Trade Agreement Between China And Canada

China remains Canada`s second-largest trading partner. But the Canadian economy is also increasingly skeptical of China, whose reliability has been called into question by the repeated use of trade measures in political conflicts. According to Fraser Johnson, a professor at Western University`s Ivey School of Business, political tensions are unlikely to lead to a major long-term disruption to trade between the two countries. He said, “I really can`t imagine it happening. There is too much at stake. I don`t think either country wants to hurt the relationship. [119] Nevertheless, for Canada`s free trade plans with China, “it is still important that they take it off the table,” Professor Houlden said. Canada-China relations or Sino-Canadian relations officially date back to 1942, when Canada sent an ambassador to China. Previously, Canada had been represented by the British ambassador. The Communist victory (1949) in the Chinese Civil War caused a rift in relations that lasted until 1970, when Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau became one of the first Western leaders to recognize the People`s Republic of China. Canada is home to a large Chinese diaspora that influences the diplomatic and other dimensions. Hong Kong has been officially part of China since 1997 and relations have recently been exacerbated by tensions between the Chinese Communist Party and protesters in that city. [1] The main commodities of trade between Canada and China are chemicals, metals, industrial and agricultural machinery and equipment, wood products and fishery products.

[111] The impasse in the FIPA negotiations does not help anyone in Canada or China. But Ottawa should really turn its attention to building a free trade agreement with Beijing. Prime Minister Harper`s visit to the People`s Republic in December 2009 could be used to explore the possibility of a bilateral trade agreement between the two countries. If the first discussions prove fruitful, it would be a crucial moment in the Conservative government`s trade policy. It would also send an undeniable signal to the international community that Canada remains firmly committed to multilateralism and diplomacy and strongly opposes all forms of protectionism. It is equally important that a China-Canada free trade agreement likely supports China`s economic development and improves the living, working and social security conditions of many of the country`s impoverished citizens. To this end, the Conservative Party should not allow its principles to undermine an initiative to promote free trade with the PRC. China is certainly a violation of human rights, but it is not irreparable and the punishment of Hu Jintao`s government is unlikely to bear fruit in public opinion. If Canada wants to improve the human rights situation of Chinese workers and dissidents, Ottawa should follow a course of constructive engagement, articulated in the commitment to create a mutually beneficial trade agreement with Beijing. A pragmatic attitude – towards a principled attitude – will eventually produce better long-term results for Canada and China. 2019: Canada`s ambassador to China, John McCallum, resigns in January following some unguarded remarks about the Meng case to Chinese-language media.

Months later, the Trudeau government appointed business adviser Dominic Barton, a longtime advocate of stronger trade relations with China, to succeed McCallum. At that time, the Sino-Canadian divide widened: China halted imports of Canadian rapeseed, meat and other products, while Mr. Trudeau is asking the U.S. to wait for a trade deal with China until the imprisoned Canadians are released. . . .