Sunday, September 23, 2012

China envoy warns Canada against politicizing Nexen deal

(Reuters) - China's ambassador to Canada warned in remarks published on Saturday against letting domestic politics drive the Canadian government's decision on whether to approve a Chinese state-owned oil company's proposed $15.1 billion takeover of Calgary-based Nexen Inc.

"Business is business. It should not be politicized," Ambassador Zhang Junsai said in an interview with Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper.

"If we politicize all this, then we can't do business," he added, referring to the Canadian Industry Ministry's review of CNOOC Ltd's proposal to buy the Canadian oil and gas producer.

The deal, if completed, would mark the first outright takeover of a large Canadian energy producer by a Chinese state-owned enterprise.

The ambassador also said negotiating a full free-trade agreement within a decade would be the best way of assuring fair, two-way trade and investment between China and Canada. Read More