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Canada's ratification of a foreign investment promotion and protection agreement with China signaled Ottawa's efforts to strengthen bilateral relations, a Canadian think tank expert told Xinhua on Thursday.

The ratification of the agreement ahead of this year's APEC meeting in Beijing is a signal that the Canadian government is looking toward strengthening its relations with China, said Domenico Lombardi, an expert on global economy from the Center for International Governance Innovation, a well-known Canadian think tank.

If this is the case, it is likely that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will prolong his stay in China in November, he said.

Harper is expected...

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