Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is heading to China for an official visit and to attend the G20 leaders’ summit, in a trip that will be closely scrutinized for its impact on tepid relations with Beijing. Trudeau will find himself in the same position as his predecessors: torn between the pursuit of the tremendous economic opportunities China represents (it is already our second-largest trading partner) and the conviction that Canadian values must be promoted and upheld. At the same time, Canada has to keep its eyes firmly on the geopolitical shifts that have seen China’s military and commercial influence grow. Our contributors will look at a variety of themes in Sino-Canadian relations, including trade, education, diplomacy and human rights.

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