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Full Text: Joint List of Outcomes of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Visit to China

(Xinhua)

08:30, February 10, 2012

BEIJING, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- China and Canada here on Thursday released a joint list of outcomes of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit to China.

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Joint List of Outcomes of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Visit to China

At the invitation of Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council of the People' s Republic of China, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid an official visit to China from February 7 to 11. During the visit, President Hu Jintao, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People' s Congress Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao held meetings with Prime Minister Harper. Vice Premier Li Keqiang met Prime Minister Harper and both attended and addressed the 5th China-Canada Business Forum.

The leaders reaffirmed the guiding principles outlined in the China-Canada Joint Statement of 2009 and their commitment to strengthen the China-Canada strategic partnership. Both sides agreed to maintain frequent high-level exchanges, reinforce political trust, expand practical cooperation, increase people-to-people exchanges and strengthen consultation and cooperation on international and regional issues in the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. The leaders also agreed to bring the economic partnership to the next level by improving the bilateral investment regime. At the same time, the two sides agreed to deepen economic and trade cooperation and step up cooperation in the areas of energy and other natural resources including oil and gas, nuclear energy, renewable energy, forest products and minerals. These developments will be strengthened by expanded cooperation in the fields of agriculture, high technology, clean technology, environmental protection, life-sciences, bio-pharmacy, civil aviation and financial services, and among small and medium-sized enterprises, so as to cultivate new growth points of mutually-beneficial cooperation. Both sides agreed to elevate education as a new strategic priority of the bilateral relationship. Both sides also agreed to increase dialogue and exchanges on human rights, on the basis of equality and mutual respect, to promote and protect human rights consistent with the Charter of the United Nations and international human rights instruments.

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