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China, Canada boost strategic partnership as Canadian PM visits


08:07, February 10, 2012

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 9, 2012. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

BEIJING, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- President Hu Jintao and visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper agreed on Thursday to further facilitate the bilateral strategic partnership and promote greater progress of cooperation in diversified areas.

The agreement was made during their meeting in the Great Hall of the People.

"The two countries should stick to the principle and spirit of the China-Canada Joint Statement and enhance dialogue in the political field in a bid to expand common ground," Hu said.

The China-Canada Joint Statement was issued during Harper's previous visit in 2009.

Hu called on both sides to respect each other's development paths chosen by their people, and respect and accommodate each other's core interests and major concerns.

To boost trade links, Hu suggested full play be given to the strong complementarity of both economies while expanding cooperative areas.

Hu also proposed the enhancement of youth exchanges between both countries and the strengthening of coordination in global and regional affairs in order to promote recovery and sustainable growth of the world economy.

Harper, on his second visit since taking office in 2006, applauded the new progress of bilateral ties in recent years.

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