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October 18, 2005

Canada's natural resources minister said the
increasingly hostile softwood lumber dispute with the
U.S. was on his mind when he talked energy with top
Chinese officials and business people in recent days.

John McCallum was in Xiang He, China, near Beijing,
attending a weekend G20 meeting. While in the
country, he also met with the Chinese president,
three foreign ministers and the top two heads of state
oil companies, pitching Canadian oil and gas.

He said Canada has to acknowledge China's
growing weight in the global economy. And given the
"voracious" Chinese appetite for Canadian oil, it's in
Canada's interest to improve its trade and investment
relationship with the growing superpower.

McCallum added that strengthening business ties
with China is even more important considering the
inefficacy of the North American Free Trade
Agreement