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Canada's Trudeau seeks to improve ties with China

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Staff writer ▼ | November 17, 2015
Canada's new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met China's top leader, seeking to revive political ties and boost trade to help energize a faltering economy.
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Canadian executives and even the foreign ministry say relations with China spluttered from early 2006 to October 2015, when Stephen Harper's Conservatives were in power.

"We have an opportunity to set a fresh approach in our relationship," Trudeau told Chinese President Xi Jinping as they met on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in Turkey.

"I certainly hope that this is going to be an era of greater cooperation and mutual benefit," he said, inviting Xi to visit. A Canadian official said the two agreed to explore the possibility of a free trade treaty, but gave no further details.

Trudeau says increasing trade with major economies such as China and India will create more jobs.

In 2014, Canadian exports to China totaled C$19.4 billion ($14.6 billion) while imports were worth C$58.6 billion. By comparison, Canadian exports to the United States last year hit C$376.2 billion and imports were C$278.4 billion.