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CPC senior official, Canadian FM meet on bilateral ties

OTTAWA, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- China is willing to make concerted efforts with Canada to boost ties between the two countries, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) said Friday.

Wang Jiarui, visiting head of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks during a meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird.

China-Canada relations have made great headway since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1970, Wang said, adding that the two sides have deepened cooperation in such fields as politics, economy and trade, science and technology, education and culture.

He noted that during a meeting at the APEC summit in Hawaii last month, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper reached an important consensus on furthering the two countries' strategic partnership.

China and Canada are highly complementary in their economies and have great potential for cooperation beneficial to both countries and peoples, said Wang, who arrived here Thursday.

Baird said that as an Asian-Pacific nation, Canada attaches great importance to the development of its relations with China and other countries in the region.

On the basis of the remarkable progress in cooperation, especially in economy, trade and culture, Canada is ready to work with the Chinese side to deepen bilateral cooperation in all fields, he said.

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