Canada-China Trade

Published: Wednesday, 09/21/2005 12:00 am EDT

Chinese president Hu Jintao reiterated his country's desire for increased trade with Canada. Mr. Hu, who was speaking in Vancouver on the last leg of his visit to Canada last week, also praised recent efforts to improve ports in British Columbia to boost exports of natural resources and Asian imports. Earlier, Mr. Hu and Prime Minister Paul Martin announced plans to increase trade between Canada and China to $30 billion by 2010. However, both leaders acknowledged that differences over human rights issues still stand in the way of relations between Canada and China. Protesters chanting slogans against China's treatment of Falun Gong members and its policies on Taiwan and Tibet marked Mr. Hu's first official visit to Canada.

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