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Canada Can Avoid Offending U.S. by Pursuing Sectoral Trade With China Says New Report

Posted October 11, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Andy Blatchford – Canadian Press)

Dozens of experts are urging Canada to choose a surgical, sector-by-sector approach when it comes to expanding its trading relationship with China rather than a sweeping free trade deal that could risk provoking the United States, says a new report.

The Public Policy Forum paper, to be released Thursday, lays out a suggested blueprint for Canadian policy-makers at a time when Ottawa has struggled in its efforts to deepen business ties with the Asian superpower.

The study will also arrive after Canada recently agreed to a free trade pact with the U.S. and Mexico, a deal that includes a controversial new clause requiring the countries to notify each other if they enter into trade talks with a "non-market" economy. Click here to read more.