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This article includes comments from CIGI's Director of the Global Economy Program Domenico Lombardi.

With the resolution of key trade disputes, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and China’s Premier Li Keqiang signalled deepening economic ties between the two countries, opening the door to the possibility of a free trade agreement.

At a joint press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, the two leaders said they aim to double trade by 2025 and had resolved longstanding issues of access for Canadian beef and canola to China, while several companies signed commercial deals. They also announced talks aimed at an eventual free trade agreement.

“This bilateral trade deal with China...

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