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The federal Conservative government is facing calls to stop stalling on a controversial trade deal with China, despite new U.S. allegations that the Chinese government has been stealing secrets from American companies.

"The situation is not materially different from the time when we negotiated the agreement," said Canadian Chamber of Commerce president Perrin Beatty, "other than it suggests that there's that much more reason to have protection for Canadian businesses operating in China."

The Canadian and Chinese governments signed the foreign-investment promotion and protection agreement in September 2012 after nearly two decades of negotiations.

The agreement is meant to provide greater protections from...

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