Canada PM will go to China, talk energy next month

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Posted: Jan 11, 2012 3:03 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will head to China next month in a visit likely to be dominated by discussion of energy issues.

Harper announced Wednesday that he will meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.

China is Canada's second-largest trading partner and has invested billions of dollars in energy projects in its western provinces.

Harper said his government is focusing on deepening economic ties with China, including opening new markets.

Relations between the two countries were strained by Canada's recognition of the Dalai Lama as an honorary Canadian citizen and its lengthy extradition of a Chinese man wanted for corruption and smuggling.