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Jun 30, 2023

Canada’s role in the context of U.S.-China strategic competition is significant, given its historical relationships with both countries. While Canada normalized relations with China in 1970 and sought to strengthen the Canada-China relationship over the decades, its recent Indo-Pacific Strategy takes a much firmer stance than seen in the past, referring to China as a “disruptive power” that disregards international rules; nevertheless, Canada also recognizes that China will have to play an essential role in solving global challenges.

When it comes to relations with and approaches to China, where do American and Canadian strategic interests and priorities overlap? Where do the United States and Canada see things differently? What are the main factors driving these dynamics?

In an interview conducted June 22, 2023Diana FuGordon Houlden, and Pascale Massot discuss Canada-China relations and areas where the U.S. and Canadian Indo-Pacific Strategies converge and diverge.

About the speakers

0:00-5:51 U.S.-Canadian policy comparison

5:51-14:27 Canada's reaction to Beijing

14:27- 24:50 China-Canada cooperation 

Canada's Indo-Pacific Strategy: 

Canada's Indo-Pacific Strategy: New initiatives and resources:

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