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Trump creates seriously damaging rift between Canada and China

By David Crane       

Donald Trump is undermining Canada’s bid to establish closer economic ties with China, pushing Canada to take the U.S. side in his aggressive economic and trade war against China.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on Nov. 30, 2018, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the USMCA signing ceremony. The U.S. goal is to isolate China and hamper China’s bid to advance its capabilities in advanced technologies such as semiconductors, artificial intelligence, aviation and aerospace, clean energy and biosciences, curbing China’s potential as a globally influential superpower. In this game of great power politics, the U.S. is putting intense pressure on traditional U.S. allies, including Canada, to support U.S. polices designed to hurt China. What will Canada do? Photograph courtesy: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

TORONTO—U.S. President Donald Trump couldn’t have planned it better.

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