"Canada is opening more discussions with China as Harper assures that there will be more cross-Pacific exports of energy and other products. China has been buying energy operations in Canada for the past six years. Its portion of foreign investment in Canada is relatively small, but the new North American tension makes Chinese expansion easier.
U.S.-Canada relations may now be weakened by the junior partner, with external opportunities both rich and attractive. There are incentives for Canada, which can restore export stability and diversify the source of its overseas profits by pursuing relationships with China. U.S. critics of Canada’s flirtations with China, such as Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), have discovered that their angry remonstrance does nothing to change Harper’s new strategy.
Unlike past Canadian leaders, Harper can more easily deal with China for the same reason Nixon could go there: Harper has vaccination marks to prove he is an authentic conservative who is not carrying water (though Canada even has export potential in bulk water) for the Left. A stable and diversified export earnings stream is in Canada’s national interest. And China has a fundamental interest in a diverse collection of economic links with G7-level nations."