Canadian Views on China

From Ambivalence to Distrust
Research paper Updated 31 August 2021 Published 22 July 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78413 405 1
China’s President Xi Jinping and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend
a session on women’s workforce participation, future of work and aging societies at the
G20 Summit on 29 June 2019 in Osaka, Japan.
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Canadian attitudes towards China have undergone a dramatic shift – from ambivalence to distrust – since the two countries became locked in a diplomatic dispute in late 2018. This paper argues that these hardened sentiments are unlikely to dissipate and Canada–China relations seem to have entered a new, warier phase.