Canada should be wary of China’s efforts to interfere in its affairs amid pursuit of trade, says former envoy

GUANGZHOU, China — He was a curious 23-year-old in a bustling train station somewhere in China, at the height of its busiest season, Chinese New Year. He and his two friends didn’t have tickets, but it didn’t matter.

“It was wonderful,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week in Beijing as he recalled his first adult excursion to the country. He’d been to China before, of course — as a child, with his father visiting on official political business — but this trip was different.

“The landscapes I got to see, the discovery of myself through travelling through China was extraordinary for me.”