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Impact of U.S.-China Tension on Canada Unclear, New Ambassador Says

Posted January 26, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Canadian Press)

The federal government’s new ambassador to China says Canada can cultivate strong ties there without jeopardizing its relationship with the U.S.

But John McCallum, the former immigration minister appointed ambassador to China earlier this month, says it’s also too early to tell whether a potential trade war between those two superpowers could catch Canada in the crossfire.

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to take punitive economic measures against China, accusing it of destroying the U.S. economy. If China retaliates with measures of its own, some see the potential for a tit-for-tat tariffs dispute that could drag Canada’s economy down as well. Then, there’s the diplomatic question of what could happen if Canada is seen favouring one relationship over the other. Click here to read more.