Trudeau: Canada cheers China on

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

trad­ing part­ner, behind only the US, as two-way mer­chan­dise ship­ments to­taled C$78 bil­lion two years ago.

About 1.5 mil­lion of Canada’s re­la­tions with China and has moved to im­prove re­la­tions with Bei­jing.

China re­mem­bers Pierre Trudeau’s outreach, ac­cord­ing to Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, whom the younger Trudeau met on the side­lines of the G20 meet­ing in Tur­key last November soon after be­com­ing prime min­is­ter. Xi called the el­der Trudeau a man of ex­tra­or­di­nary po­lit­i­cal vi­sion.

A Trudeau spokesman said a trade pact with China is be­ing ex­plored, and the prime min­is­ter has said he looks for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to en­gage with Chi­nese lead­ers and that “ties with China need to be im­proved”.

Trudeau also has raised the prospect of a free trade agree­ment (FTA) with China, which had been re­vived fol­low­ing his meet­ing with Xi.

NA LI / CHINA DAILY

Canada Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau speaks to Brooke Unger, Amer­i­cas ed­i­tor of The Econ­o­mist, at the 2016 Canada Sum­mit on Wed­nes­day in Toronto. Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau

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