Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang wave during happier times between the two countries. The best approach to take now with China might be to not kowtow to the Asian powerhouse but also endeavour to allow the situation to cool and avoid provoking the dragon.  |  Reuters/Chris Wattie photo

Irresponsible ‘tough talk’ with China useless: Champagne

OTTAWA (Reuters) — Canada will keep pressing China to improve its human rights record but has no interest in irresponsible tough talk, says foreign minister Francois-Philippe Champagne. Bilateral ties between the two nations effectively froze in December 2018 when Canadian police picked up a senior Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. executive on a U.S. arrest warrant. […] Read more

Don’t expect too much, no matter what happens with Meng

Whatever happens Wednesday, China will not be a market we can count on again

Tomorrow (Wednesday) a B.C. Supreme Court judge will release the ruling on whether or not to uphold the validity of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s arrest and detention on a U.S. extradition request. A lot of people are hoping Meng gets released, goes back to China, that China calms down, the two Michaels are released and […] Read more

China recently denounced an Australian government suggestion that it might hold an inquiry into the origins and the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by threatening imports. Australia is not the only country to face these threats. | Reuters photo

China flexes economic muscles with exporters

Canadian farmers might feel hurt and alone in the abuse they are suffering from China’s belligerent government. But in being hit in the pocketbook by China, Canadian farmers are sharing a situation being experienced by a growing cohort of targeted developed world industries. “China is having disputes with an awful lot of countries simultaneously,” said […] Read more


During a telephone interview with The Western Producer from his home in Montreal, Guy Saint-Jacques, who was ambassador to China from 2012-16, explained that China is a dodgy market for a number of reasons.
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China is risky business

Canadian farmers and exporters of agri-foods should focus their attention on regions and countries other than China, says a former ambassador to China. Yes, China is a huge opportunity but it’s an opportunity that comes with huge risks. “The (exporting) companies should make full use of the free trade agreements that have been negotiated,” said […] Read more

Despite enjoying the support of a high proportion of western canola growers, Conservative party leader Scheer has sounded a hawkish rather than conciliatory note when talking about China.
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With Canada-China relations, how did things ever get so far?

An opportunity for China to calm down things with Canada?

How did things ever get so far? I’m hoping somebody high up in the Chinese government is thinking that today, as its relationships with multiple countries are strained and have suffered considerable damage in the last couple of years. Canada is not the least of those strained relationships and deepening bad blood, with two Canadian […] Read more


Canada will play “Good cop, bad cop” with China

Either way, Canada shows few signs of buckling. It's not in Canada's nature

Canada’s playing Good cop/Bad cop with China. It’s not an intentional strategy. It’s just the way that the psychology of this country is breaking down. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party are the ‘Good cop’ gang, hoping to use reasonableness, seeming friendliness, understanding and offers of help to get China to back off […] Read more