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U.S., Canada unveil new measures to facilitate trade

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09:59, December 08, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper attend a press conference in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on Dec. 7, 2011. (Xinhua/Fang Zhe)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Declaring job creation on his highest priority, U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled new measures with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to facilitate trade and travel between the two neighbors, who are each other's biggest trading partner.

Appearing from his talks with Harper at the White House, Obama told reporters that "Our focus today is on our highest priority, and my top priority as president, that's creating jobs faster and growing the economy faster."

"And in this mission, Canada has a special role to play," he added, noting that Canada is U.S.' single largest trading partner and its top export market, supporting some 1.7 million "good- paying" American jobs.

He said that through new regulatory coordination efforts, "We' re going to make it easier to conduct the trade and travel that creates jobs, and we're going to make it harder for those who do us harm and threaten our security."

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