China open to historic free-trade deal with Canada under certain provisos

Months before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to lead a trade mission to China and India, with a particular focus on opening wide-ranging free-trade talks with Beijing, the Chinese government has said it would be open to a free-trade partnership with Canada under certain conditions. Vice-Minister of Financial and Economic Affairs Han Jun stressed the removal of restrictions enacted by the Harper government on Chinese state-owned investments in Canada's oil and gas sector. But the Vice-Minister also called for a commitment to build an energy pipeline to the coast, which critics say is not feasible.  Mr. Jun targeted the clean technology industry, oil and gas sectors, and agricultural industry as being of particular interest to Chinese investors. "During the term of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau there are rare, historical opportunities between China and Canada," he said.

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