Harper says national security in relationship with China is very important

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DAKAR, Senegal - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the national-security angle to Canada's relationship with China is something his government takes very seriously.

Harper said today he couldn't comment on specific transactions and that the relationship with China is complex because the world giant has different political and economic systems.

The prime minister was speaking at a news conference in Senegal shortly before leaving for la Francophonie summit in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Harper's comments came a day after his government extended its review period for the proposed takeover of Calgary-based Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) by China's state-owned offshore oil company.

The NDP has called on Ottawa to block the $15.1-billion takeover and has cited various concerns, including national security.

Harper says some particular transactions raise concerns and that his government will ensure that the country's relationship with China serves the broader interests of the Canadian economy.


Organizations: Nexen Inc., TSX, NDP

Geographic location: China, Senegal, DAKAR Canada La Francophonie Democratic Republic of the Congo Ottawa

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