来源：American Shipper 2017-12-10
翻译：国际海事信息网 姜文杰 张运鸿
Canada strengthens ties with China, but trade deal remains uncertain
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, agreed to continue exploratory discussions towards a comprehensive trade agreement.
Trudeau, who is in China from Dec. 3-7, announced on Monday new joint partnerships with China after concluding the second Annual Leaders’ Dialogue with Li.
Although the two countries have been in talks through Monday on whether to launch full negotiations on a trade deal, they did not reach an agreement, a Canadian government official said, according to a report from Bloomberg. However, talks are ongoing and full negotiations could still launch before Trudeau’s trip ends Thursday, the official staid.
“Moving forward on a trade agreement with China is a big thing, not a small thing,” Trudeau said in a speech in China this week. “Canadians understand how important it is to get it right, and we are ensuring that in the progress we made today in discussions, we are going to be able to continue to keep moving forward in a responsible way.”
China is Canada’s second largest trading partner, and Canada’s merchandise exports to China reached nearly $21 billion in 2016, up 4 percent year-over-year, with top exports being forest and agricultural products, copper and iron ores, and motor vehicles, according to a press release issued by Trudeau’s office.
“While in Beijing, Premier Li and I had discussions on a range of issues, from growing trade and investment, to combating climate change, to the importance of free expression,” Trudeau said. “I look forward to continuing discussions towards a comprehensive trade agreement, which will open up greater opportunities for people on both sides of the Pacific.”