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Chasing China: Why an Economic Agreement with China Is Necessary for Canada’s Continued Prosperity

Laura Dawson

China’s growing economy represents an opportunity for Canada to improve trade relations and benefit economically from a consistent partnership with China crafted through the creation of an economic agreement.

Chasing China: Why an Economic Agreement with China Is Necessary for Canada’s Continued Prosperity

Although Canada has been building its economic relationship with China, its approach has been inconsistent, even as China is aggressively securing partnerships with other western countries. Canada risks being left out of China’s economic growth plans, to the detriment of Canadian manufacturers and exporters. The analysis in this study suggests that a free trade agreement between Canada and China would generate significant economic gains for Canada, help diversify its export markets, and make it a more attractive location in North America for globally oriented investment.

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About the Author

Laura Dawson

Laura Dawson

Former Director, Canada Institute;
Former Senior Economic Analyst, U.S. Embassy, Ottawa, Canada
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Canada Institute

Bound by common geopolitical interests and strong economic and cultural ties, Canada and the United States enjoy the world's most successful bilateral relationship. The Wilson Center's Canada Institute is the only public policy forum in the world dedicated to the full spectrum of Canada-U.S. issues. The Canada Institute is a global leader for policymakers, academics and business leaders to engage in non-partisan, informed dialogue about the current and future state of the relationship.     Read more