02/06/2012 04:00 EST | Updated 04/06/2012 05:12 EDT

Stephen Harper China Trip: Energy Top Of Agenda As PM Brings Energy Executives


OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to China today, and in addition to a political entourage, he's bringing along a who's-who of Canada's energy sector.

Harper is travelling with the presidents of several oil and gas companies, including those involved in major pipeline projects.

One of those projects — the Northern Gateway — is considered key to helping Canada export more oil to China.

But it's not just the energy business fuelling Harper's four-day trip to the Middle Kingdom.

He's also bringing along leadership from the agricultural, transportation and education sectors, hoping to beef up Canada-China relations in those fields.

While on his three-city tour, Harper will also meet with current and future Chinese political leaders to set the stage for a long-term relationship between the two countries.

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