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Inthe Canadian government adopted a new act aimed at curtailing all Chinese immigration. These highly discriminatory actions remain part of the historical record of Canadian-Chinese relations. A somewhat more positive note was struck in the late s. At the time, the Chinese Communists were engaged in a long military struggle against both Japanese invaders and Chinese nationalists. They suffered heavy casualties and had only the most primitive medical facilities to deal with them.
Suddenly there appeared on the scene a Canadian thoracic surgeon by the name of Norman Bethune. For two years, Dr. Bethune treated the wounded Communists and gained their long-lasting gratitude, including that of their leader, Mao Zedong.
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Bethune remains a revered figure in China to this day. Over the years I had numerous contacts with Chinese diplomats. In conversations with Canadians, they invariably brought up the name of Norman Bethune. In the late s and early s, relations took a turn for the worse. The Canadian government, in part in deference to the wishes of the United States, refused to recognize the new Communist government in Beijing.
It continued to recognize the exiled Chinese government in Taiwan and for 20 years voted to deny the admission of Communist China to the United Nations. For a period of nearly three years starting inthe two countries also became active enemies in the Korean War, when the Chinese sent up to three million soldiers to fight on the side of the North Koreans.
This was probably the lowest of low points in the bilateral relationship. Thereafter relations were to improve significantly. Inthe Canadian minister of agriculture, Alvin Hamilton, visited China on what was essentially a commercial mission. From this mission, there flowed a long series of agreements for the sale of Canadian wheat to China. At the same time, a number of leading Canadian industrialists and bankers also visited China and came home with glowing reports in which they strongly recommended that Canada should officially recognize the government in Beijing.
The stage was thus set for the pursuit of an amicable and productive relationship with China. The government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney built on the foundations laid by the Trudeau government.
The number of ministerial visits to China increased, as did the number of contacts and contracts between Canadian and Chinese firms. All of that activity came to an abrupt halt, however, in at the time of the Tiananmen Square massacre in the course of which Chinese soldiers killed hundreds of unarmed demonstrators.
Canada joined in the almost universal condemnation of the actions of the Chinese authorities and suspended all official contacts with the Chinese government.
Things began to pick up once again in the mids. The passage of time tended to blur memories of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and China was beginning to show the results of the economic reforms introduced by Deng Xiao Ping. The Chinese economy began to grow by leaps and bounds, and one country after another took note and began the process of actively culminating China in pursuit of economic advantage. Canada was no exception. On that mission, the prime minister was accompanied by most of the provincial premiers, by several cabinet ministers and by some Canadian business leaders.
Although many of the memoranda of understanding signed during his visit did not pan out, the symbolism of the visit was what mattered.
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Canada and China were once again on the path to building a solid economic relationship. Another hiatus occurred with the election of the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper in The prime minister and his colleagues chose to put the promotion of human rights rather than economic co-operation at the top of their agenda in relations with China.
This tended to sour relations between the two governments, since the Chinese were determined to resist any foreign interference in their internal affairs.
The stand of the Harper government won it some plaudits among human rights organizations but was greeted with dismay by the Canadian business community. InCanada posted its first ambassador in the Chinese wartime Nationalist capital of Chongqing. The embassy was moved to Nanjing in Canada faced a dilemma following the Communist victory in the Chinese Civil War in On many issues, Canada followed the lead of British and the US, but the two governments followed different policies on China.
The United Kingdom, under the control of a Socialist government itself, extended diplomatic recognition to the Communist Chinese, while the United States refused to recognize the Communist government.
After the Liberal victory in the Canadian federal election of and more discussion, Canada followed the British approach. With Canadian troops fighting with the United Nations forces, opposing Chinese troops, the continuation of diplomatic relations became untenable.
The Canadian embassy in Nanjing was closed on February 26, Thereafter, Canada maintained diplomatic relations with the Republic of China, whose government had evacuated to Taiwan after losing to the Communists. However, Canada did not send an ambassador to the Nationalist Chinese capital of Taipei. Instead, relations were maintained through the Nationalist Chinese ambassador in Ottawa. Harper stated his belief in Canadian values such as human rights should not be trumped by the "almighty dollar".
Harper also delayed a planned meeting between the foreign ministers, and increased the level of Canadian involvement in Taiwan, further displeasing Beijing.
Harper notably did not attend the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics in As revealed by U. A number of high level official visits took place in this period. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty led a high-profile delegation to China to enhance economic and financial ties. After the meetings, Hu Jintao, Wen and Harper agreed to build stronger relations, particularly in the economic sphere.
She also visited GuangdongSichuan and Beijing. Harper met with both President Hu and Premier Wen, and signed a number of economic agreements including a uranium export treaty,  and a foreign investment treatywhich was linked by the media to further potential Chinese investment in the Athabasca oil sandsand which had been negotiated for eighteen years. Chinese officials suggested that the next logical step would be a free trade agreementwhich Canadian officials promised to study.China's arrest of a Canadian 'no coincidence' - Power & Politics
Trudeau paid an official visit to China from Aug 30 to Sept 7,days before the G20 meeting in Hangzhou. However, such visit failed to get a balanced relationship with China. The two countries pledged to enhance cooperation on education, research, innovation, culture, diversity, agriculture and tourism.
We continue to call for the release of all political prisoners. Trudeau said that the federal government was aware of the intended arrest but had no involvement in the process while the PRC government protested the arrest made by Canadian authorities.
Then the senior adviser in Hong Kong for the International Crisis Group, a conflict resolution think tank based in BrusselsKovrig had worked for the diplomatic service in Beijing and Hong Kong until As of 12 December, the Chinese government had released few specifics as to the reason for the detention, but Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said the International Crisis Group was not registered in China and hence, "once its staff become engaged in activities in China, it has already violated the law".
Lu also reaffirmed his country's demand that the "Canadian side should immediately release the detained Ms. Meng Wanzhou and to protect her legitimate rights and interests".
Trudeau said that the government is treating the situation "very seriously", had been in touch with diplomats from China, and was providing consular assistance to Kovrig. Trudeau called the detention of the two Canadians "not acceptable" and planned to work with Chinese authorities to make that clear to them.
While Canada was merely responding to an arrest warrant issued by a court in New York state, China had not taken steps against Americans because it "wants to improve its relations with the U.