A 50th anniversary with the potential for fireworks, but no celebration

Prime Minister Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li in Ottawa in September 2016 (courtesy PMO).

This week marks 50 years since Canada, with a prime minister holding the surname Trudeau, formally recognized the government of the People’s Republic of China. Normally, golden anniversaries are cause for great celebration, but the world is not normal right now. Or at least it’s not in a state we want to believe is normal. It’s well-documented that the Canada-China relationship is as cold as it’s been in many years, with the mercury dropping a long way from 2017 when there were actual expectations of progress on a bilateral trade deal when the younger Prime Minister Trudeau visited Beijing. Since…

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