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Canada just a ‘distant speckle’ to China: analysts
Description: As Stephen Harper goes courting in China this week, several sinologists are offering a sobering analysis of the Canada-China relationship. Liu Institute Professor, Paul Evans, argues China has been a challenge for Conservatives who came to power in 2006 with “little experience in foreign affairs [and] an ideological antipathy for China.” The Harper crowd realized in 2007 their approach was a failure, Evans says, and reversed gears in 2009 with Harper’s first trip to China. He says Harper may be set on re-engaging with China but he has yet to explain, beyond economics, what’s behind Canada’s sudden interest.
Date: 09 February 2012
Author: Barbara Yaffe
Source: Vancouver Sun, Thu Feb 9 2012, Page B2
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