Canada appoints career diplomat as new ambassador to China amid strained relations – National

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed career diplomat Jennifer May as Canada’s new ambassador to China as relations remain strained.

In a press release Friday morning, the prime minister’s office announced the appointment of May, who has spent 30 years working as a diplomat on three different continents. Most recently, she was Canada’s Ambassador to Brazil from 2019 and previously worked at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.

“As Ambassador to China, Ms. May will lead Canada’s important work in advancing democratic values, human rights and the rule of law,” the statement announcing her appointment read.

“Your work will be key to advancing Canada’s priorities in Canada-China relations, including supporting the long-standing human, economic and business ties between our two countries.”

The appointment marks a return to form for the post, which has traditionally been filled by career diplomats, but the last two posts have been filled by political appointees – chief executive Dominic Barton and former Liberal cabinet minister John McCallum.

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This shift comes as Canada-China relations remain strained.

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