During the prime minister’s first official visit to China, Justin Trudeau plans to strengthen economic ties and bring up the case of a Canadian who has been detained since 2014.
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By: Olivia Yang
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau landed in China today on his first official visit to the country since taking office. His eight-day visit, which concludes on Sept. 7, includes meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) and Premier Li Keqiang (李克強), and his participation at the G20 leaders’ summit in Hangzhou.
Among his goals to “reset” the relationship and strengthen economic ties between the two countries, Trudeau also intends to raise the issue of jailed Canadian Kevin Garratt, who was detained in China on spying allegations in 2014.
During a Q&A with reporters in Canada in June, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (王毅) reprimanded a reporter for touching on Garratt’s case.
“I have to say that your question is full of prejudice against China and arrogance. I don’t know where that comes from. This is totally unacceptable,” Wang said at the time, sparking controversy in Canada. [FULL STORY]