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APEC Summit: Trudeau and Xi Jinping exchanged only a cursory greeting Canada-China relations

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged a perfunctory greeting Thursday at the annual gathering of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in San Francisco.

Because the two countries’ names begin with the same letter, China and Canada regularly meet when leaders gather to take photos at the summit.

Presidents and prime ministers of countries participating in the 2023 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit take a group photo in San Francisco.

Photography: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

US President Joe Biden spent four hours with his Chinese counterpart on Wednesday in an attempt to ease ongoing tensions. It remains to be seen whether Mr. Trudeau plans to follow in President Biden’s footsteps.

I think it’s a good thing for the United States that the two presidents are having a discussion. I think it’s good for the world.

The two leaders agreed to resume military contacts and reached a preliminary agreement on reducing the flow of fentanyl into the United States.

Relations between the United States and China were tested in 2022 when Nancy Pelosi, then Speaker of the House of Representatives, visited Taiwan. But things got quite chilly last summer after a Chinese spy balloon was spotted drifting in North American airspace.

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Relations between Canada and China have also not been exactly warm in recent years.

Beijing has detained Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig for nearly three years, a move widely seen as retaliation for Canada’s detention of Meng Wanzhou, the head of Chinese multinational Huawei, during the same period.

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China has imposed a multi-year ban on Canadian imports of beef and canola, citing concerns about unspecified pests.

A year after the Canadian government described China as a global subversive force and held Beijing responsible for attempted foreign interference, the Chinese government has abandoned Canada by easing restrictions on mass travel.

In September, Ottawa appointed Marie-Josée Hogue, a temporary judge on the Quebec Court of Appeal, to lead a public inquiry into foreign interference in federal electoral processes and democratic institutions, with a mandate targeting China, Russia and other foreign countries or otherwise. – State actors.

Earlier this year, conservative Congressman Michael Chung testified before a US congressional committee about his experiences as a target of Chinese coercion and disinformation campaigns.