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Canada will be able to continue with current canola export regime -Trudeau

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Li insisted through a translator that China is a country of the rule of law.

Later Wednesday, Trudeau met Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.

Evans said Ottawa's decision to sign on would be symbolically important in terms of Canada-China relations.

Saint-Jacques said the prime minister also made it clear that any deal with China must "address the impact of state-owned enterprises" and procurement.

The prime minister is joined on the visit by Morneau, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion and International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Canadian firms can benefit, too, he added. He is expected to meet with Chinese government leaders, businesspersons, and members of the general public. Canola is the country's second-largest trading product with China.

Trudeau did not provide details on his talks with Li about Garratt.

China agreed on Wednesday to delay introducing stricter rules on shipments of canola from Canada while both countries work to end a months-long trade spat over sales of the oilseed, offering an eleventh hour temporary reprieve for Canada's farmers.

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During Tuesday's event Trudeau mentioned his commitment to defending the last two, as well as expressing untempered support for trade and investment.

"The parties have agreed to prepare a feasibility study for the establishment of a free trade zone between China and Canada as soon as possible", the premier said at a news conference with Trudeau. "So, I'm very happy to be extending that effort now".

While only temporary, the exemption for Canada will be seen as a small victory for Trudeau.

In June China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi berated a Canadian journalist while visiting Ottawa for questioning Beijing's human rights record, saying her question was "full of prejudice and arrogance" and that she had "no right to speak".

"And by supporting this institution that's primarily initiated by China indicates that we're trying to build trust that China will use this institution for the greater good in a liberal, internationalist way and not simply as a device to expand its geopolitical reach".

The ambassador said the prime minister also spoke about individual consular cases, including Canadian Kevin Garratt, who was indicted on charges of espionage. "The individuals concerned will also be treated in a humanitarian way". He admitted to historical differences between the two countries, but maintained that mutual interests outweigh the differences, Xinhua reported. The Garratt family remains "extremely frustrated" by a lack of progress in securing his release and enabling him to obtain "critically-needed medical treatment".

Canada was nearly a decade ahead of the U.S.in recognizing the People's Republic of China - Pierre Trudeau was quoted in the Ottawa Citizen as early as December 1968 saying he wanted "a new China policy" and years of alienation "should not bind us forever".

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