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Interview: Economic consideration key to Canada and China: Canadian expert

08-16-2011 08:35 BJT

OTTAWA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- A Canadian expert has said that economic considerations are key to both Canada and China.

In a recent interview with Xinhua, Gordon Houlden, director of China Institute at the University of Alberta, said that cooperation between Canada and China should be centered on economic and financial matter, especially at a time when the United States and Europe still face major challenges.

"The entire world is aware of the economic miracle that has sustained Chinese growth over the past three decades. Of course that 'miracle' has at its root both the industrious nature of the Chinese people, as well as generally sound economic policies," said Houlden.

The world has seen China maintaining a high growth rate in recent years, even in 2008 when global financial crisis outbroke. And China's total GDP has now ranked number two in the world, only after the United States.

Trade between China and Canada has more than tripled between 2001 and 2010 with merchandise trade reaching 57.7 billion Canadian dollars (about 58 billion US dollars) last year.

"However, I also believe that environmental cooperation between Canada and China, as well as collaboration in health, science and technology, as well as education offer bright prospects," Houlden added.

Talking about Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird's recent visit to China, his first official visit to a country in his new post as Foreign Minister, Houlden said :" This early attention to China shows the importance that Canada attaches to China, and its relations with Beijing."

In a recent interview with Xinhua after his visit to China, John Baird stressed that deepening the strategic partnership between Canada and China will help Canada get a full recovery from the stubborn economic recession and make development in face of ongoing debt striking international economic situation.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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