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Incoming Chinese ambassador Luo Zhaohui
Incoming Chinese ambassador Luo Zhaohui
(Chen Jingchao/)

Domestic politics a big hurdle in resetting Canada-China relations

At his farewell party last week, outgoing Chinese ambassador Zhang Junsai looked out at the assembled Ottawa dignitaries and declared “I have fulfilled my mission.” He knew it wasn’t completely true.

He had come from Australia three and a half years ago saying he’d just seen a dramatic expansion there in trade and ties with his country, and wanted to repeat it in Canada. In his first few years in Canada, it all seemed to be going gangbusters. Now, relations are drifting.