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  • Canada & China: Trudeau ramps up courtship of Xi amid China free-trade talk

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is doubling down on a push to deepen ties with China, with Canada’s new envoy signaling he can move ahead on a free-trade deal without quickly advancing extradition treaty talks.

    Former immigration minister John McCallum arrived in mid-March to take his post as Trudeau’s ambassador, and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping within a day of arrival. His message was clear: Trudeau wants even deeper ties than he and Xi had previously committed to.

    “Justin Trudeau told me very clearly he wants to do more with China -- he wants to do more than the leaders had previously agreed to just recently,” McCallum said by phone from Beijing. “It takes two to tango, but I think the Chinese are also wanting to go in this direction.”


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    China Surpasses Canada as Top Buyer of U.S. Crude

    China became the biggest buyer of U.S. crude oil in February, surpassing Canada, at a time when OPEC is cutting back output.

    China imported 8.08 million barrels of U.S. light crude, nearly quadrupling its January purchases, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau Tuesday. That helped boost U.S. exports to a record 31.2 million barrels during the month. Canada, the U.S.’s largest trade partner, imported 6.84 million, down 20 percent from a month earlier.