While Canada moves to protect its economy from U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist agenda, Trump and his commerce secretary have been throwing punches at China, accusing its government of being protective and isolationist.
The relationship creates a potentially difficult trade triangle for Canada to navigate as the government seeks to open its borders to more trade.
But initiating talks with China is the right thing to do, says International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.
“In a world where people are talking about uncertainty and protectionism, Canada [represents] 0.5 per cent of the world population and we represent 2.2 per cent of global trade, he said in an interview on The West Block.
“So we have to be looking at markets, not only for today but prepare markets for years to come.”
And China is part of that plan. Ottawa has already signalled its intention to explore enhanced trade with China.
“I think sitting down with China is the right thing to do. We’re going to look at whether that’s in the Canadian interest, and if it is we’ll continue,” Champagne said.
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