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Prime Miniaster Justin Trudeau takes part in an eye-dotting ceremony to awaken the lion as he is given a tour of the Chen Clan Academy in Guangzhou, China on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Prime Miniaster Justin Trudeau takes part in an eye-dotting ceremony to awaken the lion as he is given a tour of the Chen Clan Academy in Guangzhou, China on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Trudeau departs China without securing start of free trade talks

WT24 Desk

GUANGZHOU, China — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau departed China on Thursday without securing the start of free trade talks with the world’s second-largest economy, but said Canadians need to lower their expectations about just how quick that will happen, according to CTV News.

Trudeau said differences need to be addressed on how Canada deals with China’s state-owned enterprises. He also said he is committed to standing up for Canadian values in a “respectful way,” including protecting the interests of Canadians behind bars.

“Canadians should be under no illusions that a free trade deal with China will be easy,” Trudeau told reporters before returning to Canada after a four-day visit.

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