BEIJING ( AP) — Canada and China have signed agreements to boost bilateral investment and promote energy exports to China as Ottawa seeks to diversify its oil sales.

The agreements were signed today during the first full day of a visit by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Harper wants to push oil sales and closer economic ties following President Barack Obama’s rejection of a pipeline carrying Canadian oil across the continental United States.

Harper is heading a 40- strong delegation of Canadian business leaders.

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