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Harper Says Canada, China Agree Europe Must Solve Crisis Itself

February 12, 2012

Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said European nations shouldn’t rely on other countries to help them fund a resolution to the debt crisis in the region, a position he said is also supported by China.

Harper, speaking to reporters in Chongqing, China, at the end of a four-day visit to the country, said he discussed the issue in his meetings this week with Chinese leaders.

“Europe is a rich series of economies that have the capacity of directly addressing the issues that lie before them,” Harper said, in response to a question of whether the International Monetary Fund should do more to help Europe. “And without speaking for the Chinese government, I think it would be fair to say that they would broadly agree with our assessment of the situation.”

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