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Trudeau explores trade deal with China

Monday, December 04, 2017 - 01:14

On a visit to Beijing, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country will continue to explore a trade agreement with Beijing. As Fred Katayama reports, he's weighing Canada's options after the U.S. threatened to pull out of the NAFTA deal.

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BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS~ **Broadcasters: NONE Digital: NONE**~ After a red carpet welcome and inspecting the honor guard in Beijing, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got down to business. He told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang his country will continue to explore a trade agreement with Beijing. He said it would benefit both countries and strengthen the middle class. SOUNDBITE: CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "With China as with all our trading partners, we're committed to pursuing progressive trade that benefits everyone, trade that puts people first and reflects Canadian values, especially when it comes to labor, the environment, and gender." Li said China's open to the idea. His country wants a trade pact similar to the ones it notched with Australia and New Zealand. SOUNDBITE: CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "We will continue to explore the China-Canada free trade agreement and study its feasibility." Trudeau is treading carefully because Canadians are split over the merits of a trade deal. His country wants to diversify its exports. Canada needs to offset any damage it'll suffer if the U.S. carries out its threat to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Trudeau explores trade deal with China

Monday, December 04, 2017 - 01:14