중국 지도자로는 8년 만에 처음으로 캐나다를 공식방문중인 후진타오 주석은 10일 수도 오타와에서 캐나다 정부 고위관리와 재계 지도자들과 만나고 있습니다.

후진타오 주석과 폴 마틴 캐나다 총리는 핵에너지 연구와 개발, 관광, 환경보호 및 교역분야의 협력을 증진하기로 9일 합의했습니다.

후진타오 주석은 9일 오타와에서 가진 기자회견에서 양국관계를 전략적 동반관계로 격상시킨 것은 양국이 함께 내린 결정이라고 밝혔습니다.

중국은 캐나다에게 미국에 이어 두 번째로 큰 교역상대국입니다.

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China's President Hu Jintao says China and Canada have agreed to form a strategic partnership in energy and trade, deepening their increasingly important economic relationship.

Mr. Hu, the first Chinese leader to visit Canada in eight years, is continuing his state visit to Canada today (Saturday) in Ottawa, meeting senior government and business leaders.

Mr. Hu and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin signed agreements Friday pledging cooperation in nuclear-energy research and development, tourism, environmental protection and trade.

The Chinese president told reporters in the Canadian capital it was a mutual decision to upgrade the two countries' relationship to one of "strategic partnership." Prime Minister Martin agreed, saying that relations between Canada and China have never been more important than they are now.

China is Canada's second largest trading partner, after the United States.

The Canadian prime minister says he pressed Mr. Hu on China's human-rights record, particularly on Tibet and the Falun Gong spiritual movement. Mr. Martin said he called on China to permit "greater freedom of expression, association, religion and faith."

Mr. Hu said the Chinese leadership feels civil rights for all is of great importance, but his top priority is the survival and development of his nation's 1.3 billion people.

President Hu (who arrived in Canada Thursday) is visiting Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara Falls. After traveling to Mexico and then to New York for the opening of the U.N. General Assembly next week, he is scheduled to stop in (the Pacific Coast city of) Vancouver.