Discussion: Premier Li Keqiang visits Canada

Premier Li Keqiang’s recent visit to Canada was a first by a Chinese premier in 13 years. But despite that, China and Canada have seen flourishing ties, especially in trade. China is Canada’s second biggest trading partner, with a two-way trade volume of more than 50 billion US dollars. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he and Premier Li agreed to try to double that number by 2025. Both countries are seeking to strengthen exchanges and deepen bilateral cooperation, and have launched an annual dialogue mechanism between Li and Trudeau. For some discussion to see where the future of bilateral ties is headed, we sit down with Yang Xiyu, senior fellow at the China Institute of International Studies, and Daniel Cheng, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Bennett Jones and former Managing Director of the Canada-China business council. Over in Vancouver, we have Yves Tiberghien, Director of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia and Senior Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

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