OTTAWA – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s blitz in Ottawa this weekend offered the Liberal government a unique opportunity to brag a strong alliance.
A slip by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – he mentioned, twice rather than one, the strong ties between Canada and … China – has come to overshadow what was otherwise a warm encounter between the leaders of two allied countries that face common threats and face the same challenges.
Abe was welcomed Sunday morning by Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill. Both celebrated the creation last year of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade alliance of 11 Pacific Rim countries.
“This agreement is for the citizens of both our countries, for workers and for consumers,” said Trudeau, to the approval of his Japanese counterpart. He pointed out that this trade agreement gave Canadian farmers an advantage over their American counterparts.
“There are many Canadian farmers who are benefiting from the sharp increase in our exports of oxen and hogs to Japan in recent months, while Americans can not count on this kind of access.”
According to Abe, the entry into force of the new Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPP) has allowed Japanese consumers to enjoy “high-quality Canadian products in Japan”. He added that he had high hopes that exports of high quality Japanese products to Canada will increase.
“We are very pleased to see the development of our bilateral relations and our partnerships in various areas, including our economic [and] security cooperation.”
During a photo opportunity in his Parliament office, Mr. Trudeau could not help but put his feet in the dishes by recalling 90 years of diplomatic relations between “Canada and China”, before correct the shot immediately. Earlier, he launched the joint press conference stating, “I am very, very happy that you have found time to celebrate, as we do every day, this beautiful friendship between Canada and China. Thank you Shinzo “.
Azo said there are deep differences between the United States and China, but he wants to build a bridge between the two countries.
“Japan and Canada share the same values of freedom, human rights, the rule of law,” he said. The international community must be inspired, unite and encourage China to play a constructive role. ”
The Japanese leader arrived Saturday in Ottawa, a few hours after playing golf with US President Donald Trump in Virginia.