-area children of Chinese descent play a game on the ice at Bell Centre.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Le PM @JustinTrudeau et le PM Li Keqiang de Chine visitent le Centre Bell aujourd'hui. ���� ���� #GoHabsGo

Gingras, Dandenault and Brisebois organized a hockey school in China in February, and the Chinese delegation was hoping to participate in a hockey activity in their trip to Canada this week. More than 50 media from China attended the event, according to a Canadiens spokesperson.

Trudeau has been seen sporting Canadiens gear many times and, according to the CBC, is a distant relative of Montreal forward Max Pacioretty.

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