The trip is being planned as China deals with its civil unrest and is continuing to detain two Canadians.
“We need to go over to connect those ties to drive economic opportunities for the private sector and ensure we’re maximizing markets that will provide good paying jobs,” McNeil said.
The opposition says not only are the premier’s numerous trips to China unnecessary, but that a major opportunity is being ignored with each endeavor.
“The premier is definitely sending the wrong message,” said Tim Houston, N.S. PC leader.
“When he goes over there he should at least mention to them – like he’s been asked by the national government – to at least raise the discussion about the Canadians there,” he said.
McNeil has previously denied being asked by the federal government to bridge the gap for them, although he has admitted that some discussion with the Canadian embassy has taken place.
He said he’ll ultimately leave the national level diplomatic talks to the country leaders.
“The national government is working its way through dealing with national governments, not only here, the one to the south and ones in other parts of the world,” McNeil said.
“My job as the premier is to continue to make sure that I open up markets for the private sector to sell their products,” he added.
McNeil said he expects his next China trip to take place in early November.