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Trudeau Ramps Up Courtship of Xi Amid China Free-Trade Talk

  • ‘Deal can be achieved,’ prime minister’s envoy in Beijing says
  • Canada to host next round of negotiations this spring
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What to Expect From Trump, Xi Florida Meeting

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is doubling down on a push to deepen ties with China, with Canada’s new envoy signaling he can move ahead on a free-trade deal without quickly advancing extradition treaty talks.

Former immigration minister John McCallum arrived in mid-March to take his post as Trudeau’s ambassador, and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping within a day of arrival. His message was clear: Trudeau wants even deeper ties than he and Xi had previously committed to.