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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire, meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, before dinner at the G20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou, China in September 2016. Trudeau is in China to discuss a trade deal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Why there won’t be a ‘progressive’ Canada-China trade deal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in China to discuss a trade deal. It's laughable for Canada to believe it can negotiate a "progressive" trade agenda with the Chinese.
Donald Trump’s and Rodrigo Duterte’s mutual admiration could bring about a thaw in U.S.-Philippine relations. Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha

Did Trump’s charm offensive work in the Philippines?

When Obama was president, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to break up with America. Is it time to make up?
This display of Chinese characters represents the Chinese leadership’s ‘Five Major Development Concepts’ ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Reuters/Thomas Peter

As China prepares for its Communist Party Congress, what will it mean for the rest of the world?

No-one knows quite how things will play out, but most likely Xi will bend the norms of the party to allow him to place enough supporters in key posts without completely upending the system.
A Japanese man watches a TV news program on a public screen in Tokyo showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un amid reports the North Korean leader has inspected a hydrogen bomb meant for a new intercontinental ballistic missile. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

As North Korean missiles fly, Canada faces a crisis of conscience

As North Korea ups the missile ante, it's time for Canada to take a meaningful stand against China's continued sly backing of its atrocious ally.
While Xi Jinping will no doubt continue as general secretary of the party, the question is whether he will be able to install enough people loyal to him. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

China

There are many key events to watch for this year in China, but by far the most significant is the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, likely to be held in November. The congress is held…
A Trump administration raises many questions about how America’s relationships with other world powers will play out. Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

Loose-cannon Trump enters the tinderbox of US-Russia-China relations

Far from 'making America great again', Donald Trump's sloganeering will deepen mistrust of US motives and irreparably damage any prospect of co-existence, let alone a more co-operative world order.
Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands of the South China Sea. U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters

Why is the South China Sea so important to the US?

The Trump Administration is likely to be more aggressive about resisting China in the South China Sea and more forceful about preventing the erosion of America’s position in the western Pacific.
The United Nations Security Council votes on a resolution on monitoring evacuations from besieged parts of Aleppo. Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Four scenarios that could give the world hope in 2017

Despite the cataclysmic risks of the Cold War, times have never been as dangerous as these since 1945. Freedom and the rule of law are both under threat.

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