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OTTAWA (CP) - The games may be friendly but Canadian coach Even Pellerud is planning for some possible hostile conditions when the national women's team travels to China for two matches next month.

Pellerud hopes the games, May 3 and May 6 in Hangzou, will help prepare his team for this September's FIFA Women's World Cup. It will be Canada's first matches in China in three years.

"We are very fortunate to have this opportunity to visit the World Cup host country," Pellerud said in a release Tuesday. "It is important for us to identify travel issues, pollution issues, food issues, maybe even heat issues, all the small differences that are expected to become critical factors when we move into September."

FIFA's March world rankings had Canada 10th and China 11th.

Canada and China tied 0-0 and 1-1 in games last August in St. John's, NL. In 14 meetings since 1990, Canada is 2-10-2 against China.

Canada's last win over China was a 1-0 decision at the 2003 World Cup in Portland, Ore.

After the China series, the Canadian women will play the U.S. on May 12 in Frisco, Texas.

Canada played 17 matches in 2006, posting a 10-3-4 record.

The women's World Cup will take place from Sept. 10 to Sept. 30 in Wuhan, Chengdu, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Tianjin. The tournament's official draw is April 22.