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Fast Denies Government Rejected Chinese Free Trade Talks Offer

Posted May 12, 2015

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(BJ Siekierski – iPolitics)

Maybe China didn’t ask clearly enough.

In a committee appearance Monday, Trade Minister Ed Fast rejected an opposition MP’s assertion that the Harper government turned down an offer from the Chinese to launch bilateral free trade agreement negotiations.

It’s an interpretation that puts him at odds with the former president and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation, Yuen Pao Woo.

Last November, Australia concluded free trade negotiations with China, prompting Canadian business groups to call on the Conservatives to do the same and expand their already full plate of ongoing trade talks. Click here to read more.