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Canada PM in South Korea for expected trade deal

Monday - 3/10/2014, 12:20pm  ET

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- Canada's prime minister has traveled to South Korea, where he is widely expected to announce a free-trade deal.

A South Korean delegation greeted Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday in Seoul.

There's no word yet on whether Harper plans to sign the final text of a free-trade deal with South Korea or is simply going to announce an agreement-in-principle in a staged photo-op.

A free-trade agreement with South Korea -- which Harper says is a gateway to deals with other Asian countries -- has been a decade in the making.

One major sticking point is the auto sector, with Canada having a 6.1 percent tariff on car imports.

Critics fear that if it is removed, the Canadian market would be flooded with Korean-made brands such as Hyundai and Kia.


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