Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Illustration by Luis Grañena Listen to SupChina editor-at-large and Sinica podcast host Kaiser Kuo read this article. When Justin Trudeau first visited China as Canadian prime minister, in August 2016, he brought along his seven-year-old daughter. It was a symbolic gesture, he told reporters in Beijing, because Justin himself had first visited China as a child when his father, Pierre, was prime minister. “The friendship and the openness towards China that my father taught me, I’m certainly hoping to pass on not only to my children but to generations of Canadians in the future,” he said. After years of tensions between the two countries under Trudeau’s predecessor, Stephen Harper, the young Trudeau arrived promising a “reset.” The affection was mutual. Li Keqiang, the Chinese premier, would soon herald a “golden era” of Canada-China relations. It didn't hurt that in China, the Trudeau name was already synonymous with Sino-Canadian optimism. In 1970, the elder Subscribe or register to read the rest. Registered users can access a limited amount of content for free.Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.