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Canada and China to explore the possibility of a free trade agreement

September 30, 2016

Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, met with the Premier of of China, Li Keqiang, during his first official visit to Canada September 21 to 24, 2016.

The two leaders agreed to launch exploratory discussions for a possible Canada-China Free Trade Agreement and set a goal of doubling bilateral trade by 2025.

During the meeting it was agreed to expand Chinese market access to Canadian bone-in beef and to advance several key initiatives to support the trade of Canadian beef and pork, bovine genetics, Chinese pears and filled grain products.

The two countries also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on trade in canola between Canada and China. The agreement provides a science-based approach for Canadian canola producers and allows trade between the two countries to continue on an uninterrupted basis through early 2020. Exports of canola will continue under existing conditions.

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