Trudeau sets sights on free-trade deal with China

January 5, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be hitting the road this year, promoting Canadian business and investment with major trade missions to China and India along with a keynote address to the World Economic Forum dedicated to the Canadian economy in Switzerland. The government's trade missions to China and India will likely take place in March, after holding bilateral trade meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington.

Canada has been pursuing a free-trade deal with India for years, with the most recent talks taking place last March. The country's relationship with China cooled during the Harper administration, but many hope that Mr. Trudeau will be able to use his father's legacy of diplomacy in the country to bolster Canada's economic relationship. "We have a unique opportunity, given the high regard in which the Prime Minister's father is held in China," one official said. "It isn't hyperbole. They still look at Pierre Trudeau as the first Western leader to open his arms to China, which, in a society that treats history the way it does, is as if it happened yesterday."

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