Canada will sell oil to China

Stephen Harper: "It's that simple."

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) – Canada will sell more oil to China but won’t shy away from raising the issue of human rights.

Canada has abundant supplies of virtually every form of energy and will sell to whoever wants to buy. “It’s that simple,” Harper said. “But in relations between China and Canada, you should expect us to continue to raise issues of fundamental freedoms and human rights.”

These remarks to a business group in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou were his first public comments on human rights since he arrived in China on Tuesday.

There were no senior Chinese officials in attendance.

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