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Canada to discuss clean energy with China

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Outreach with China extends to potential trade opportunities in the area of clean energy and clean technologies, Canada's natural resources minister said.

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Canadian Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr left Monday for a week-long trade visit to China with a delegation that includes representatives from the energy and clean technology sectors.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in April spoke with his Chinese counterpart, Li Keqiang to discuss ways to tackle climate change and cooperate in new trade areas such as clean energy.

In a readout of his itinerary, Carr's department said the minister would deliver a keynote address on advancing a low-carbon agenda for Chinese relations.

"Minister Carr will host a number of roundtables with industry and meet with his Chinese counterparts to advance collaborative efforts on clean energy and pursue trade opportunities to diversify international markets for Canadian resources, including wood products and clean technologies," the department's scheduling note read.

The visit follows a decision last week by U.S. President Donald Trump to start the process of leaving the international Paris climate treaty.Speaking at a trade summit last week, European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker said the responsibility to tackle climate change was now with other lead economies like his and China's.

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