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Sino-Canadian ties to cover more sectors

By Ding Qingfen (China Daily)

08:36, February 10, 2012

Vice-Premier Li Keqiang (L) shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen during a meeting in Beijing on Thursday. (Xinhua Photo)

President and vice-premier target stronger Canada economic relations

BEIJING - China is willing to increase imports from Canada and to boost cooperation in energy and other areas, Chinese leaders said on Thursday.

During a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, President Hu Jintao said cooperation should be strengthened across a range of sectors.

"The countries should enhance political dialogue to expand common ground," Hu said.

To boost trade links, Hu suggested that the potential of both economies to interact be realized and cooperation expanded.

Vice-Premier Li Keqiang called for the countries to "promote energy trade".

"Canada is a nation that has bountiful energy resources, and China is a stable and reliable consumption market", he said in a keynote speech at a Beijing business forum.

And the two nations should also enhance energy cooperation, including renewable and nuclear, and promote joint oil and mining projects, he said.

"We should ensure a stable partnership in the field of energy resources," Li said.

Harper is leading a delegation of more than 40 business executives during his visit as he endeavors to sell more oil to China, attract Chinese investment in Canada and win more access to China for Canadian companies.

Harper's visit comes as Canada plans to diversify exports of crude oil to Asia, including China, and aims to speed up the regulatory-approval process for large energy projects. This comes on the heels of US President Barack Obama rejecting TransCanada Corp's $7 billion pipeline to the US Gulf Coast.

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ASEAN at 2012-02-12220.255.2.*
Yes, China and Canada should trade more. Both countries always honour their agreements unlike some other countries who use own rules and sanctions to open markets. I personally know of Chinese , Canadians and Indian companies. They are such a wonderful people to work/trade with. Keep it up.
PD User at 2012-02-12209.203.76.*
lol. canadians aren't exactly the brightest bunch. how do you know when an american business is owned by a canadian? its have a going out of business sale.
Anthony at 2012-02-1199.251.111.*
How encouraging it is to see our leadership getting together!
Brad in Canada at 2012-02-1170.53.76.*
In Canada we very much welcome increasing ties with China on multiple fronts. We cannot rely on the US any longer, diversification is key.Thank you very much, from your friends in Canada. Happy year of the dragon, and I wish good health,luck,and prosperity to my friends in China.
helen at 2012-02-10203.82.82.*
Winning friendship through understanding, cultural and economic co-operation is much more preferable and human than making enemies through unprovoked wars as evident by US Global Tyranny.Sino-German and Sino-Canadian co-operation heralds a good beginning in the year of the Dragon. Peaceful development and harmonious relationship are the order of the day.
  

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