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Tuesday, December 01, 2009 

The Chinese Perspective On Harper's Tour To China

Here is an editorial from the China Daily on Harper's visit to the Peoples Republic of China:

"Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper will make his first visit to China since taking office in 2006. He is aiming to not only boost trade but repair a strained relationship.

Harper, leader of his nation's Conservatives party, will be in China from Dec 2-6, a trip that former Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien, a Liberal, said is "better late than never".

Foreign experts noted that Harper's rationale to visit China is based on the global economic recession.

"Canada is committed to a strong relationship with China that reflects our mutual respect and the need for practical cooperation," Harper said in a statement.

Trade has been developing between the two nations recently. Oil producer PetroChina agreed in August to purchase a 60-percent stake in two oil sands projects in western Canada for $1.7 billion. The MacKay River and Dover oil sands projects owned by private Athabasca Oil Sands Corp are located in the northeastern part of the Alberta province - Harper's base of support.

Trade volume between China and Canada reached $22.9 billion, an increase of 2.9 percent, during the first half of 2009."

China Daily Online

Background ....
-Harper's Hard Line With China Is Costing Canada Millions

-Chinese paper reports Harper snub

-Harper's Conservative Ideology Has Hampered Business Relations With China

and .... 'How do you talk to a dragon?

Cartoon by kind permission of
Graeme MacKay
at mackaycartoons.net

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