Trips to China are mostly about playing to the home crowd
Despite the hype, prime ministerial trips to China don't actually accomplish much beyond allowing our leaders to score political points at home.
Former prime minister Stephen Harper and wife Laureen Harper during a visit to China in 2012, with panda bear Er Shun, one of two pandas that were leant by China to Canada. Angelo Persichilli writes that prime ministerial visits to China do not accomplish much. Photograph by Angelo Persichilli