Alberta-China sign framework deal on energy
EDMONTON - Alberta and China have signed what they term a landmark deal to increase trade ties and collaboration with China.
Alberta Energy Minister Ken Hughes says the framework on sustainable energy development gives Alberta direct access to decision-makers and strategists at the highest levels in China.
Hughes, who spoke to reporters from Beijing, said the deal's importance was highlighted by the presence of the Chinese president and Canadian Gov. Gen. David Johnston.
He says the deal is a critical step toward increasing trade with China and called the Asian country â€” quote â€” "the single most important market Alberta will have for the next 50 years."
The non-binding intergovernmental agreement is said to be the first of its kind between China and a Canadian province.
Hughes is meeting with officials in Korea, China and Japan to work on expanding markets for Alberta resources.