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OTTAWA, April 18 (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on
Tuesday pressed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to relax
curbs on high-tech exports to China and also suggested the two
nations work together on clean energy, China's official Xinhua
news agency said.
Trudeau wants to boost trade with China as a way of
lessening dependence on exports to the United States, especially
given protectionist signs from the administration of President
Canada, citing national security needs, places strict
restrictions on the Canadian assets that China and other nations
Reporting on a phone call between the two leaders, Xinhua
said, "The Chinese premier hoped that Canada would relax the
restrictions on high-tech exports to China, believing this would
be helpful to a balanced growth of bilateral trade."
Last month, Trudeau's Liberals allowed Hong Kong-based O-Net
Technologies Group Ltd to buy a Canadian technology
company, reversing a 2015 decision by the former Conservative
government to block the deal on national security grounds.
Trudeau spokeswoman Andree-Lyne Halle confirmed the two men
had spoken and said more details would be released later.
China is looking to boost its global environmental role as
Trump shows signs of pulling back from green commitments the
United States made under previous President Barack Obama.
Li also told Trudeau that the two nations should "strengthen
cooperation on tackling climate change and cooperate in new
areas such as clean energy", according to Xinhua.
In September, during a visit by Li to Ottawa, Canada and
China said they would start exploratory talks on a free trade
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)