Canada's trade minister says the government expects Canadian business interest in China to slow given current tensions, but he is confident the two countries will work through their differences and allow economic ties to again flourish.
That confidence is based on the long and complex trading relationship between Canada and China, which has continued despite a recent "difficult period" between the two countries, Jim Carr told The Canadian Press in an interview Sunday.
"It's not an easy time. It's challenging," Carr said from Vancouver, where he was set to launch a weeklong campaign to promote Canada's newest trade deal, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP.
But, he added, "when we add the perspective of the relationship going back decades, and the importance of the continuing relationship, I'm confident we will move beyond this point and continue to broaden and deepen our relationship with the Chinese."