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Oil spurs Canadian PM China visit

Source:  Copyright 2012, BBC
Date:  February 3, 2012
Original URL: Status ONLINE


Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will visit China next week to discuss the future of Canada's oil products.

The visit comes after the US rejected a pipeline route from Alberta to Texas.

Five Cabinet ministers, including the ministers of natural resources, trade and foreign affairs will join Mr Harper on his second official visit to China.

A spokesman for the prime minister told the Associated Press it was "absolutely in Canada's interests" to build a new pipeline to deliver oil to China.

Mr Harper will visit Beijing and two other Chinese cities to meet with high-ranking officials, including President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.

Pacific pipeline

Correspondents say the visit is part of a warning to the United States, where the Keystone XL pipeline project has become a controversial political subject.

Republicans in Congress and on the presidential trail have promised to get the ...

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