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Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau in China

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EIRNS—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in China Sunday, where he plans to hold talks for a bilateral Free Trade Agreement between Canada and China, which would be a first for the G7 countries. The Globe and Mail writes : "The Liberal government insists it is still mulling this venture that polls show would divide Canadians, but business lobbyists — including Canadian Chamber of Commerce president Perrin Beatty — say they expect the announcement during what is Mr. Trudeau’s second official trip to China. This move, an effort to diversify outside of the United States’ orbit, would also be a signal to the protectionist Trump administration that Canada is making backup plans as NAFTA negotiations sour."

Trudeau will meet both Li Keqiang and Xi Jinping in Beijing today, before travelling to Guangzhou for trade talks.

The Globe and Mail takes issue with Trudeau having once said that he admired the fact that China’s "basic dictatorship" allowed their economy to "turn their economy around on a dime." Trudeau, unlike Obama, took Canada into the AIIB.

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