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Canadian PM to visit China next week

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TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's prime minister is heading to China next week in a visit that will be dominated by discussion of Canada's vast oil reserves.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be in Beijing and two other cities for bilateral meetings with top Chinese officials, including President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao from Feb. 8-11.

Andrew MacDougall, Harper's spokesman, said Friday it's in Canada's interests to move the country's resources to China.

Harper is determined to build a pipeline to Canada's Pacific Coast after U.S. President Barack Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline. Ninety-seven percent of Canadian oil exports now go to the U.S.

Canada has the world's third-largest oil reserves after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela: more than 170 billion barrels.

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