Canada Drops Free Trade Talks With China: The Globe and Mail



Maria Ponnezhath, Shailesh Kuber | Reuters

A trade agreement between Canada and China is no longer worth pursuing, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said in an interview to The Globe and Mail, abandoning free trade talks that were initiated four years ago.“I don’t see the conditions being present now for these discussions to continue at this time,” Champagne added.

Champagne’s comment shelved the idea of a free trade deal with world’s second-largest economy for which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was under pressure from domestic critics who charged he was too willing to make concessions in return for more trade with China.

The Trudeau government has little appetite to get back to the convivial atmosphere it helped create four years ago, the report said adding that Champagne repeatedly criticized China for “assertive, coercive diplomacy.

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