Canadian businesses need to seize momentum after PM’s China visit

Sarah Kutulakos is the executive director of the Canada China Business Council, Canada’s largest and oldest organization devoted to building the economic ties between the two countries.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first official visit to China was by any measure a success, and probably the most successful visit by a Canadian prime minister in two decades, according to some old China hands. This is very good news for Canadians.

The Canada China Business Council (CCBC) focuses on building the economic links in our long and deep relationship. Sadly, despite the importance to Canada of continuing to expand our relationship – not only economically but culturally, diplomatically and on every other front – the Canadian media too often frame it as a binary choice: “Human Rights or Trade?”Of course, the answer must always be both/and, not either/or. It always has been in our relationship. This attempt to “dumb …