Justin Trudeau’s visit to China will set tone of his approach to Beijing

Justin Trudeau heads to China this month on a visit that’s expected to lay the groundwork for his approach to Canada’s sometimes-bumpy relationship with the world’s second-biggest economy.

The prime minister’s week-long tour, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 6, will stop in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Hangzhou for the G20 leaders’ summit.

Trudeau has signalled his intention to deepen business ties with China, as his government looks to make inroads into the rapidly expanding Asian markets. The push could one day lead to a free-trade deal, something China has said it would like to pursue.

But Trudeau will also have to carefully balance any pursuit of business ambitions in China with concerns over human rights in the country.

He has already been forced to deal with one high-profile irritant between the two countries.

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